Psychology Faculty

Timothy D. Ritchieritchie

Professor, Department Chair


Areas of Specialization

Social Cognition, Emotion, Affect, Autobiographical Memory, Subjective Well-being, Organizational Behavior, Stress


Dr. Ritchie collaborates with scholars locally and internationally, is a peer reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals, and an author on +50 peer-reviewed journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters.


Department Chair, Psychology Department, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, USA (since 2014)

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Limerick, Ireland (2014-2009)

Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, England (2009-2007)

Psychometric Analyst, Research Department, Riverside Publishing Company, Itasca, IL (2003-2002)

Quality Assurance Analyst, Product Development, IBM SPSS, Inc., Chicago, IL (2001-1998)


Ph.D., Social and Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Northern Illinois University (2006-2003)

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Roosevelt University Chicago (1999-1997)

B.S., Psychology, Philosophy minor, Loyola University Chicago (1997-1994)

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Bunting, S. R., Garber, S. S., Goldstein, R. H., Keyes, T., Batteson, T. J., & Ritchie, T. D. (2020). Student education about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) varies between regions of the United States. Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Ritchie, T. D., Kitsch, K. S., Dromey, M., & Skowronski, J. J. (2018). Individuals who report eating disorder symptoms also exhibit a disrupted fading affect bias in autobiographical memory. Memory. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2018.1502321

Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R. (2017). On the bravery and courage of heroes: Considering gender. Heroism Science, 2(1), 1-14.

Kinsella, E. L., Igou, E. R., & Ritchie, T. D. (2017). Heroism and the pursuit of a meaningful life. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0022167817701002

Ritchie, T. D., Sedikides, C., & Skowronski, J. J. (2017). Does a person selectively recall the good or the bad from their personal past? It depends on the recall target and the person's favorability of self views. Memory, 25, 934-944.

Ritchie, T. D., Sedikides, C., & Skowronski, J. J. (2015). Emotions experienced at event recall and the self: Implications for the regulation of self-esteem, self-continuity and meaningfulness. Memory. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2015.1031678

Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R. (2015). Zeroing in on heroes: A prototype analysis of hero features. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108, 114-127.

Ritchie, T. D., Walker, W. R., Marsh, S., Hart, C., & Skowronski, J. J. (2015). Narcissism distorts the fading affect bias in autobiographical memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29, 104-114.

Hepper, E. G., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., Ritchie, T. D., Yung, Y-F., Hansen, N., Abakoumkin, G., Arikan, G., Cisek, S. Z., Demassosso, D. B., Gebauer, J. E., Gerber, J., Gonzales, R., Kusumu, T., Misra, G., Rusu, M., Ryan, O., Stephan, E., Vingerhoets, A. J. J., Zhou, X. (2014). Pancultural nostalgia: Prototypical conceptions across cultures. Emotion, 14, 733-747.

Ritchie, T. D., Batteson, T. J., Bohn, A., Crawford, M. T., Ferguson, G. V., Schrauf, R. W., Vogl, R. J., & Walker, W. R. (2014). A pancultural perspective on the fading affect bias in autobiographical memory. Memory, 23, 278-290.

Ritchie, T. D., Skowronski, J. J., Cadogan, S., & Sedikides, C. (2014). Affective responses to self-defining autobiographical events. Self and Identity, 13, 513.534.

Sagarin, B. J., West, S. T., Ratnikov, A., Homan, W. K., Ritchie, T. D., & Hansen, E. J. (2014). Treatment non-compliance in randomized experiments: Statistical approaches and design issues. Psychological Methods, 19, 317-333.

Ritchie, T. D., & Batteson, T. J. (2013). Perceived changes in ordinary autobiographical events' affect and visual imagery colorfulness. Consciousness and Cognition, 22, 461-470.

Ritchie, T. D., & Bryant, F. B. (2012). Positive mindfulness: A multidimensional model of state mindfulness in relation to positive experience. International Journal of Wellbeing, 2, 150-181.

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.

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.

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.