About Sonja Lyubomirsky

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Office Address
Department of Psychology
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521
Phone: (951) 827-5041 (msg only)
e-mail: firstname.lastname@ucr.edu
Home Address
Santa Monica, CA

Academic History 

  • A.B., Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Harvard University, 1989
  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, Stanford University, 1994
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, 1994-2001
  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, 2001-2005
  • Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, 2005-present

Selected Fellowships and Awards

  • Faculty of the Year Award, Department of Psychology, UC Riverside, 2012-2013
  • Fellow, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • IPPA Fellow, International Positive Psychology Association
  • Best Paper Award, Journal of Happiness Studies, 2006
  • Member, Society of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Honorable Mention, Social Psychology Network Action Teaching Award, 2011
  • Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, American Psychological Association, 2002
  • Faculty of the Year Award, Department of Psychology, UC Riverside, 1999-2000
  • Faculty Mentor of the Year, University Honors Program, 1999-2000
  • National Institutes of Mental Health, RO1 Award, 2004-2009
  • National Institutes of Mental Health, B/START Award, 1999-2000
  • Cancer Research Coordinating Committee Grant, 1998-1999
  • National Institutes of Mental Health, Individual National Research Service Award, 1993-1994
  • Centennial Teaching Assistant Award, Stanford University, 1994
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1989-1992
  • Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Work, Harvard University, 1989
  • Faculty Prize for Outstanding Honors Thesis, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 1989

Blog

Past & Future Talks

  • FEB 5 2008: Barnes & Noble, 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
  • FEB 13 2008: The Help Group, Regency Club, Los Angeles, CA
  • FEB 26 2008: Google, Santa Monica, CA
  • FEB 26 2008: Masters of Positive Psychology Quarterly Speaker (teleseminar)
  • MAR 4 2008: Stauffer Colloquium Series, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
  • MAR 13 2008: Mirman School, Los Angeles, CA
  • APR 5 2008: Annual Luncheon Speaker, California Psychological Association, Anaheim, CA
  • APR 10 2008: Symposium Speaker, Western Psychological Association, Irvine, CA
  • APR 16 2008: Global Leadership Academy Conference, SINGAPORE
  • APR 26 2008: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (Panel, “Smile: Is Happiness Overrated?”), Los Angeles, CA
  • MAY 3 2008: Keynote Address, 12th Annual Psychology Research Conference for Southern California Community Colleges, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA
  • MAY 5 2008: The Affiliates of UC Riverside Lunch Meeting, Riverside, CA
  • JUN 10 2008: Mood Workshop, Consumer Perception & Behaviour, Rotterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
  • JUN 20 2008: Coaching Toward Happiness Teleseminar
  • JUL 9 2008: National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine Teleseminar
  • JUL 13 2008: Management Retreat, Compak Asset Management, Irvine, CA
  • JUL 15 2008: Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA
  • AUG 15 2008: Invited Address, American Psychological Association, Boston, MA
  • AUG 25 2008: Learn From My Life Teleconference
  • SEP 24 2008: SNAP! Conference, The Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO
  • OCT 4 2008: Beyond Belief Conference, Candles in the Dark, The Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA
  • OCT 7 2008: Keynote Address, VII Brazilian Congress of Quality of Life, São Paulo, BRAZIL
  • OCT 15 2008: The Entrepreneurial MD Teleconference
  • OCT 24 2008: Symposium Speaker, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Sacramento, CA
  • NOV 7 2008: Talk & Workshop, MediaCat Forum, Istanbul, TURKEY
  • NOV 14 2008: SMC Associates, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
  • NOV 20 2008: Coaching Division Teleconference, ARC
  • DEC 5 2008: Executive Coaching for Women Teleconference
  • DEC 10 2008: Positive Psychology Leaders Series, IPPA Membership Teleseminar
  • DEC 13 2008: Keynote Address, National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine Conference, Hilton Head Island, SC
  • JAN 31 2009: Keynote Address, MentorCoach Annual Conference, Sedona, AZ
  • MAR 9 2009: Invited Address, Mind and Supermind: Expanding the Limits of Consciousness, Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA
  • APR 4 2009: CHASS Discover Days, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, University of California, Riverside.
  • APR 6 2009: Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • APR 13 2009: Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • APR 16 2009: Social Colloquium, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • APR 22 2009: Seminar in Marketing, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • MAY 14 2009: Keynote Presentation, 4th International Conference on Happiness & Its Causes, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
  • MAY 16 2009: Half-Day Workshop, 4th International Conference on Happiness & Its Causes, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
  • MAY 21 2009: National Institute on Aging (NIA) Workshop, Institute of Personality and Social Research, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • JUN 1 2009: Master Lecture, Newcastle and Gateshead Children’s Services, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UNITED KINGDOM
  • JUN 20 2009: Workshop Speaker, International Positive Psychology Association, Philadelphia, PA
  • SEP 10 2009: “Science of a Meaningful Life” Seminar Series, Greater Good, Los Angeles, CA
  • SEP 18 2009: Speaker, Plenary Conference, II International Congress of Emotional Intelligence, Santander, SPAIN
  • OCT 19 2009: Guest speaker, U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s Annual Leaders’ Training Conference, Tampa, FL
  • NOV 10 2009: David Astle Memorial Lecture, Severn School, Severna Park, MD
  • NOV 16 2009: Speaker, Social Networks Conference, Orange Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • JAN 28 2010: Preconference Speaker, JDM Preconference, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV
  • FEB 2 2010: Keynote Speaker, Nielsen Training Conference, San Diego, CA
  • FEB 17 2010: Speaker, Quality of Life Forum, Santa Monica Public Library, Santa Monica, CA
  • FEB 20 2010: Symposium Speaker, American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
  • Mar 7 2010: Invited Address & Workshop, 7th Annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series, Jewish Family Service, Cincinnati, OH
  • APR 1 2010: Keynote Presentation, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • APR 16 2010: Invited Address, Elliot Sokoloff Conference Day, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, BC, CANADA
  • APR 30 2010: Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker, Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • JUN 12 2010: Invited Address, 45th International Congress of AEDIPE, Management and Development Spanish Association, La Coruña, SPAIN
  • OCT 19 2010: Invited Speaker, Happiness Institute, Madrid, SPAIN
  • OCT 28 2010: Invited Speaker, Annual International Conference of the International Coach Federation, Fort Worth, TX
  • OCT 30 2010: Keynote Address, 5th Annual National Synergy Conference in Psychology, Denver, CO
  • NOV 16 2010: Invited Talk, Life Span Development and Personality Master’s Program, University of Zurich, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
  • OCT 24 2011: Invited Speaker, Meeting of the Dean’s Advisory Council, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA
  • OCT 28 2011: Invited Speaker, Actively Happier Conference, Des Moines, IA
  • JAN 18 2012: Invited Speaker, UC Board of Regents Dinner, Riverside, Riverside, CA
  • FEB 8 2012: Invited Speaker, Bringing Hope, Parent Education Night, Mountain View, CA
  • APR 13, 2012: Keynote Workshop,18th Annual Utah State Annual Counseling and Psychological Services Conference, Logan, UT
  • APR 28 2012: Inaugural Keynote, Compak Asset Management, Newport Beach, CA
  • MAY 31, 2012: Grand Rounds Series, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA
  • JUN 6, 2012: Phi Beta Kappa Speaker, The Phi Beta Kappa Society, Iota Chapter at the University of California, Riverside
  • NOV 6, 2012: Keynote Talk at the 2012 Big Huddle, Event Network, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • DEC 7, 2012: Friday Area Social Colloquium, Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
  • JAN 18, 2013: Symposium Speaker, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA
  • JAN 21, 2013: Talk and Book Signing, 7pm-8pm, Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
  • JAN 29, 2013: Talk and Book Signing, 11am-12pm, Town Center Books, Pleasanton, CA
  • JAN 29, 2013: Talk and Book Signing, 7:30pm-8:30pm, The Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA
  • JAN 30, 2013: Talk and Book Signing, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR
  • JAN 31, 2013: Talk and Book Signing, 7pm-8pm, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
  • MAR 20, 2013: Talk/Interview and Book Signing, 7:30pm-9pm, Literary Affairs, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA
  • APR 18, 2013: Invited Speaker, Young Presidents Organization, Santa Monica Bay Chapter, Santa Monica, CA
  • JUL 10, 2013: Invited Speaker, Senior Delegates Roundtable, Fixed Income Forum, San Diego, CA
  • SEP 11, 2013: Plenary Address, Faith, Reason, and World Affairs Symposium, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
  • OCT 17, 2013: Keynote Speaker, 2013 Seoul International Education Forum, Seoul, REPUBLIC OF KOREA
  • OCT 18, 2013: Invited Panelist, The Roundtable, Maples Pavilion, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • NOV 21, 2013: Keynote Speaker, Hong Kong Police Psychological Services Group, HONG KONG
  • NOV 22, 2013: Invited Speaker, Hong Kong Police management, HONG KONG
  • NOV 22, 2013: Invited Speaker, Hong Kong Police Force, HONG KONG
  • FEB 18, 2014: Invited Speaker, Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA
  • FEB 26, 2014: Roehr Memorial Lecturer, Stein Institute for Research on Aging, University of California, San Diego
  • APR 5, 2014: Keynote Speaker, District VIII of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, San Diego, CA
  • APR 11, 2014: Keynote Speaker, Leading to Well-Being: Thriving Together, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • APR 29, 2014: Invited Speaker, Speak To Me, Mill Valley, CA
  • MAY 23, 2014: Keynote Speaker, Happiness in Germany Congress, German Happiness Institute, Coca-Cola, Berlin, GERMANY
  • JUL 17, 2014: Keynote Speaker, Second Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology, Ottawa, CANADA
  • AUG 13, 2014: Keynote Speaker, Corporate Wellbeing Conference, Seminarium International, Santiago, CHILE
  • SEP 23, 2014: Invited Speaker, W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series, Seaver College, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
  • OCT 18, 2014: Featured Speaker, 26th Annual Convention, Los Angeles County Psychological Association, Culver City, CA
  • NOV 13, 2014: Invited Speaker, Annual Meeting of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, San Diego, CA
  • MAY 23, 2015: Invited Speaker, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY

Selected Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Applications of Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Happiness and VIrtue
  • Experimental Design and Analysis of Variance
  • Seminar in Social Psychology: The Psychology of Mental Control
  • Seminar in Social Psychology: Emotion and Culture
  • Seminar in Social Psychology: Affect and Cognition
  • Seminar in Social Psychology: Positive Psychology
  • Professional Development and Research Ethics
  • Psychology Undergraduate Honors Seminar