YU Shi


YU Shi

Assistant professor

Education Background:
Ph.D. Purdue University
Office Address

Teaching B 521


I am looking for potential research assistants. Please contact me if you are interested.


Positive psychology; self-determination theory; educational psychology


Selected Publication in English Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers:

Yu, S., Zhang, F., Nunes, L. D., & Levesque-Bristol, C. (2021). Doing Well vs. Doing Better: Preliminary Evidence for the Differentiation of the “Static” and “Incremental” Aspects of the Need for Competence. Journal of Happiness Studies, 1-21.

Yu, S., & Levesque-Bristol, C. (2020). A Cross-Classified Path Analysis of the Self-Determination Theory Model on the Situational, Individual and Classroom Levels in College Education. Contemporary Educational Psychology.

Yu, S., Zhang, F., Nunes, L., Deng, Y., & Levesque-Bristol, C. (2019). Basic Psychological Needs as a Predictor of Positive Affects: A Look at Peace of Mind and Vitality in Chinese and American College Students. Advance online publication. Journal of Positive Psychology.

Yu, S., Zhang, F., Nunes, L., & Levesque-Bristol, C. (2018). Self-determined motivation to choose college majors, its antecedents, and outcomes: A cross-cultural investigation. Advance online publication. Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Yu, S., & Levesque-Bristol, C. (2018). Are students in some college majors more self-determined in their studies than others? Advance online publication. Motivation and Emotion.

Yu, S., Traynor, A., & Levesque-Bristol, C. (2018). Psychometric examination of the short version of Learning Climate Questionnaire using item response theory. Advance online publication. Motivation and Emotion.

Yu, S., Deng, Y., Yu, H., & Liu, X. (2018). Attachment style moderates the effects of parental promotion of inner compass. Advance online publication. Current Psychology.

Yu, S., Levesque-Bristol, C., & Maeda, Y. (2017). General need for autonomy and subjective well-being: A meta-analysis of studies in the US and East Asia. Advance online publication. Journal of Happiness Studies.

Yu, S., Chen, B., Levesque-Bristol, C., & Vansteenkiste, M. (2018). Chinese education examined via the lens of self-determination. Educational Psychology Review, 30(1), 177-214.

Yu, S., Assor, A., & Liu, X. (2015). Perception of parents as demonstrating the inherent merit of their values: Relations with selfcongruence and subjective wellbeing. International Journal of Psychology, 50(1), 70-74.

Yu, S., Zeng, X., Wang, C., Chen, H., & Liu, X. (2013). Money-primed reactance does not help ensure autonomy. Social Behavior and Personality, 41(8), 1233-1244.

Selected Chinese Book, Chapters, & Journal Papers:

Yu, S. (2013). Happiness. Nanjing: Jiangsu Phoenix Education Publishing House.

Yu, S. (2012). High self-esteem and mental health of teachers. In X. Liu (Ed.), Teachers’ mental health education. Beijing: Kaiming Press.

Yu, S. (2012). The basics of teachers’ interpersonal communication: Empathy, genuineness and self-disclosure. In X. Liu (Ed.), Teachers’ mental health education. Beijing: Kaiming Press.

Yu, S. (2011). Rescuing the desolate heart to the oasis: Book review of Neurotic personality: the code of human mental pain. China Book Review, 2, 124-125.

Ad hoc reviewers:

Journal of Happiness Studies, British Journal of Educational PsychologyApplied Psychology: An International Review, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Learning & Individual Differences, International Journal of Psychology, Psychological Reports, Current Psychology, etc.