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Timothy Ritchie

  • PhD
  • Assistant Professor
  • University of Limerick
  • 16PublicationsNumber of items in Timothy's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 39Followers


Biographical Details I joined the University of Limerick in September 2009 after working for two and a half years as a post doctoral research and teaching fellow at the Centre for Research on Self and Identity (University of Southampton, UK). I received a doctorate in Social Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2006 (DeKalb, IL, USA); a MA in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University Chicago in1999; and a BSc in Psychology with an academic minor in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 1997. From 1998 to 2001, I worked at SPSS, Inc. in Chicago as a quality assurance software analyst. Research Broadly, I study mental health and well-being through the lens of social cognition. I study the interactions between the self, emotions, and autobiographical memory-long-term memory for the contexts, individuals, and personal feelings associated with life events. An example is research on the fading affect bias: the tendency for unpleasant feelings associated with past negative events to fade faster over time than the pleasant feelings associated with past positive events. A related interest is research on mnemic neglect: the tendency for people to ignore self-threatening information about the self and fail to ignore such information about someone else. Another theme is research on nostalgia: bittersweet feelings that are usually prompted by thinking about the past.

Recent publications

  • Positive state mindfulness: A multidimensional model of mindfulness in relation to positive experience

    • Ritchie T
    • Bryant F
  • Perceived Change in the Affect Associated With Dreams: The Fading Affect Bias and Its Moderators

    • Ritchie T
    • Skowronski J

Professional experience

Assistant Professor

University of Limerick

August 2009 - Present

Post Doctoral Research / Teaching Fellow

University of Southampton

January 2007 - July 2009(3 years)

Doctoral Student Research Assistant

Northern Illinois University

August 2003 - December 2006(3 years)

Psychometric Data Analyst

Riverside Publishing Company

December 2002 - July 2003(7 months)

Quality Assurance Analyst, Product Development

SPSS, Inc.

February 1999 - May 2001(2 years)


Ph. D. Social Psychology

Northern Illinois University

August 2003 - December 2006(3 years)

M.A. Clinical Psychology

Roosevelt University

January 1997 - May 1999(2 years)

B.S. Psychology, Minor in Philosophy

Loyola University Chicago

September 1994 - January 1997(2 years)


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