Quiet Ego & Well-Being Research Group
Lab Director: Heidi A. Wayment, Ph.D.
The scope of research Dr. Wayment supervises spans topics related to self-identity, well-being, coping with stressors, and predictors of health behavior. Dr. Wayment’s expertise is in social psychology, health psychology, and sport psychology with methodological expertise in survey, experimental, and data science methods and analysis . In 2005 she, along with her colleague Jack Bauer, coined the term “quiet ego” to describe a self-identity rooted in balance and growth goals. Research on the quiet ego has demonstrated its utility in coping with stress, and in the intervening years a brief intervention has been developed. Since at NAU, Dr. Wayment has supervised nearly 25 masters’ theses and publishes often with her students. The purpose of this research group is to conduct theoretically driven research, using classic and novel methods of data collection and analysis, develop presentation and writing skills.
Note: Asterisks denote NAU student coauthors.
Recent Publications with Student Involvement Accordion Closed
Eiler, B.A., **Al-Kire, R., **Doyle, P., & Wayment, H.A. (in press). Power and trust dynamics of sexual violence: A textual analysis of Nassar victim impact statements and #MeToo disclosures on Twitter. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.
Wayment, H.A., Huffman, A.H., & **Irving, L.H. (2018). Self-reported health among unemployed adults: The role of quiet ego, self-compassion, and post-traumatic growth. Occupational Health Science, 2(3), 247-267.
**James, N.M. & Wayment, H.A. (2018). Testing the dyadic-withdrawal hypothesis in single and dating college students. Journal sur l’identité, les relations interpersonnelles et les relations intergroupes (JIRIRI), 11, 20-30.
Wayment, H.A., **Al-Kire, R., & **Brookshire, K. (2018). Challenged and changed: Quiet ego and post-traumatic growth in mothers raising children with ASD. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice.
Wayment, H.A. & **Cavolo, K.M. (2018). Quiet ego, self-regulatory skills, and perceived stress in college students. Journal of American College Health.
Wayment, H.A. & **Brookshire, K. (2018). Predictors of grief and distress reactions in mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 48(4),1147-1158.
Wayment, H.A., **West, T., & **Craddock, E. (2016). 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, 28(2), 93–114.
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.
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.
Recent Thesis Defenses Accordion Closed
2018 Patrick Doyle: Cultural Influences and College Team Concussion Disclosure: Data Mining and Social Network Analyses of Exo- and Macro-Factors
2017 Taylor S. Lane: Social Connection, Social Support, and Positive Change Following Collective Loss
2016 Akca, Ece: Quiet ego in American and Turkish students (co-chair with Dr. Nebi Sumer, Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi).
2015 Emily Craddock: The relationship of self-interest and compassion goal orientation on self- regulation: The role of quiet ego characteristics.
2014 Kateryna Boyce: Self-Awareness, Interdependence, Compassion, & Growth: Development of a Quiet Ego Scale.
Dr. Wayment will not be taking students in 2018–2019. If interested in 2019–2020 please send Dr. Wayment an email at Heidi.Wayment@nau.edu. Preference to students with literature review, statistical, and writing skills.