Michael Phillips

Michael PhillipsPh.D. Educational Psychology and Educational Technology - Michigan State University

B.S. – Psychology - University of Nebraska – Omaha

Courses Taught

Motivation, Educational Psychology, Research Methods, graduate seminar: Psychology of Interest and Boredom

Research Interests

My primary research interests span several areas of motivation along with particular methodologies used to study motivation in the moment. First, and central to my program of research, is the area related to the psychology of interest and it’s relationship to other motivational and academic factors. Currently, I have been exploring the notion of interest development in classroom settings along with the relationship between interest, perceived competence, learning, and perceptions of value for what is taught. Specifically, I’m interested in whether instructional approaches and strategies identified as potential ways to hold interest can foster appreciation for what is learned. The second strand of my research program has focused on academic motivational factors (e.g., self-regulatory learning) and behaviors (e.g., attending class, time spent studying, etc.) related to at-risk college students who use marijuana. For both facets of my research, I have been using ecological momentary assessment (EMA; aka, experience sampling method or ESM) to gather in the moment data regarding motivational factors.

Students interested in gaining research experience in educational psychology or motivational science should contact me via email: Michael.Phillips@unco.edu

Recent Professional Activities

  • Phillips, M. M., Phillips, K. T., Lalonde, T., & Dykema, K. (2014). Feasibility of text messaging for ecological momentary assessment of marijuana use in college students. Psychological Assessment, 26(3), 947-957.
  • Pugh, K. J., Linnenbrink-Garcia, L., Phillips, M. M., & Perez, T. (in press). Supporting the development of transformative experience and interest. Chapter prepared for K. A. Renninger, M. Nieswandt, and S. Hidi (Eds.), Interest, the self, and K-16 mathematics and science learning. Washington, DC: AERA.
  • Phillips, M. M., Phillips, K. T., & Lalonde, T. (2013). Craving and academic outcomes among university marijuana users: A study using EMA. Poster presented at the 2013 annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Pugh, K. J., Bergstrom, C. M., & Phillips, M. M. (2013). Gender in the geosciences: Factors related to the recruitment and retention of women. Paper presented at the 2013 annual conference of the Geological Society of America, Denver, CO.
  • Lalonde, T., Phillips, K. T., & Phillips, M. M. (2013). A power comparison between hierarchical and marginal longitudinal logistic regression models: Application to marijuana usage. Paper presented for the 2013 annual conference of the American Public Health Association, Boston, MA.
  • Phillips, K. T., Phillips, M. M., Simon, N., Berglund, C. M., Thurley, S., Faulkner, M. and the Motivation and Addiction Research Group at UNC (2012). Marijuana craving and academic motivation with college students: Ecological momentary assessment. Poster presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Phillips, M. M., Pugh, K. J., Machlev, M. & Bergstrom, C. M. (2012). Exploring interest and goal orientation in a problem-based learning environment. Poster presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Pugh, K. J. & Phillips, M. M. (2011). Helping students develop an appreciation for school content. Theory into Practice, 50, 285-292.
  • Yadav, A., Phillips, M. M., Lundeberg, M. A., Koehler, M. J., Clouse, K., & Dirkin, K. H. (2011). If a picture is worth a thousand words is video worth a million? Differences in affective and cognitive processing of video and text cases. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 23(1), 15-37.
  • Koehler, M. J., Yadav, A., Phillips, M., Cavazos-Kottke, S. C. (2005). What is video good for? Examining how media and story genre interact. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 14 (3), 249-272.