CHASS Distinguished Research Lecturer Award: Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky

September 11, 2018

Sonja LyubomirskyThe College of Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences presents the 2017-2018 CHASS Distinguished Research Lecturer Award to Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky of the Psychology Department.

The majority of Professor Lyubormirsky’s research career has been devoted to studying human happiness and the fact that most people believe that happiness is meaningful, desirable, and an important, worthy goal.  Along these lines, her current research addresses three critical questions: 1) What makes people happy?; 2) Is happiness a good thing?; and 3) How and why can people learn to lead happier and more flourishing lives? To this end, she has published widely and regularly, with over 25+ journal articles in the past 5 years, as well as in the prestigious Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health, and Coping (2011).  She’s also the author of two best-selling books for general audiences The myths of happiness: What should make you happy, but doesn’t, what shouldn’t make you happy, but does(2013), and The how of happiness: A scientific approach to getting the life you want(2008), both from Penguin Press.

Professor Lyubomirsky also manages to be the quintessential ‘public academic’, regularly giving media interviews and presentations while being a sought-after graduate student advisor and mentor and immensely popular with her undergraduate students, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants she has accrued over the years. She also has an impressive array of honors and awards: Top 4 Highest Cited Researchers at UC Riverside (Clarivate Analytics Web of Science, 2017), Kenan Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2017), Dennis L. Chernin Memorial Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Yale University (2016) and Top 50 Scientists in the World, Business Insider, 2015), to name a few from the past 5 years.

We feel Professor Lyubomirsky is absolutely deserving of this prestigious award and symbolizes what is best and brightest about the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Riverside.  

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