Sewanee University, USA
Assistant Professor Katherine Nelson-Coffey, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of psychology at Sewanee: The University of the South. She received her Ph.D. in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on understanding how giving and receiving care from others is related to happiness and meaning in life. To this end, she takes a multi-method approach to investigating how caregiving in formal (e.g., parenting) and informal (e.g., prosocial behavior) contexts is associated with well-being. Her research on these topics has been published in leading academic journals, such as Psychological Science, Psychological Bulletin, Emotion, and Psychoneurendocrinology, and has been featured by media outlets including NPR, The Huffington Post, Time, The Atlantic, and USA TODAY. She is also the author of the blog “Living Life Well” on PsychologyToday.com. When she’s not teaching or researching happiness, she tries her hardest to follow her own advice and live life to the fullest.