Jay C. Kimiecik

Jay C. KimiecikAssociate Professor

202D Phillips Hall

Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.S., Purdue University
B.S., SUNY Cortland

Curriculum Vitae

Research and Writing Interests

I like writing books/articles that explore novel ideas/stories for enhancing health behavior change and optimal living focused on positive subjective experience. My current interests probe the intersection among eudaimonic well-being (e.g., self-expression, one's inner imperative), healthy living, and optimal human functioning. I’m also interested in the “why" and "how” of implementing activities and facilitating experiences to enhance sustainable well-being across the lifespan in various life contexts, such as worksites, schools, and universities.

Courses Taught

KNH 214 Global Well-Being

KNH 329 Psychological Perspectives of Health

KNH 402 Capstone—Expressive Writing in Health and Fitness

KNH 654 Social Psychological Perspectives of Physical Activity

Sample of Publications


Kimiecik, J. & Newburg, D. (2016). Losing weight in six days: A case of the White Horse Island life detective service (A Novel). http://www.amazon.com/Jay-C.-Kimiecik/e/B001KDXPUI

Kimiecik, J., & Newburg, D. (2009). Runner as hero: The inner quest of becoming a runner or athlete or just about anything…at any age. Lanham, MD: Hamilton Press.

Kimiecik, J. (2002). The Intrinsic Exerciser: Discovering the joy of exercise. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.

Book Chapters:

Kimiecik, J., Vealey, R., Wright, E., & Morrison, D. (in press). As positive as it gets: Flow and enjoyment in sport and physical activity. In A. Brady & B. Grenville-Cleave (Eds.), Positive psychology in sport and physical activity: An introduction. Oxford: Routledge.

Kimiecik, J. (2016). The eudaimonics of health: Exploring the promise of well-being for healthier living. In J. Vitterso (Ed.), Handbook of eudaimonic wellbeing (pp. 349-370). Switzerland: Springer.


Kimiecik, J. (2016). Play ball?: Reflections on my father’s youth baseball experiences and why they matter. American Journal of Play, 8, 379-395.

Kimiecik, J., & Horn, T. (epub ahead of print 2016). The big motivational picture: Examining the relationship between positive intrapersonal processes and adolescent health-promoting behaviors. Applied Developmental Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2016.1158651

Lewis, P., Kimiecik, J., Horn, T., Zullig, K., Ward, R. (2014). Can becoming myself influence my health?: Exploring the effects of a eudaimonic-enhancement process on psychological indicators of well-being and physical activity. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 9, 643-665. DOI: 10.1007/s11482-013-9263-5

Kimiecik, J., & Horn, T. (2012). Examining the relationship between family context and children’s physical activity beliefs: The role of parenting style. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 10-18. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.08.004

Kimiecik, J., (2011). The promise of eudaimonic well-being for the practice of health promotion: The “how” is as important as the “what.” Journal of Happiness Studies, 12, 769-792. doi:10.1007/s10902-010-9226-6

Kimiecik, J. (2010). Reflecting on a well-being enhancement experience with ninth graders in a public school: The why, what, and how of a screaming heart. Education in a Democracy: A Journal of the NNER, 2, 95-124.

Professional Service Activity

Co-Founder and Director, Employee Health and Well-Being, Miami University, 2005-2010

Awards/Grants for Teaching/Research

Richard T. Delp Outstanding Faculty Award (2014-15), College of Education, Health and Society, Miami University.

Can becoming myself influence my health?: An exploratory quantitative and qualitative evaluation of a worksite-based well-being enhancement experience. Committee on Faculty Research (CFR). Grant to Promote Research, $2,500, 2011-2012.

The Well-Being Way: A School/Community Collaborative for Positive Youth Development and Healthy Living. WellPoint Foundation, $125,000.

In the News

Eudaimonia - with Jay Kimiecik

In this podcast episode, we explore the possibilities and merits of a philosophical concept called Eudaimonia. And how it could hold the key to greater health and wellbeing for almost everyone.