Lisa C. Walsh, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Marriage and Close Relationships Lab
University of California, Los Angeles
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How can everyone live their own version of the good life? Philosophers, writers, and laypeople have attempted to answer this question for centuries. One emerging answer increasing backed by psychological science suggests that feelings of connectedness, which are prompted by positive social behaviors and satisfying close relationships, are the key to a happy and fulfilling life.
Accordingly, I research the who, what, where, when, why and how of happiness. I investigate the architecture of subjective well-being, including its outcomes (e.g., positive emotions, life satisfaction), mechanisms (e.g., social connection), moderators (e.g., gender, culture), and downstream consequences (e.g., career success, physical health). In broadest terms, my work aims to (1) understand the effects of positive social behaviors (e.g., expressing gratitude, doing acts of kindness) on well-being, and (2) investigate links between interpersonal relationships (with romantic partners, friends, family) and well-being. Considering the rise of digital communication, I also examine the effects of technology (e.g., smartphones, social media, AI) on social interactions, close relationships, and well-being.
I completed my Ph.D. in the Positive Activities and Well-Being Lab at UC Riverside with Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky. I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Dr. Victor Kaufman in the UCLA Marriage and Close Relationships Lab, which is directed by Dr. Benjamin Karney and Dr. Thomas Bradbury.
Some of my most recent work explores:
I currently live in Mar Vista, California with my husband Tim Yeo.