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Tim Ritchie

Title:Coord Educ Quality & Assmnt
Department:Inst. Research & Assessment


Timothy D. Ritchie, Ph.D., collaborates with scholars locally and internationally. He is a peer reviewer for 40+ scientific journals, publishing companies, and grant agencies and an author of 60+ peer-reviewed journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters.

In 2014, Ritchie was hired by SXU as an associate professor and was chair of the Psychology Department for seven consecutive years. He was tenured in 2017, promoted to full professor in 2020, and works full time with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Ritchie studied psychology and philosophy during undergrad. On weekends and during summers, for three years, Ritchie learned theory and research skills in immunology and neurobiology and participated in an additional fellowship in biological psychiatry and psychopharmacology.

Next, he earned a graduate clinical psychology degree (while also paying off loans) as a new hacker and apprentice of automation software engineering for a statistics company.

After more than three years in the analytic software business, Ritchie studied vision, sleep, and death as a visiting graduate student in Germany's Max Planck Institute for Neural and Behavioral Sciences.

Returning home, Ritchie worked as a psychometric analyst for an educational assessment publishing company near Chicago. The next year, he began doctoral research in social psychology, memory, and emotions with a minor in quantitative methodology.

After graduating, he began a post-doctoral fellowship in the UK. Two years later, he served as a lecturer in Ireland for five years.


Ph.D. in Social and Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Northern Illinois University

M.A. in Clinical Psychology
Roosevelt University Chicago

B.S. in Psychology
Loyola University Chicago

Areas of Specialization

  • Autobiographical Memory
  • Emotion
  • Social Cognition
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Subjective Well-being

Courses Taught

  • PSYCH 242: Stress Management
  • PSYCH 300: Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • PSYCH 301: Research Methods
  • PSYCH 311: Physiological Psychology
  • PSYCH 325: Individual and Group Therapy
  • PSYCH 391: Directed Research
  • PSYCH 399: Independent Study
  • HONOR 320: Interdisciplinary Seminar: On Heroism
  • HONOR 352/353: Honors Senior Project
  • GERON 395: Capstone Project


Bunting, S. R., Calabrese, S. K., Spigner, S. T., Goetz, T. G., Morrison, S. D., Zucker, S. M., Ritchie, T. D., Garber, S. S., & Batteson, T. J. (2022). Evaluating medical students’ views of the complexity of sexual minority patients and implications for care. LGBT Health. 9(5):348-358. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2021.0023

Bunting, S. R., Calabrese, S. K., Garber, S. S., Ritchie, T. D., & Batteson, T. J. (2021). Where do health professions students learn about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PeEP) for HIV prevention? Medical Science Educator.

Bunting, S. R., Chirica, M. G., Ritchie, T. D., Garber, S. S., & Batteson, T. J. (2020). A national study of medical students' attitudes toward sexual and gender minority populations: Evaluating the effects of demographics and training. LGBT Health.

Bunting, S. R., Garber, S. S., Goldstein, R. H., Calabrese, S. K., Ritchie, T. D., & Batteson, T. J. (2020). Health professions students' awareness, knowledge, and confidence regarding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): Results of a national, multidisciplinary survey. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001263

Bunting, S. R., Garber, S. S., Goldstein, R. H., Ritchie, T. D., Batteson, T. J., & Keyes, T. (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. doi: 10.1037/a0036790

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. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2014.884138

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. doi: 10.1037/met0000013

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(3), 150-181. (open source link to full PDF)

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.