People in the PEP Lab and their research questions

Director

Barbara L. Fredrickson

Barbara Fredrickson  


  • How do increases in daily positive emotions contribute to physical health?
  • Are co-experienced positive emotions more beneficial for health and well-being than solo-experienced positive emotions?

Curriculum Vitae

Research Faculty

Aaron Boulton

Aaron Boulton  


  • Which quantitative methods are optimal for understanding short- and long-term changes (and variability) in positive emotions?
  • How, and under what circumstances, can continuous-time models be applied to understand social and behavioral dynamics?
Patty Van Cappellen

Patty Van Cappellen  


  • Which (and how) positive emotions open us to spirituality and to see a larger meaning to life?
  • When (and how) does religion bring out the best or the worst in people?

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Lahnna Catalino

Lahnna Catalino  


  • What characterizes the daily lives of people who thrive?
  • Can people deliberately pursue happiness effectively?

Graduate Students

Carrie Adair

Carrie Adair  


  • How does mindfulness (i.e., non-judgmental present moment attention and awareness) influence experiences of positive and negative affect at both explicit and implicit levels of awareness?
  • How do mindfulness and positive emotions influence feelings of social connection?

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Elise Rice

Elise Rice  


  • What are the functions of positive spontaneous thoughts in everyday life, especially in the contexts of motivation and self-regulation?
  • How do positive spontaneous thoughts contribute to well-being and mental health?
Zan Isgett

Zan Isgett  


  • Can different genotypes (related to oxytocin) lead to fundamental differences in individuals' capacity for social connection?
  • How do positive interventions influence emotions and perceived social connection, especially depending on genotype?
Brett Major

Brett Major  


  • How and to what extent do positive emotions help facilitate cognitive emotion regulation?
  • Does physical co-presence play an important role in the relationship between social closeness and improved mental and physical health?
David Findley

David Findley  


  • If and how do brief LovingKindness practices shift affect as well as cognitive and behavioral outcomes?
  • How do positive experiences and emotions interact with nutrition and exercise to improve mental and physical health?
Khoa Le Nguyen

Khoa Le Nguyen



  • How do positive emotions influence social cognition and prosocial behaviors?
  • What behaviors cultivate positive emotions and increase well-being in Facebook users?

Research Manager

Ann Firestine

Ann Firestine  


  • Oversees the multiple research studies, grant budgets, personnel, and the day-to-day logistics of running the PEP Lab

Research Staff

Chayla Hart

Chayla Hart  


  • Study coordinator for the Health Experiences & Early Life Disadvantage (HEELD) Study
Shelia Manning-Moss

Shelia Laws 



  • Lab Technician and Phlebotomist
Julia Schnyer

Julia Schnyer



  • Study Coordinator for the Carolina Daily Health Study