Nikki Legate, Ph.D


Curriculum vitae

Department of Psychology

Illinois Institute of Technology


I study motivation and well-being using self-determination theory. Most of my work focuses on these two research questions: 
  • How can we promote resilience and well-being in individuals from historically excluded groups?
Research with my collaborators shows that accepting and supportive others (parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, teachers, healthcare providers) are critical to the health and well-being of individuals with a stigmatized identity. Much of this work focuses on LGBTQ+ individuals, finding that accepting others are helpful for coming out, self-acceptance, and mental and physical health.
  • How can workplaces motivate their employees to care about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)? 
Workplace DEI trainings and initiatives often fall short of improving the culture of inclusivity in the organization, and there is growing recognition that this may be because they do not motivate or inspire people to change. My collaborators and I have been applying motivational theory and strategies such as empathizing with feelings that may come up for attendees and avoiding shaming and blaming language to DEI efforts with police officers and staff in the UK. Motivational approaches that inspire - versus force- a personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion appear promising. 
Self-determination theory conference, 2019

Selected Publications:

Ostracism in Real Life: Evidence That Ostracizing Others Has Costs, Even When It Feels Justified

Nicole Legate, Netta Weinstein, Richard M Ryan

Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Taylor \& Francis, 2021, pp. 1--13

Fluctuations in goal pursuits and health in a lesbian, gay, and bisexual sample across a 2-week diary study.

Alexandria M Luxon, Nicole Legate, Netta Weinstein

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, Educational Publishing Foundation, 2021

Crowdsourcing hypothesis tests: Making transparent how design choices shape research results.

Justin F Landy, Miaolei Liam Jia, Isabel L Ding, Domenico Viganola, Warren Tierney, Anna Dreber, Magnus Johannesson, Thomas Pfeiffer, Charles R Ebersole, Quentin F Gronau, others

Psychological Bulletin, vol. 146, American Psychological Association, 2020, p. 451

Motives behind the veil: Women’s affective experiences wearing a veil depend on their reasons for wearing one

Nicole Legate, Netta Weinstein, Khalid Sendi, Maya Al-Khouja

Journal of Research in Personality, vol. 87, Elsevier, 2020, p. 103969

Is Tinder--Grindr use risky? Distinguishing venue from individuals’ behavior as unique predictors of sexual risk

Ronald D Rogge, Dev Crasta, Nicole Legate

Archives of sexual behavior, vol. 49, Springer, 2020, pp. 1263--1277

Examining partnership--health associations among lesbian women and gay men using population-level data

Steve N Du Bois, Nicole Legate, Ashley D Kendall

LGBT health, vol. 6, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers 140 Huguenot Street, 3rd Floor New~…, 2019, pp. 23--33

Identifying basic classes of sexual orientation with latent profile analysis: Developing the multivariate sexual orientation classification system

Nicole Legate, Ronald D Rogge

Archives of sexual behavior, vol. 48, Springer, 2019, pp. 1403--1422

Parenting strategies and adolescents’ cyberbullying behaviors: Evidence from a preregistered study of parent--child dyads

Nicole Legate, Netta Weinstein, Andrew K Przybylski

Journal of youth and adolescence, vol. 48, Springer, 2019, pp. 399--409

Parental autonomy support predicts lower internalized homophobia and better psychological health indirectly through lower shame in lesbian, gay and bisexual adults.

Nicole Legate, Netta Weinstein, William S Ryan, Cody R DeHaan, Richard M Ryan

Stigma and Health, vol. 4, Educational Publishing Foundation, 2019, p. 367

Autonomy support for conflictual and stigmatized identities: Effects on ownership and psychological health.

Netta Weinstein, Nicole Legate, William S Ryan, Constantine Sedikides, Philip J Cozzolino

Journal of Counseling Psychology, vol. 64, American Psychological Association, 2017, p. 584

The pipeline project: Pre-publication independent replications of a single laboratory's research pipeline

Martin Schweinsberg, Nikhil Madan, Michelangelo Vianello, S Amy Sommer, Jennifer Jordan, Warren Tierney, Eli Awtrey, Luke Lei Zhu, Daniel Diermeier, Justin E Heinze, others

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 66, Elsevier, 2016, pp. 55--67

Enhancing need satisfaction to reduce psychological distress in Syrian refugees.

Netta Weinstein, Farah Khabbaz, Nicole Legate

Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, vol. 84, American Psychological Association, 2016, p. 645

Coming out as lesbian, gay, or bisexual: The lasting impact of initial disclosure experiences

William S Ryan, Nicole Legate, Netta Weinstein

Self and Identity, vol. 14, Taylor \& Francis, 2015, pp. 549--569

Mindfulness, work climate, and psychological need satisfaction in employee well-being

Patricia P Schultz, Richard M Ryan, Christopher P Niemiec, Nicole Legate, Geoffrey C Williams

Mindfulness, vol. 6, Springer, 2015, pp. 971--985

Hurting you hurts me too: The psychological costs of complying with ostracism

Nicole Legate, Cody R DeHaan, Netta Weinstein, Richard M Ryan

Psychological science, vol. 24, Sage Publications Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA, 2013, pp. 583--588

Is coming out always a “good thing”? Exploring the relations of autonomy support, outness, and wellness for lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals

Nicole Legate, Richard M Ryan, Netta Weinstein

Social Psychological and Personality Science, vol. 3, Sage Publications Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA, 2012, pp. 145--152

Parental autonomy support and discrepancies between implicit and explicit sexual identities: Dynamics of self-acceptance and defense.

Netta Weinstein, William S Ryan, Cody R DeHaan, Andrew K Przybylski, Nicole Legate, Richard M Ryan

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 102, American Psychological Association, 2012, p. 815


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