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

  • Top Cited Researcher at UC Riverside, Clarivate Analytics Web of Science
  • Dennis L. Chernin Memorial Lecturer, Yale University, 2016
  • Maret Distinguished Alumni Award, The Maret School, Washington DC, 2015
  • 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 (2015-on)

  • MAR 18, 2015: Invited Speaker, Departments of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, and Philosophy, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • MAR 19, 2015: Invited Speaker, Psychology Speaker Series, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
  • MAR 20, 2015: Keynote Speaker, Hispanicize Week 2015, Miami, FL
  • APR 3, 2015: Keynote Speaker, Student Arts & Research Symposium, University of Illinois, Springfield, IL
  • APR 10, 2015: Invited Speaker, Campus Talk, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
  • APR 12, 2015: Keynote Speaker, Her Village International Forum, Beijing, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
  • APR 18, 2015: Keynote Speaker, Think.Work.Live Positive Conference & Workshop 2, Kuwait City, KUWAIT
  • APR 19, 2015: Workshop Leader, Think.Work.Live Positive Conference & Workshop 2, Kuwait City, KUWAIT
  • APR 24, 2015: Invited Speaker, The Second National Summit on Building Healthy Academic Communities, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • MAY 1, 2015: Keynote Speaker, Advance LA Conference, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA
  • MAY 31, 2015: Keynote Speaker, 17th International Conference on Energy Psychology, Reston, VA
  • JUN 2, 2015: Invited Speaker, Enandes Congreso Internacional, Santiago, CHILE
  • AUG 31, 2015: Keynote Speaker, UC All CAPS Staff Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  • SEP 3, 2015: Invited Speaker, St. Genevieve High School, Panorama City, CA
  • SEP 9 2015: Invited Speaker, Colloquium Series, Institute of Personality and Social Research, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • SEP 22, 2015: Invited Speaker, Annual Department Conference, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, CA
  • OCT 1, 2015: Keynote Speaker, Executive Forum, BI WORLDWIDE, Minneapolis, MN
  • OCT 22, 2015: Invited Speaker, Campus Talk, University of California, Riverside, CA
  • NOV 17, 2015: Invited Speaker, TCI Wealth Advisors Life Strategy Conference, Santa Monica, CA
  • NOV 28, 2015: Keynote Speaker, The World’s Better With You Foundation Conference, Budapest, HUNGARY
  • DEC 8, 2015: Grand Rounds Speaker, Department of Psychiatry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • FEB 2, 2016: Invited Speaker, Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, CA
  • FEB 3, 2016: Invited Speaker, The Harker School, San Jose, CA
  • FEB 25, 2016: Invited Speaker, Work Happier Forum, Las Vegas, NV
  • MAR 2 2016: Invited Speaker in Honor of Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Department of Psychology Colloquium Series, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • MAR 3, 2016: Invited Speaker, The Maret School, Washington D. C.
  • MAR 10, 2016: Invited Speaker, BI WORLDWIDE Forum, Austin, TX
  • MAR 19, 2016: Invited Presenter, A Symposium Honoring the Career of Barry Schwartz, Department of Psychology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
  • APR 3, 2016: Keynote Speaker, Happiness & Its Causes Conference, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
  • APR 4, 2016: Workshop Leader, Happiness & Its Causes Conference, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
  • APR 8, 2016: Keynote Speaker, 7th Annual Psychfest, Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • APR 25, 2016: Invited Speaker, Women Leaders Summit, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills , CA
  • APR 29, 2016: Invited Speaker, Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA
  • JUN 12, 2016: Keynote Speaker, Health World Limited Conference, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
  • JUL 9, 2016: Keynote Speaker, Reality Therapy International Conference, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
  • AUG 4, 2016: Keynote Speaker, 1er Congreso Internacional de Felicidad en el Trabajo y en la Vida, Bogotá, COLOMBIA
  • SEP 16, 2016: Keynote Speaker, Harvard Coaching Conference, Institute of Coaching and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • SEP 23, 2016: Invited Speaker, Business Leaders Forum, Indian Institute of Technology, Kolkata, INDIA
  • SEP 24, 2016: Invited Speaker, Rekhi Centre for the Science of Happiness, Kharagpur, INDIA
  • SEP 25, 2016: Invited Speaker, The Science of Happiness Workshop, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, INDIA
  • OCT 18, 2016: Invited Speaker, B/O/S University Event, San Francisco, CA
  • NOV 2, 2016: Invited Speaker, Milken Community Schools, Los Angeles, CA
  • NOV 10, 2016: Invited Speaker, Life Strategy Conference, Scottsdale, AZ
  • NOV 18, 2016: Keynote Speaker, Marion County Health Department, Indianapolis, IN
  • JAN 11, 2017: Invited Speaker, Board of Directors, Harvard Club of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • JAN 19, 2017: Invited Speaker, Intervention Science Preconference, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX
  • MAR 14, 2017: Invited Speaker, 19th Annual Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
  • MAR 18, 2017: Keynote Speaker, World Happiness Summit, Miami, FL
  • MAR 23, 2017: Invited Speaker, Social Psychology Colloquium Series, Department of Psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • APR 6, 2017: Plenary Speaker, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Perspectives on Self-Government, Public Affairs Conference, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • APR 10, 2017: Invited Speaker, Distinguished Academic Lecturer Series, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA
  • APR 29, 2017: Invited Speaker, Annual Fundraiser, Southern California Counseling Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • MAY 11, 2017: Workshop Leader, FAMILY: A Jockey Club Initiative for a Harmonious Society, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG
  • MAY 12, 2017: Keynote Speaker, FAMILY Symposium 2017–Positive Family Well-Being, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG
  • JUN 6, 2017: Invited Speaker, Science of Happiness Workshop, Marketing Department, YouTube, Palm Springs, CA
  • JUL 13, 2017: Plenary Speaker, 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology, Montreal, QC
  • AUG 14, 2017: Invited Speaker, Undergraduate Admissions Fall Training, University of California, Riverside, CA
  • OCT 2, 2017: Kenan Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Public Campus Lecture, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • OCT 20, 2017: Invited Speaker, ADHD in Adults Meeting, Sao Paolo, BRAZIL
  • OCT 21, 2017: Invited Speaker, ADHD in Adults Meeting, Disease Awareness Event, Sao Paolo, BRAZIL
  • OCT 25, 2017: Invited Speaker, Psychology Colloquium Series, Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • JAN 19, 2018: Invited Speaker, Port Life Speaker Series, Port of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • FEB 10, 2018: Keynote Speaker, 2nd Global Dialogue for Happiness, Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
  • MAR 27, 2018: Invited Speaker, Campus Talk, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • APR 27, 2018: Invited Speaker, Society for Affective Science, Fifth Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  • MAY 26, 2018: Invited Speaker, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA
  • JUN 20, 2018: Invited Speaker, HopeLab, San Francisco, CA
  • JUN 23-24, 2018: Invited Speaker, Annual Meeting of the John Templeton Foundation, the Templeton Religion Trust, and the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Banff, Alberta, CANADA
  • AUG 2, 2018: Keynote Speaker, The 2018 Lowcountry Mental Health Conference, Charleston, SC
  • AUG 7, 2018: Invited Speaker, William K. Warren, Jr. Frontiers in Neuroscience Conference, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • SEP 6-7, 2018: Invited Speaker, Centro Fox Convention, Guanajuato, MEXICO
  • OCT 19, 2018: Inspirational Lecture, The Wellness Course, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • NOV 15, 2018: Invited Speaker, Happiness@Work Conference, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
  • MAR 14, 2018: Invited Speaker, 9th Annual Wellness Summit, Stanford Health Promotion Network, Stanford, CA

Selected Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Applications of Social Psychology
  • The Science of Well-Being
  • 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