Chelsea Lovejoy


Office: 247 Jeter Hall
Phone: 715/232-2667


  • Ph.D. Social and Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Northern Illinois University
  • M.A. Social and Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Northern Illinois University
  • B.A. Psychology
    • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Research Interests

My research interests are in the development and maintenance of academic achievement goal. I am particularly interested in the maladaptive motivational strategies that may be utilized, such as, avoidance goals, self-handicapping, and fear of failure. I am also interested in identifying ways in which these maladaptive goal strategies may be rechanneled to be more effective. Additionally, I am interested in how feeling of competence, challenge, theories of intelligence, interest, and coping strategies influence achievement motivation and classroom performance.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

PSYC-110 General Psychology

PSYC-190 Psychological Research Methods

PSYC-270 Social Cognition and Behavior

PSYC-290 Interpreting Psychological Research

PSYC-325 Psychology of Video Games

PSYC-330 Psychology of Learning

Graduate Courses

PSYC-707 Applied Social Psychology

Recent Publications

Senko, C. Durik, A.M., Patel, L., Lovejoy, C.M., & Valentiner, D. (2013).
Performance-approach goal effects on achievement under low versus high challenge conditions. Learning & Instruction, 23, 60-68

Lovejoy, C.M., & Durik, A.M. (2010). Self-handicapping: The interplay
between self-set and assigned achievement goals. Motivation and Emotion, 3, 242-252.

Durik, A.M., Lovejoy, C.M., & Johnson , S.J. (2009). A longitudinal study of
achievement goals for college in general: Predicting cumulative GPA and variety in course selection. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 34, 113-119.

Recent Presentations

Lovejoy, C.M. & Durik, A.M. (2012, April). Performance-avoidance
goals: Not necessarily bad all of the time, for everyone. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Lovejoy, C.M. & Durik, A.M. (2012, January). End game strategies: The
benefit of fearing failure late in the semester. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Lovejoy, C.M. & Durik, A.M. (2011, May). The benefit of adopting avoidance
goals in an academic context. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.