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 am most interested in writing books/articles that explore novel ideas/stories for enhancing health behaviors and wellbeing via positive subjective experience (e.g., flow). My current interests probe the intersection between optimal well-being and healthy living within sustainable environments. I am 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

My approach to teaching is guided by narrative pedagogy, which uses story as the primary means for exploring course topics. Within narrative pedagogy the student’s experience becomes part of—and shapes—the course content.   

KNH 214 Global Well-Being

KNH 329 Psychological Perspectives of Health

KNH 402 Capstone—Expressive Writing in Health and Medicine

KNH 623 Qualitative Research Approaches in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health

KNH 654 Social Psychological Perspectives of Physical Activity (Physical Activity Motivation)

Sample of Publications


Kimiecik, J., & Newburg, D. (2022). Exploring the concept of feel for wellbeing and performance: How we lost the felt experience, why it matters, and how to return to our natural way of being. Routledge/Taylor & Francis.  https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003304326

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. Hamilton Press.

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

Book Chapters

Kimiecik, J., Vealey, R., Wright, E., & Morrison, D. (2018). 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 (pp. 115-128). 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). Springer.


Kimiecik, J. (2022). The feel of currere. Currere Exchange Journal, 6, 63-73. https://cej.lib.miamioh.edu/index.php/CEJ/issue/view/12/10

Kimiecik, J. (2022). The baseball boys of Onionville: A personal reflection on the rise and fall of small-town ball in a New York village. NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, 31, 8-16. DOI: 10.1353/nin.2022.0006

Teas, E., Kimiecik, J., Ward, R., & Timmerman, K. (2022). Intuitive eating and biomarkers related to cardiovascular disease in older adults. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 54, 412-421. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2022.01.010

Kimiecik, J., Horn, T., Newman. T., & Kimiecik, C. (2020). Moving adolescents for a lifetime of physical activity: Shifting to interventions aligned with the third health revolution. Health Psychology Review, 14 (4), 486-503. DOI: 10.1080/17437199.2019.1700820

Kimiecik, J., & Teas, E. (2020). Express your self: Exploring the nature of the expressive self and the health and well-being consequences of its restriction in a market society. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. doi:10.1177/0022167820966154

Kimiecik, J., Ward, R. M., & Sohns (Teas), E. (2020). Back to basics: Tracing college students’ physical activity, diet, and alcohol and marijuana use back to well-being. American Journal of Health Studies34, 11-22.

Kimiecik, J., & Horn, T. (2017). The big motivational picture: Examining the relationship between positive intrapersonal processes and adolescent health-promoting behaviors. Applied Developmental Science21(1), 42-57. DOI: 10.1080/10888691.2016.1158651

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

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.