Heidi A. Wayment , PhD

Heidi A. Wayment Professor
Northern Arizona University
Social Psychology
Blg 60 Rm #313
Phone: 928-523-0575

BA Biola College, 1977
MA USC, 1987, UCLA 1989
PhD UCLA 1992
Post-Doc Fellowship (NIMH; UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)
Fellow, Society of Experimental Social Psychology
Fellow, Association of Psychological Sciences
Fellow, Western Psychological Association

Professional interests

Dr. Wayment is a social psychologist with specialization in health psychology. Her research interests are primarily related to self and identity and coping with stressful life events. Her most recent research interests concern the “Quiet Ego” which is a compassionate self-identity—an identity that balances the need for self-protection and growth. Dr. Wayment’s research examines how individuals can cultivate quiet ego characteristics and their effectiveness on strengthening resilience and well-being.

Recent publications

  • Wayment, H.A. & Bauer, J.J. (forthcoming). The Quiet Ego: Concept, Measurement, and Well-Being. Chapter to appear in M.D. Robinson and M. Eid (Eds.), The Happy Mind: Cognitive Contributions to Well-Being. Springer Publishing.
  • Wayment, H.A., West, T., & Craddock, E. (in press). Compassionate Values as a Resource During the Transition to College: Quiet Ego, Compassionate Goals, and Self-Compassion. Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.
  • Wayment, H.A., & Bauer, J.J. (in press). The Quiet Ego: Motives and Values for the Balance and Growth of the Self and Others in Relation to Well-Being. Journal of HappinessStudies.
  • Wayment, H.A. & McDonald, R. (in press). Sharing a personal trainer: Individual and social Benefits of individualized small group training. Journal of Strength andConditioning Research.
  • Lininger, M.R., Wayment, H.A., Huffman, A. H., Irving, L. H., & Craig, D.I. (in press). An exploratory study on concussion-reporting behaviors from collegiate student athletes’ perspectives. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care.
  • Clark, T., & Wayment, H.A. (in press). Integrating Online Career-Development Skills in a Management Course: Increased Career Confidence and Adult Identity. Journal of theAcademy of Business Education.
  • Wayment, H.A., & Walters, A.S. (2016). Goal Orientation and Well Being in College Athletes: The Importance of Athletic Social Connectedness. Journal of Sport Sciences, http:// www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02640414.2016.1257147.
  • Collier, A.D., Wayment, H.A., & Birkett, M. (2016). Impact of Making Textile Handcrafts on Mood Enhancement and Inflammatory Immune Changes. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/ 10.1080/07421656.2016.1226647.
  • Wayment, H.A., Collier, A., Birkett, M., Traustadottir, T., & Till, R.(2015) Brief quiet ego contemplation reduces oxidative stress and mind wandering. Frontiers in Psychology:Psychology for Clinical Settings. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01481
  • Huffman, A. H., Irving, L., & Wayment, H A. (2015). The Quiet Ego: Assuaging Organizational Concerns About Mindfulness. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 8, 661-667. doi:10.1017/iop.2015.96 http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1754942615000966

Selected Publications

  • Wayment, H.A., Wiist, B., Sullivan, B., & Warren, M. (2011).  Doing and being: The relationship of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation to Buddhist's psychological and physical health. Journal of Happiness Studies, 12. 575-589. DOI: 10.1007/s10902-010-9216.6.
  • Wayment, H.A., & Bauer, J. (2008). Transcending self-interest: Psychological explorations of the quiet ego.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Wayment, H.A., Barger, S.D., Woodward Tolle, L., & O'Mara, E.M. (2010). Who gets blamed after a collective tragedy? The role of distress, identification with victims, and time. Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives in Stress and Coping. DOI: 10.1080/15325024.2010.508367
  • Wiist, W.H., Sullivan, D.M., & Wayment, H.A. (2010).  Buddhists’ religious and health practices. Journal of Religion and Health.  DOI: 10.1007/s10943-010-9348-5
  • Wayment, H.A., & Dickson, K.L  (2008). Increasing student participation in undergraduate research benefits students, faculty, and department. Teaching of Psychology, 35, 194-197.
  • Wayment, H.A. & O'Mara, E.  (2008). The collective and compassionate consequences of downward social comparisons.  In H.A. Wayment & J.J. Bauer (Eds.), Transcending self-interest: Psychological explorations of the quiet ego (pp. 159-169).  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Bauer, J.J., & Wayment, H.A. (2008). The psychology of quieting the ego.  In H.A. Wayment & J.J. Bauer (Eds.), Transcending self-interest: Psychological explorations of the quiet ego (pp. 7-19). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • Wayment, H.A.  (2006).  Attachment style, empathy, and helping following a collective loss: Evidence from the September 11th terrorist attacks.  Attachment and Human Development. 8,1-9.
  • Wayment, H.A. (2005). The content and formation of college students’ relational standards. Current Research in Social Psychology. 10, 250-267.
  • Wayment, H.A., & Kemeny, M.E. (2004).  Predictors of grief and depressed mood among gay men following an AIDS-related loss.  Journal of Loss and Trauma, 9, 1-31.
  • Wayment, H.A. (2004).  It could have been me: Vicarious victims and disaster-focused distress. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 515-528.
  • Huffman, A. H., Culbertson, S. S., Wayment, H. A., & Irving, L. (2015). Resource Replacement and Psychological Well-being During Unemployment: The Role of Family Support. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 89, 74-82. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2015.04.011

  • Wayment, H.A., Bauer, J. J., & Sylaska, K. (2015). The Quiet Ego Scale: Measuring the Compassionate Self-Identity. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16, 999-1033. 10.1007/s10902-014-9546-z

  • Bauer, J. J., Park, S. W., Montoya, R. M., & Wayment, H. A. (2014). Growth motivation: Toward two facets of eudaimonic self-development. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16, 185-210. DOI 10.1007/s10902-014-9504-9


Dr. Wayment has taught undergraduate courses in social psychology, self and identity, positive psychology, research methods, and conservation psychology as well as graduate courses in social psychology and multivariate statistics. Dr. Wayment has a consistent record of involving undergraduate and graduate students in her lab.