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Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Wayne State University


Department of Psychology
Wayne State University
5057 Woodward Ave. 8th Floor
Detroit, MI 48202
Office Phone: 313-577-0962
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Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park (2007)
M.A. in Social Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park (2002)
M.A. in Experimental Psychology, Universite de Savoie, Chambery, France (2000)
B.A. in Psychology, “Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (1998)


Research Assistant Professor, Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research
University of Maryland, College Park, 2011-2013

Visiting Assistant Professor in Applied Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology
“Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2009-2013

Faculty Research Associate, University of Maryland, College Park (2008 – 2011)
Graduate Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park (2001-2007)

Visiting Research Fellow, Universite de Savoie, Chambery, France (2001)
Faculty Research Assistant, “Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (1998-2001)


Fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, 2014
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director’s Award, 2010
Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Diversity Fund Travel Award, 2002
Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Student Travel Award, 2002
Graduate Student Award, University of Maryland, 2002
Teaching and Research Fellowship, French Department of Education, 2001
Graduate Fellowship, Romanian Government, 1999-2000


“Early psychosocial deprivation and risk taking among adolescents in Romania”
International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research, National Institute of Drug Abuse (1R21DA031357-01), 2012-2014
Role: Principal investigator

“Mechanisms of change”; Administrative Supplement for “Stage II trial of novel behavioral activation intervention for smoking cessation” (R01DA018730-06S1), 2012-2013
Role: Principal investigator

“Translating drinking and driving risk information into risk perception” (R01 AA020510-01A1), 2012-2017
Role: Co- investigator

“Reducing the association between crack cocaine and sex exchange through automatic counteractive self-Control”, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Dean’s Initiative, 2011-2012
Role: Principal investigator

“Risk taking propensity and distress tolerance in risk behavior among adolescents in Romania”
Children’s Hospital Boston Sub-award (05-86011-000-HCD), 2010-2011
Role: Principal investigator

“Implicit and explicit mechanisms in crack cocaine and sex trade association”
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) For Individual Postdoctoral Fellows, National Institute of Drug Abuse (1F32DA026253-01), 2009-2011
Role: Principal investigator


  • Society for Experimental Social Psychology
  • Society for the Study of Motivation
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Association for Psychological Science


Briskin, J. L., Kopetz, C., Fitzsimons, G. M., & Slatcher, R. B. (in press). For better or for worse: Outsourcing self-regulation and goal pursuit.  Social and Personality Psychological Science. New York, NY: Routledge.

Johnson, M., & Kopetz, C. (2017). The unintended effects of providing risk information about drinking and driving.  Health Psychology, 36(9), 872-880.

Kopetz, C. (2017). Risk and self-Defeating Behaviors As Goal Pursuit Rather Than Regulatory Failure. In Kopetz, C. and Fishbach, A. (Eds.).  The motivation-cognition interface; From the lab to the real world. A Festschrift in honor of Arie W. Kruglanski (pp. 106-130) New York, NY: Routledge.

Kopetz, C. & Fishbach, A. (2017).  The motivation-cognition interface; From the lab to the real world. A Festschrift in honor of Arie W. Kruglanski. New York, NY: Routledge.

Kopetz, C., MacPherson, L., Mitchell, A. D., Huston-Ludlam, A., Wiers, R. W. H. J. (2017). A novel alternative behavior approach bias modification intervention for smoking cessation: The relevance of implicit mechanisms.  Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacoloy, 25, 50-60.

Schumpe, B. M., Brizi, A., Giacomantonio, M., Panno, A., Kopetz, C., Kosta, M., & Mannetti, L. (2017). Need for cognitive closure reduces risk taking and motivates discounting of delayed rewards.  Personality and Individual Differences, 107, 66-71.

Woerner, J. I., Kopetz, C., Lechner, W., & Lejuez, C. W. (2016). History of abuse and risky sexual behavior among substance users: The role of rejection sensitivity and the need to belong. Addictive Behaviors, 62, 73-78.

Kopetz, C. (2016). Motivation and self-regulation mechanisms in addiction. In C. Kopetz & C. W. Lejuez (Eds.) Addictions: A Social Psychological Perspective (pp. 47-75). New York, NY: Routledge.

Kopetz, C. & Lejuez, C.W. (Eds.) (2016)  Addictions: A Social Psychological Perspective (Frontiers of Social Psychology).  New York, NY: Routledge.

Kopetz, C., Collado, A. C., & Lejuez, C.W. (2015)   When the end justifies the means; Automatic tendencies toward sex-trade for crack cocaine.  Motivation Science, 1 (4), 233-243.

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), 386-398.

Kruglanski, A. W. Chernikova, M., Kopetz, C. (2015). Emerging trends in motivation science: The “What“ and the “How“ of willing and striving. In Scott, R. & Kosslyn, S. (Eds.). Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Kruglanski, A. W. Chernikova, M., Rosensweig, E., Kopetz, C. (2014). On motivational readiness. Psychological Review, 121, 367-388.

Kopetz, C., Hofmann, W., & Wiers, R. W. (2014). On the selection and balancing of multiple selfish goals. Commentary. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 147-148.

Kopetz, C., Pickover, A., Magidson, J., Richards, R., Iwamoto, D., & Lejuez, C. (2014). Gender and social rejection as risk factors for engagement in risky sexual behavior among crack cocaine users. Prevention Science, 15(3), 376-384.

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.

Kruglanski, A. W., Kopetz, C., Belanger, J., Chun, W. Y., Orehek, E., & Fishbach, A. (2013). Features of Multifinality: Effects of Goal Plurality on Means Preferences. Personality and Social Psychology Review , 17(1), 22-39

Kopetz, C. , Kruglanski, A. W., Arens, Z., Etkin, J. & Macrea-Jonhson, H. (2012) A goal-systemic approach to consumer behavior. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 22, 208-223.

Kruglanski, A.W., Belanger, J., Chen, X., Kopetz, C., Pierro, A., & Mannetti, L. (2012). The Energetics of Motivated Cognition: A Force Field Analysis. Psychological Review, 119(1), 1-20.

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.

Buckner, J. D., Proctor, S., Reynolds, E. K., Kopetz, C. & Lejuez, C.W. (2011). Cocaine Dependence and Anxiety Sensitivity among Patients Presenting for Residential Drug Use Treatment. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 25(1), 22-30.

Kopetz, C., Reynolds, E. K, Hart, C. L, Kruglanski, A. W., & Lejuez, C. W. (2010). Social context and perceived effects of drugs on sexual behavior among individuals who use both heroin and cocaine. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 18(3), 214-220.

Kruglanski, A. W., & Kopetz, C. (2010). Confronting the self-control challenge: Unpacking the dilemma and its modes of resolution. In R. Hassin, K. Ochsner, & Y. Trope (Eds.) Self-control (pp 297-311). Oxford University Press.

Kruglanski, A. W., & Kopetz, C. (2009). What is so special (and non-special) about goals? A view from the cognitive perspective. In G. B. Moskowitz and H. Grant (Eds.) Goals (pp. 27-55). New York: Guilford Press.

Kruglanski, A. W., & Kopetz, C. (2009). The role of goal-systems in self-regulation. E. Morsella, J. A. Bargh, & P. M. Gollwitzer (Eds.) The psychology of action (Vol 2): The mechanisms of human action (pp.350-367). Oxford University Press.

Kopetz, C. & Kruglanski, A. W. (2008). Effects of accessibility and instantiation on the use of piecemeal and category information in impression formation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34(5), 692-705.

Kopetz, C., Kruglanski, A. W. Chen, X., & Orehek, E. (2008). Goal systemic effects in the context of choice and social judgment. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2(6), 2071-2089.

Desrichard, O. & Kopetz, C. (2005). A threat in the elder: The impact of task instructions and self-efficacy on memory performance in the elderly. European Journal of Social Psychology, 35(4), 537-552.

Kopetz, C. (2001). The psychometric characteristics of Memory Self-Efficacy Questionnaire on Romanian sample. Studia Universitatis, 29(1).

Kopetz, C., & Matei, A-M. (2000). The influence of collaboration on the improvement of children's planning performance. Erdelyi Pszichologiai Szelme (Transylvanian Journal of Psychology), 1(3), 55-66.

Kopetz, C. (2000). Inhibition and cognitive planning as factors of age related and intellectual differences in cognitive performance. Creier,CogniĊ£ie, Comportament (Brain, Cognition, Behavior), 4(3-4), 171-195.

Under review and in preparation

Kopetz, C., Woerner, J. I., MacPherson, L., Lejuez, C. W., Nelson, C. A., Zeanah, C. H., & Fox, N. (2016). Early psychosocial deprivation and adolescent risk-taking: The role of motivation and executive control. Manuscript under review at Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Woerner, J. I., Kopetz, C., & Arriaga, X. (2015). Interpersonal victimization and sexual risk-taking among women: The role of attachment style and regulatory focus. Manuscript in preparation.

Kopetz, C., Belanger, J., Lejuez, C. W. Risk-taking as motivated cognition and action. Manuscript in preparation

Matusiewicz, A., Kopetz, C., Waverling, G., Ellis, J., & Lejuez, C. W. (2015). Distress and Risk Behavior in Borderline Personality Disorder: Regulatory Failure or Goal Directed Behavior? Revise and resubmit for Personality Disorders: Research, Theory and Treatment.

Kopetz, C., Orehek, E., Sheveland, A., Kruglanski, A. W., & Dechesne (2011). Taking a cue from others: Social priming as means suggestion. Manuscript in preparation.


Self-control success and failure. Implications for understanding and changing self-defeating behavior.
Invited Symposium at the European Congress of Psychology, Milan, Italy (July, 2015)

Risk Behavior as motivated cognition and action.
Invited presentation at the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Columbus, OH. (October, 2014)

For better or for worse; Resource mobilization for motivated cognition and action
University of Pittsburgh, Social Psychology Brown Bag (January, 2015)

Risk-taking as motivated cognition and action
Université Pierre-Mendes, France, Department of Psychology (March, 2012)

Mechanisms of self-regulation: Implications for choice and risk behavior
University of Maryland, R.H. Smith School of Business, Department of Marketing (October, 2011)

Cognitive and motivational self-regulatory processes in risky behavior.
Yale University, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Abuse (January, 2011)

Self-regulation of risky behavior.
University of Maryland, Baltimore VA Medical Center (March, 2010)

Theoretical and methodological aspects of priming research in social psychology.
University of Maryland, Social and Organizational Psychology Brown Bag (Oct., 2008)

Conflict, multifinality and choice: A goal systemic analysis of eating behavior.
Annual Meeting of Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Boston, MA (Oct., 2003).

Social aspects of cognitive functioning in the elderly.
Universite de Savoie, France (March, 2001)


Consulting Editor:

Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology

Ad-Hoc Reviewer:

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Current Directions in Psychological Science
Personality and Social Psychology Review
Journal of Consumer Psychology
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Journal of European Social Psychology
Psychological Science
Motivation and Emotion
Social Psychology
Social Cognition
Journal of Behavioral Decision Making
Personality Disorders: Research, Theory, and Treatment


National Science Foundation (reviewer)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (reviewer)
French National Agency for Research (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) (reviewer)
Romanian National University Research Council (panel member)