Michael Magee, Ph.D.

Michael Magee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Psychology BK



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Ph.D., Cognition, Brain, & Behavior, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
M.Phil., Psychology, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
M.A., Experimental Psychology, Brooklyn College of CUNY,
B.A., Acting, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, U.K.


Dr. Michael W. Magee is an experimental social psychologist whose research centers on self-compassion, and how self-compassion alleviates shame. He received an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Brooklyn College, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Scholarly & Professional Interests

Dr. Magee’s research program focuses on self-compassion, which is “being open to and moved by one’s own suffering, experiencing feelings of caring and kindness toward oneself, taking an understanding, nonjudgmental attitude toward one’s inadequacies and failures, and recognizing that one’s own experience is part of the common human experience” (Neff, 2003, p. 224). It is being kind to yourself! In particular, Dr. Magee is interested in how, why, and under what circumstances practicing self-compassion can improve wellbeing. Most recently, Dr. Magee has been studying how self-compassion can reduce feelings of shame, especially in those with fragile narcissistic tendencies.

Dr. Magee enjoys collaborating with colleagues across disciplines, and especially enjoys collaborating on research together with his students.

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