Saint Xavier University Faculty

Psychology Faculty

Jeffrey Millerjeff miller

Assistant Professorial Lecturer


Areas of Specialization

Approach Motivation, Positive Affectivity, Embodiment, Chronotypes and Impulsive Personality, and Psychology and Law.


Dr. Miller joined the Saint Xavier University Psychology Department in August of 2014. He earned his Ph.D. ('14) from Iowa State University. While in grad school Dr. Miller was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Graduate Teaching Fellowship for his dedication to undergraduate education, and was also a recipient of the Iowa State Psychology Department's Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Miller has published research in a handful of domains across the field of research psychology. He maintains an active research lab on the SXU campus whose efforts are most consistently aimed at delineating the relationship between physical movement (e.g., routine walking) and motivation, but he is also happy to offer his knowledge on emotions, impulsivity, chronotypes (i.e., sleep patterns), psychology and law, and human personality in support of his colleagues and research-oriented undergraduate students alike.

Additionally, Dr. Miller is the faculty liaison for the SXU Psychology Club, an active member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), and a 2008 graduate (B.A., Psychology) of Saint Xavier University. He was named the Registered Student Organization "Advisor of the Year" for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years, and is currently the Faculty Senate representative for SXU's full-time, non-tenure-track faculty.

Any SXU students who are interested in working as volunteer research assistants in Dr. Miller's lab should contact him for details ( Students in a research assistant role help run research study sessions, organize data, and are offered the opportunity to attend a local professional academic conference.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Miller, J. C., Krizan, Z., Rose, J. P. Yang, Y., & Zhang, J. (2016). Descriptive and Prescriptive Affect Norm Comparisons, Culture, and Well-being. submitted for publication

Miller, J. C. & Krizan, Z. (2016). Walking Facilitates Positive Affect (Even When Expecting the Opposite). Emotion (advanced online publication prior to press)

Norvilas, A. & Miller, J. C. (2015) Remembering Dates of Birth: Memory as a Discursive Process. Psichologija, 51, 7-28.

Scherr, K. C., Miller, J. C., & Kassin, S. M. (2014). "Midnight Confessions": The effect of chronotype asynchrony on admissions of wrongdoing. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36,321-328. 

Krizan, Z., Miller, J. C., & Johar, O. (2010). Wishful thinking in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. Psychological Science, 21(1), 140-146.

Norvilas, A. & Miller, J. C. (2010) Implicit detection of change: Can we do without awareness? Psichologija, 42, 7-21.