Dr. Sara Algoe joins IPPA’s Positive Psychology Leader Series on Thursday, April 23, to discuss the science behind social connections and offer practical tips for how we can feel more connected even as we remain physically distanced.

This webinar is free and open to the public.

“Optimizing Social Connection with Dr. Sara Algoe”
Thursday, April 23, 2020
7:30 pm ET – 8:30 pm ET


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Abstract: Good social relationships are important for happiness and health. Social psychologist, Dr. Sara Algoe, studies the positive social behaviors and emotions that characterize our best relationships. In this webinar, focusing on data collected from friends, strangers, and romantic couples, Dr. Algoe will share her research findings on the social functions of specific positive emotions, like gratitude or joy, and on specific everyday social behaviors that boost those relationships. She will also discuss research-supported ways to foster a sense of social connection, even in the midst of our current physical distancing.  

Bio: Sara Algoe received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Virginia. She subsequently completed a Postdoctoral Training Fellowship in Health Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Postdoctoral training in psychophysiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; each was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here, she is the Director of the Emotions and Social Interactions in Relationships (EASIR, pronounced “easier”) Laboratory. Recently, she developed and now directs The Love Consortium.


The Positive Psychology Leader Series features live webinars and audience Q&A with leading practitioners and researchers in the field. IPPA members receive exclusive invitations to these regular webinars and enjoy unlimited access to an archive of more than 60 recordings.