I joined the University of Limerick in September 2009 after working for two and a half years as a post doctoral research and teaching fellow at the Centre for Research on Self and Identity (University of Southampton, UK). I received a doctorate in Social Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2006 (DeKalb, IL, USA); an MA in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University Chicago in1999; and a BSc in Psychology with an academic minor in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 1997. From 1998 to 2001, I worked at SPSS, Inc. in Chicago as a quality assurance software analyst.
Broadly, I study mental health and well-being through the lens of social cognition. I study the interactions between the self, emotions, and autobiographical memory-long-term memory for the contexts, individuals, and personal feelings associated with life events. An example is research on the fading affect bias: the tendency for unpleasant feelings associated with past negative events to fade faster over time than the pleasant feelings associated with past positive events. A related interest is research on mnemic neglect: the tendency for people to ignore self-threatening information about the self and fail to ignore such information about someone else. Another theme is research on nostalgia: bittersweet feelings that are usually prompted by thinking about the past.
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Health Psychology
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
- Hepper, E. G., Ritchie, T. D., Sedikides, C., & Wildschut, T. (2012). Odyssey's end: Lay conceptions of nostalgia reflect its original homeric meaning. Emotion, 12, 102-119.
- Ritchie, T. D., Sedikides, C., Wildschut, T., Arndt, J., & Gidron, Y. (2011). Self-concept clarity mediates the relation between stress and subjective well-being. Self and Identity 10, 493-508.
- Kingston, J. L., Clarke, S., Ritchie, T. D., & Remington, R. E. (2011). Developing and validating the "Composite Measure of Problem Behaviors." Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 736-751.
- Finkelstein, L. M., Allen, T. D., Ritchie, T. D., Lynch, J. E., & Montei, M. S. (2011). A dyadic examination of the role of relationship characteristics and age on relationship satisfaction in a formal mentoring programme. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. doi:10.1080/1359432X.2011.594574
- Walker, W. R., Skowronski, J. J., Gibbons, J. A., Vogl, R. J., & Ritchie, T. D. (2009). Why people rehearse their memories: Frequency of use and relations to the intensity of emotions associated with autobiographical memories. Memory, 17, 760-773.
- Ritchie, T. D., Skowronski, J. J., Hartnett, J. L., Wells, B. M., & Walker, W. R. (2009). The fading affect bias in the context of emotion activation level, mood, and personal theories of emotion change. Memory, 17, 428-444.
- Ritchie, T. D., & Skowronski, J. J. (2008). Perceived change in the affect associated with dreams: The fading affect bias and its moderators. Dreaming, 18, 27-43.
- Skowronski, J. J., Ritchie, T. D., Walker, W. R., Betz, A. L., Sedikides, C., Bethencourt, L. A., & Martin, A. L. (2007). Ordering our world: The quest for traces of temporal organization in autobiographical memory. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 850-856.
- Ritchie, T. D., Skowronski, J. J., Wood, S. E., Walker, W. R., Vogl, R. J., & Gibbons, J. A. (2006). Event self-importance, event rehearsal, and the fading affect bias in autobiographical memory. Self and Identity, 5, 172-195.
- Ritchie, T. D., Skowronski, J. J., Walker, W. R., & Wood, S. E. (2006). Comparing two perceived characteristics of autobiographical memory: Memory detail and accessibility. Memory, 14, 471-485.
- Advanced Analysis I & II (graduate)
- Attitudes and Persuasion (graduate)
- Biological Basis of Behaviour (undergraduate)
- Cognitive Psychology & Psycholinguistics (graduate)
- Social Cognition (undergraduate)
- Theory and Methods I (undergraduate)
Timothy D. Ritchie
Department of Psychology
Computer Science Building
University of Limerick
- Phone: 353 (0)61 213 073