The University of Rochester Motivation Research Group
SDT is an approach to studying motivation and personality that has evolved over the past 30 years from psychological research conducted by Edward L. Deci, Richard M. Ryan, and their collaborators from around the world. Deci and Ryan are professors in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Rochester, where they direct a research program in human motivation that draws together a group of psychologists, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars with diverse backgrounds who are engaged in a variety of research programs, both basic and applied, including studies of volition and autonomy, achievement motivation, and interpersonal relationships.

Institute for Research and Reform in Education
The president of IRRE is James P. Connell who was formerly a faculty member in the Human Motivation Program at the University of Rochester, where he collaborated on research with Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci. Currently, IRRE uses some of the motivational ideas contained within Self-Determination Theory to do school reform and youth development.

Motivation & Emotion
Motivation and Emotion is a premier specialty journal in its area and has had a long reputation for publishing significant empirical research and reviews focused on human motivation and affect. The journal emphasizes empirical research but may also include theoretical and methodological articles of either a basic or applied nature from any area of psychology and behavioral science, provided that the focus is on motivation and/or emotion. All submissions are handled electronically; to submit a manuscript, please logon to:

Motivation in Educational Research Laboratory (MERL)
A part of Singapore’s National Institute of Education, MERL‘s main focus is on motivational issues in education. The research lab adopts Self-Determination Theory as the core theory in guiding research, and also integrating other motivational theories in their research. MERL’s aim is to translate research findings into practical guides for teachers and practitioners. In Asia, MERL is the only satellite laboratory of the Rochester Human Motivation Lab, led by Associate Professors John Wang, Liu Woon Chia and Nikos Chatzisarantis, and is advised by Professor Tan Onn Seng. To find out more about MERL, click here.

The Center for a New American Dream
The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans to reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice. Working with individuals, institutions, businesses, and communities to conserve natural resources, counter the commercialization of our culture, support community engagement, and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed.

Relevant Professional Associations

  • The Society for Personality and Social Psychology — SPSP is an association of psychologists who are empirically oriented and have interests that are generally in line with those of the SDT faculty. Most SDT faculty members belong to this association.
  • The Society for the Study of Motivation – SSM is an international, interdisciplinary organization of researchers who study motivation. Its mission is to encourage inquiry into all aspects of motivation from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, and to facilitate the dissemination of findings to a broad scientific audience.