Richard M. Ryan
Richard M. Ryan is a professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University and a research professor at the University of Rochester. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University for Rochester and his B.A. from the University of Connecticut. Ryan is a clinical psychologist and co-developer with Edward L. Deci, of Self-Determination Theory (SDT), one of the most influential theories of human motivation. SDT is a macrotheory of motivation, psychological development and wellness. The theory has spawned basic research on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and the facilitaition and undermining of volitional motivation. SDT has been widely applied on research and interventions in work organizations, schools, clinical settings, virtual environments and sports, among other areas of application.
Ryan is one of the leading theorists of human motivation ranking among the top 1% of researchers in the field. Reflective of his influence internationally and across disciplines, he has been recognized as one of the eminent psychologists of the modern era, Post-World War II. He is also among the most cited researchers in psychology and social sciences today.
He has authored over 350 papers and books in the areas of human motivation, personality, and psychological well-being. His book Intrinsic motivation and self-determination in human behavior, co-authored with Edward L. Deci in 1985, has been cited over 31,000 times according to Google Scholar. His article Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being was the 6th most cited Psychiatry and Psychology article of its decade. In 2017, Ryan and Deci comprehensively examine four decades of motivational research in Self-determination theory: Basic psychological needs in motivation, development and wellness. Other works by Ryan include the highly-ranked, Glued to Games which is a scientific perspective of how video games motivate players.
Ryan has received three lifetime achievement awards for his contributions to the field on motivation, personal meaning, and self and identity, including the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Network on Personal Meaning. He has earned fellowships from the Leverhulme Foundation and the James McKeen Cattell Fund, and was a visiting professor at the Max Plank Institute, The University of Bath, and the National Institute of Education at the Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Thessaly.
He lectures frequently in the United States and aboard on Self-Determination Theory and the factors that promote motivation and healthy psychological and behavioral functioning.
He is also a co-founder of Immersyve, Inc., a motivational consulting company in Orlando, FL.
- Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2017). Self-determination theory: Basic psychological needs in motivation, development, and wellness. New York: Guilford Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4625-2876-9
- Rigby, C. S., & Ryan, R. M. (2011). Glued to games: How video games draw us in and hold us spellbound. ISBN 978-0313362248
- Deci, Edward L. (2006). Richard M. Ryan, ed. The Handbook of Self-Determination Research. University of Rochester Press. ISBN 1-58046-156-5
- Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2000). "Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being." American Psychologist, 55, 68-78.
- Deci, E. L., & Ryan, R. M. (2000). "The 'what' and 'why' of goal pursuits: Human needs and the self-determination of behavior." Psychological Inquiry, 11, 227-268.
- Deci, Edward L.; Ryan, Richard M. (1985). Intrinsic motivation and self-determination in human behavior. New York: Plenum. ISBN 0-306-42022-8.
- "Richard M. Ryan on the many applications of self-determination theory". ScienceWatch. August 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
- Diner, Ed; Oishi, Shiegehiro; Parker, Jung Yeun (2014). "An Incomplete List of Eminent Psychologists of the Modern Era". Archives of Scientific Psychology. 2: 20–32. doi:10.1037/arc0000006.
- Deci, Edward L.; Ryan, Richard M. (1985). Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior. New York: Plenum. ISBN 978-1-4899-2271-7.
- Ryan, Richard; Deci, Edward (2000). "Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being". American Psychologist. 55: 68–78. doi:10.1023/A:1007084005278.
- Ryan, Richard M.; Deci, Edward L. (2017). Self-determination theory: Basic psychological needs in motivation, development, and wellness. New York: Guilford. ISBN 978-1-4625-2876-9.
- Rigby, C. Scott; Ryan, Richard M. (2011). Glued to Games: How Video Games Draw Us In and Hold Us Spellbound. New York: Prager. ISBN 978-0313362248.
- "Richard Ryan Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Network on Personal Meaning". University of Rochester News. August 15, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2013.