Robert A. Emmons

Researcher, author and speaker on all things related to gratitude & joy

In addition to his academic appointment at UC Davis, Robert Emmons is director of the Emmons Lab, a long-term research project designed to create and disseminate a large body of novel scientific data on the nature of gratitude, its causes, and its potential consequences for human health and well-being. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, International Society for Quality of Life Studies (Fellow), International Network for the Study of Personal Meaning, International Positive Psychology Association and APA, Division 36 where he served as President from 2003 to 2004. Emmons is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. He has also served as consulting editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Personality. In addition, he has been an editorial consultant for the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion and a guest editor for the Journal of Personality special issue Levels and Domains in Personality (with D.P. McAdams).