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Jeremy M. Hamm, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Director of the Motivation and Healthy
Adult Development (MHAD) Laboratory

Department of Psychology
North Dakota State University
Office: 232C6 Minard Hall
ResearchGate // Google Scholar // MHAD Lab


*I will be accepting graduate students next year (2022-23).

Research Interests

I am interested in how adults across the life-span respond to stressful life experiences that can threaten health and well-being. This research is based on the premise that individual differences in personal agency and motivation govern successful adaptation during these difficult junctures. I focus on the role of core motivation processes, including personal beliefs (perceived control, attributions, expectations), discrete emotions (hope, excitement, regret), and behaviors (goal engagement strategies). I am also interested in applications of motivation theory. My focus is on developing interventions to foster health and well-being for those who struggle during stressful life transitions.

This research has been featured in scientific journals that include Psychological Science, Motivation SciencePsychoneuroendocrinologyPsychology and Aging, and The Journals of Gerontology among others.


Selected Publications (N Total = 39)

  1. Hamm, J. M., Tan, J. Y. X., Barlow, M. A., Delaney, R. L., & Duggan, K. A. (in press). Goal adjustment capacities in uncontrollable life circumstances: Benefits for psychological well-being during COVID-19. Motivation and Emotion. 
  2. Hamm, J. M., Wrosch, C., Barlow, M. A., & Kunzmann, U. (2021). A tale of two emotions: The diverging salience and health consequences of calmness and excitement in old age. Psychology and Aging. 626-641.
  3. Hamm, J. M., Heckhausen, J., Shane, J., & Lachman, M. E. (2020). Risk of cognitive declines with retirement: Who declines and why? Psychology and Aging, 35, 449-457. doi:10.1037/pag0000453. *Study highlighted in APA press release
  4. Hamm, J. M., Perry, R. P., Chipperfield, J. G., Hladkyj, S., Parker, P. C., & Weiner, B. (2020). Reframing achievement setbacks: A motivation intervention to improve eight-year graduation rates for students in STEM fields. Psychological Science, 31, 623-633. doi:10.1177/0956797620904451*Study highlighted in APS Observer.
  5. Herriot, H., Wrosch, C., Hamm, J. M., & Pruessner, J. C. (2020, in press). Stress-related trajectories of diurnal cortisol in older adulthood over 12 years. Psychoneuroendocrinology. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2020.104826
  6. Hamm, J. M., Heckhausen, J., Shane, J., Infurna, F. J., & Lachman, M. E. (2019). Engagement with six major life domains during the transition to retirement: Stability and change for better or worse. Psychology and Aging, 34, 441-456. doi:10.1037/pag0000343
  7. Hamm, J. M., Kamin, S. T., Chipperfield, J. G., Perry, R. P., & Lang, F. R. (2019). The detrimental consequences of overestimating future health in late life. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 74, 373-381. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx074*Editor’s Choice Article
  8. Shane, J., Hamm, J. M., & Heckhausen, J. (2019). Subjective age at work: Feeling younger or older than one’s actual age predicts perceived control and motivation at work. Work, Aging, and Retirement, 5, 323-332. doi:10.1093/workar/waz013
  9. Hamm, J. M., Chipperfield, J. G., Perry, R. P., Parker, P. C., & Heckhausen, J. (2017). Tenacious self-reliance in health maintenance may jeopardize late life survival. Psychology and Aging, 32, 628-635. doi:10.1037/pag0000201
  10. Hamm, J. M., Perry, R. P., Chipperfield, J. G., Heckhausen, J., & Parker, P. C. (2016). A motivation-enhancing treatment to sustain goal engagement during life course transitions. Motivation and Emotion, 40, 814-829. doi:10.1007/s11031-016-9576-4
  11. Hamm, J. M., Chipperfield, J. G., Perry, R. P., Heckhausen, J., & Mackenzie, C. S. (2014). Conflicted goal engagement: Undermining physical activity and health in late life. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69(4), 533-542. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu048


A full list of my publications can be found on ResearchGate or Google Scholar.

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