CSU, Chico News

Visiting Scholar Is National Expert on Gratitude and Positive Psychology

Date: 09-28-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The President’s Visiting Scholar at California State University, Chico for this fall is UC Davis Professor Robert A. Emmons, a nationally known expert on the importance of gratitude and one of the leaders of the burgeoning field of positive psychology.

Emmons is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology and is author of ”THANKS! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier,” published in hard cover in 2007 and paperback in 2008.

Emmons’ campus visit Oct. 27-29 will include speaking to undergraduate classes, working with graduate students and giving a public talk Wednesday, Oct 28, at 7 p.m. in Holt 170. The working title for his address is “Gratitude and Emotional Prosperity During Trying Times.” The talk is free and open to the public.

Emmons is also the author of “The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns: Motivation and Spirituality in Personality” (1999) and co-editor of “The Psychology of Gratitude” (2004).

Emmon’s research and writing on gratitude, forgiveness, spirituality and the health benefits of positive emotions have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek and many other publications. He has been in the Department of Psychology at UC Davis since 1988.

A cover story in the Aug. 7 Chronicle Review, published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, touted the rise of positive psychology, noting, “Studies of emotional well-being and its many facets, once next to impossible to find, are now routinely presented at meetings of the Association for Psychological Science and published in the discipline’s leading journals.”

For more information, contact CSU, Chico psychology Professor Jane Rysberg at 530-898-5178.