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Nicole Legate

Nicole Legate

Assistant Professor of Psychology







Tech Central 204


Ph.D., University of Rochester, Clinical Psychology (2014)
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Psychology (2007)

Research Interests 

Stigma and prejudice
Social exclusion
Disclosure and concealment
Disparities in mental and physical health
Self-Determination Theory


Nicole Legate is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology. She teaches undergraduate courses in introduction to psychology and a special topics seminar in prejudice and stigma. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2014, and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University Counseling Center at the University of Rochester. Her research interests are focused on how the social environment (friends, family, peers, etc.) can support those with a stigmatized identity to buffer against minority stress and its impact on health, but also how the social environment can thwart these individuals and contribute to the mental and physical health disparities gap. Much of this work has focused on the coming out process, finding that lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are more ‘out’ with those who support their autonomy, and that they experience better mental and physical health with these people when they come out. Another major focus is on how environments can pressure people to exclude or hurt others, and the costs associated with doing that.

Selected Publications 

Legate, N., Ryan, R. M. & Rogge, R. D. (2017). Daily autonomy support and sexual identity disclosure predicts daily mental and physical health outcomes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 860–873.

Weinstein, N., Legate, N., Ryan, W. S., Sedikides, C., & Cozzolino, P. J. (2017). Autonomy support for conflictual and stigmatized identities: Effects on ownership and well-being. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Advance online publication.

Ryan, W. S., Legate, N., & Weinstein, N., Rahman, Q. (2017). Autonomy support fosters lesbian, gay and bisexual identity disclosure and wellness, especially for those with internalized homophobia. Journal of Social Issues, 73, 289-306.

Weinstein, N., Khabbaz, F., & Legate, N. (2016). Enhancing need satisfaction to reduce psychological distress in Syrian refugees. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Schweinsberg, M., Madan, N., Vianello, M., Sommer, S. A....Legate, N…. Darroux, S-C., & Uhlmann, E. L. (2016). The pipeline project: Pre-publication independent replications of a single laboratory’s research pipeline. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Weinstein, N., Legate, N., Kumashiro, M. & Ryan, R. M. (2015). Autonomy support and diastolic blood pressure: Long term effects and conflict navigation in romantic relationships. Motivation and Emotion, 1-14.

Legate, N., DeHaan, C. R., & Ryan, R. M. (2015). Righting the wrong: Reparative coping after going along with ostracism. Journal of Social Psychology, 155,471-482.

Ryan, W., Legate, N., & Weinstein, N. (2015). Coming out as lesbian, gay, or bisexual: The lasting impact of initial disclosure experiences. Self & Identity, 14,549-569.

Schultz, P., Ryan, R. M., Niemiec, C. R., Legate, N., & Williams, G. C. (2014). Mindfulness, work climate, and psychological need satisfaction in employee well-being. Mindfulness, 6, 971-985.

Legate, N. & Ryan, W. S. (2014). Autonomy support as acceptance for disclosing and developing a healthy lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered identity. In N. Weinstein (Ed.), Integrating Human Motivation and Interpersonal Relationships: Theory, Research and Applications. New York: Springer.

Legate, N., DeHaan, C. R., Weinstein, N., & Ryan, R. M. (2013). Hurting you hurts me too: The psychological costs of complying with ostracism. Psychological Science, 24, 583-588.

Weinstein, N., Legate, & Przybylski, A. K. (2013). Beauty is in the eye of the need fulfilled: How need satisfying experiences shape aesthetic perceptions of spaces. Motivation and Emotion, 37, 245-260.

Legate, N., Ryan, R. M., & Weinstein, N. (2012). Is coming out always a “good thing”? Exploring the relations of autonomy support, outness and wellness for lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 145-152.

Weinstein, N., Ryan, W. S., DeHaan, C. R., Przybylski, A. K., Legate, N., Ryan, R. M. (2012). Parental autonomy support and discrepancies between implicit and explicit sexual identities: Dynamics of self-acceptance and defense. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 815-832.