Gratitude Works: Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude

November 28, 2012


Bio: Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, where he has taught since 1988. He received his PhD degree in personality and social ecology from the University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign, and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern Maine.  He is the author of nearly 150 original publications in peer‑reviewed journals or chapters and has written or edited five books, including The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns (Guilford Press),The Psychology of Gratitude (Oxford University Press), and Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Houghton-Mifflin).

A leader in the positive psychology movement, Dr. Emmons is founding editor and editor in chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. He is past president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 36, Psychology of Religion. His research focuses on personal goals and purpose, spirituality, the psychology of gratitude and thankfulness, and subjective well‑being. Dr. Emmons has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John Templeton Foundation, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. His research has been featured in dozens of popular media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Time, NPR, PBS, Christianity Today, Consumer Reports, and Reader’s Digest. He lives with his wife, Yvonne, and their two sons, Adam and Garrett, in Davis, California.