Saint Xavier University Faculty

Psychology Faculty

Jeffrey Millerjeff miller

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).

Courses Taught

Currently (Spring 2019)

Planned (Fall 2019 or future)


Selected Publications

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.