about me



My name is Thuy-vy, pronounced [twee-vee]. I am currently a doctorate student at the University of Rochester, New York, studying motivation under Self-Determination Theory perspective with Drs. Edward Deci and Richard Ryan. For the most part of my research career thus far, I have been studying people’s motivation behind their excellence strivings and their solitary behaviors. I am deeply fascinated by any raw, basic human experiences such as intrinsic motivation, awe, and solitude. In particular, through my research, I hope to find a way to inspire people to own the choice we make to be best of who we are, to let go of our perfectionism that might get the best of us, to stay alone with ourselves, to be present with others, and last but not least, be authentic in our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and communication.

In my free time, I enjoy cooking, dancing, singing, taking photographs of nature, capturing candid photos of people, and doing photoshoots for my friends. I like to think that I am pretty crafty and handy; I feel good whenever I successfully unscrew a stubborn screw or take apart a piece of machinery. When I do not do research, I like to make random things; I once made a merry-go-round lantern that almost set my kitchen on fire but I quickly threw it into the sink so everything was fine. I live with four companions, George (a terrier mix “psycho” dog) and Steve (a collie mix “Steve from accounting” dog), Betty (domestic short-haired “queen” cat), and Grey Ghost (a domestic short-haired “closet” cat).


Thuy-vy T. Nguyen