Dr. Cătălina Kopetz
Catalina Elena Kopetz
Wayne State University, 5057 Woodward Ave., Detroit, USA
Psychology, Motivation, Social cognition
B.A., Babes-Bolyai University, Psychology, 1998
M.A. in Experimental Psychology, Universite de Savoie, Chambery, France, 2000
M.A. in Social Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2002
Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007
Dr. Kopetz’s research focuses on self-regulation phenomena from the perspective of motivation as cognition. She is particularly interested in identifying and understanding the mechanisms that underlie goal pursuit and the management of multiple goals and goal conflict. Her research investigates these basic mechanisms that govern human action in general, and in particular it attempts to understand their functioning in health-relevant judgment and behavior including smoking.
Kopetz, C., Woerner, J. I., MacPherson, L., & Lejuez, C. W., Nelson, C. A., Zeanah, C. H., & Fox, N. (2019). Early psychosocial deprivation and adolescent risk-taking: The role of motivation and executive control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148(2), 388-399; doi: 10.1037/xge0000486.
Kopetz, C., Woerner, J. I., Starnes, W., & Dedvukaj, J. (2019). It’s risky, therefore I do it: Counterfinality as a source of perceived instrumentality of risk behavior as means to goals. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 81, 39-52; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2018.08.001.
Kopetz, C. & Orehek, A., E. (2015). When the end justifies the means; Self-defeating behavior as “rational” and “successful” self-regulation. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24(5), 386-391.
Kopetz, C., Lejuez, C. W, Wiers, R., & Kruglanski, A. W. (2013). Motivation and self-regulation in addiction. Perspectives in Psychological Sciences, 8(1), 3-24.
Kopetz, C., Faber, T., Fishbach, A., & Kruglanski, A. (2011). Multifinality Constraints Effect: How Goal Multiplicity Narrows the Means Set to a Focal End. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100(5), 810-826.
- Introduction to Social Psychology (undergraduate and graduate)
- Advanced Seminar in Social Cognition (Graduate)
- Advanced Seminar in Motivation and Self-regulation (Graduate)
- Research Methods (Honors)