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Richard Ryan

Professor of Psychology and Education
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Clinical And Social Sciences In Psychology

Areas of expertise: Motivation, personality, psychotherapy, well-being, materialism, education and video games

Press contact:
Monique Patenaude
(585) 276-3693

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News Releases

Richard Ryan Awarded Honorary Degree from University of Thessaly in Greece
October 17, 2012

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June 15, 2011

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June 30, 2010

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January 15, 2009

University of Rochester Psychologist Awarded Honorary Membership
August 08, 2008

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May 22, 2007

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May 22, 2007

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May 22, 2007

A Reason Why Video Games Are Hard to Give Up
December 26, 2006

Tea Talk by psychologist Richard Ryan on why money doesn't buy happiness
March 21, 2006

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October 26, 2005

Psychologist Richard Ryan Receives Community Education Award
May 25, 2005

Psychologist Appointed to Gowen Endowed Professorship
May 02, 2005

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April 12, 2005

Attempts to Quit Smoking Have More Chances for Success When Clinicians Support Smokers' Motivation for Health, Well-being
September 16, 2004

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July 07, 2003

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July 07, 2003

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July 07, 2003

National Speaker on Motivating Students Addresses Educators at Annual Assessment Conference
July 07, 2003

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June 11, 2003

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Richard Ryan's research focuses on motivation, personality development, and well-being. His current research interests include: acquisition and the impact of materialism; motivation for video games; and facilitation versus undermining of intrinsic motivation for sport and learning, among other topics. He is also involved in applied motivational research in the domains of health care, education, sport, religion, work, and psychotherapy. His research can be directly accessed at:

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