Assistant Professorial Lecturer
Areas of Specialization
Motivation, Emotion, Biopsychology (including: Physical Activity, Embodiment, Diurnal Rhythms), Wellness, Psych & Law, Personality
Dr. Miller joined the Saint Xavier University Psychology Department in August of 2014. He earned his Ph.D. ('14) from Iowa State University, along with a statistics minor and certificate in quantitative psychology. While at Iowa State 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 annual Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Miller's research is targeted toward defining the relationship between human biological processes (e.g., physical activity, sleep/wake cycles) and motivation, emotion/affect/mood, and wellness. He has published in these domains, conducted numerous interviews, given invited talks, and earned financial support for his research. Dr. Miller regularly conducts manuscript reviews for Motivation and Emotion, among other peer-review activity for academic journals in psychology. He runs an active research lab that involves undergraduate students as research assistants in support of Dr. Miller's research program, with availability and space for student-driven research projects. Interested students may email Dr. Miller if they want to apply to become research assistants, or if they want to discuss a project idea they might have that is related to Dr. Miller's areas of specialization or other areas of psychology.
While at SXU Dr. Miller has served on SXU's Faculty Senate, and has been called to work with critical data in support of administrative-level decision-making and student success initiatives. He currently serves as faculty liaison for each of SXU's Psychology Club, Speech Club, and Chess Club registered student organizations (RSOs). Dr. Miller has twice been awarded the RSO "Advisor of the Year" (2014-2015, 2015-2016). He is also an active member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA).
Currently (Spring 2019)
- PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology
- PSYCH 232: Personality Psychology
- PSYCH 303: Human Motivation
- PSYCH 317: History and Systems of Psychology
Planned (Fall 2019 or future)
- PSYCH 335: Sports Psychology
- Psych 341: Health Psychology
- PSYCH 199: Lifespan Development
- PSYCH 200: Child Psychology
- PSYCH 206: Social Psychology
- PSYCH 301: Research Methods
- PSYCH 315: Cognitive Psychology
- PSYCH 340: Testing and Measurement
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.