Announcements

Congratulations, Cassidy!

A huge congratulations to lab honours student, Cassidy Ouldtata-Allan, for having won the Batchelor Award for her outstanding honours work and service. Way to go, Cassidy!

Congratulations to lab Honours student, Cassidy Ouldtata-Allan, on the successful defence of her Honours Thesis today! Way to go, Cassidy!

Register at this link for Old Understandings for a New World: Rooting Mental Health in Care and Equity, an online discussion about mental health and decolonial approaches to care and equity hosted and moderated by the lab's own Tiara Cash!

The event takes place May 5th at 3pm PST. See this page for more information. 

Directed Studies student, Armaghan Aliabadi, will be presenting her project at our next lab meeting on April 15. 

Come check it out!

Honours student, Cassidy Ouldtata-Allan, will be presenting her thesis work at the Social Area Seminar on Friday, April 9 and at her defence on April 27. 

Good luck, Cassidy!

Emily Thornton receives SSHRC funding to pursue her Master's research at the University of Guelph!

Way to go, Emi!!

Since Summer 2020, Dr. Aknin has been chairing the Lancet’s COVID-19 Mental Health Task Force. Read about her experience and some of the key findings here.

Read the full article here: Lancet COVID-19 Commission Releases First Report on Pandemic Consequences on Mental Health (covidminds.org)

Dr. Aknin discusses how COVID-19 has impacted various facets of mental health in today's Vancouver Sun.

Read the full article here: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/support-for-health-officials-flags-and-signs-of-covid-19-fatigue-heat-up-in-survey"

Way to go, Cassidy!

Congratulations to honours student, Cassidy Ouldtata-Allan, on the acceptance of her talk, Can giving to charity with a peer foster positive shared emotion to help build social bonds?, at SFU's 2021 Undergraduate Student Research Symposium! Congratulations, Cassidy!

Congratulations, Angie!

Congratulations to Directed Studies student, Angie Fan, on the acceptance of her talk, Fostering joy in sport with Play Better: How coaches can support youth’s basic psychological needs by rewarding skill development with charitable donations, at SFU's 2021 Undergraduate Student Research Symposium! Way to go, Angie!

Tiara Cash Featured Profile

Please see this link for Helping and Happiness Lab grad student, Tiara Cash, in her featured profile on SFU Psychology's Instagram. 

Way to go, Angie!

Congratulations to Directed Studies student, Angie, for her poster having been accepted at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology's 2021 Happiness and Wellbeing Preconference! Way to go, Angie!

Congratulations, Tiara!

A huge congratulations to Tiara for having been awarded the Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship this year!! Read her profile in celebration of this award here

Congratulations, Dylan and Lara!

Congratulations to Dylan, Lara, and their collaborators (Drs. Mercier, Piff, and Shariff) for the publication of their new paper, Recognizing the Impacct of COVID-19 on the Poor Alters Attitudes Towards Poverty and Inequality, in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology! You can also see news coverage of this paper in PsyPost here.

A huge congratulations to Jason for the acceptance of his talk, Can giving to charity with a peer forge social bonds, at SPSP 2021!

Congratulations, Emi, Tiara, Jason, and Lara!

Congratulations to Emi, Tiara, Jason, Lara and their collaborators (Ms. Albert and Dr. Helliwell) for the acceptance of their poster, The Intergenerational Classroom (iGen): Can cross-generational interactions enrich social capital, well-being, and prosociality in youth?, at the 2021 Virtual Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

On October 26, Lara's will be presenting at Princeton's Social Area Seminar!

Feel free to join us!  

Congratulations to Lara for being invited to be a member of the 2020 Lancet COVID-19 Commission!

For more information, visit this link.  

On August 20th, join us for Lara's CPPA presentation!

On Aug. 20, Lara will be presenting a virtual talk to the Canadian Positive Psychology Association! Feel free to join us here.  

Jason selected for Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERi's) Graduate Fellowship!

A huge congratulations to Helping and Happiness Lab graduate student, Jason Proulx, for having been selected for the Community Engaged Research Initiative Graduate Fellowship!

A huge congratulations to Helping and Happiness Lab graduate student, Jason Proulx, for having successfully defended his MA thesis! Way to go, Jason!! 

Congratulations again, Emi and Dylan!

Fantastic coverage of our lab alumni – former honour student, Emily Thornton, and PhD student, Dr. Dylan Wiwad – on their 2020 convocation medals. We are so proud of you both!

Congratulations, Jason!

Congratulations to Jason Roh for being admitted into the Master’s of Occupational Therapy program at Western University! Congratulations on this major accomplishment!

Congratulations, Emi and Lara!

Congratulations to Emi and Lara for their recent publication of Emi's honours thesis in Plos One; Assessing the validity of the Self versus Other Interest Implicit Association Test!

On May 27th, join us online for Lara's presentation at the Annual General Meeting!

Join us, and 300+ SFU alumni, online for SFU's Annual General Meeting, where Lara will be presenting about the lab's research! Learn more and RSVP for the event here

Emily Thornton receives the Dean's Convocation Medal!

Congratulations to former honours student and current lab manager, Emily Thornton, on receiving one of this year's Dean's Convocation Medals. This award recognizes students with outstanding academic records and exceptional service to the university. We are so proud of your stellar contributions and so grateful to have you in the lab. Way to go, Emi!

Congratulations, Dylan!!

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Helping and Happiness Lab alumni Dr. Dylan Wiwad, who received one of SFU's Dean's Convocation Medals for his dissertation work this past year. Extremely well-deserved, Dr. Wiwad - and way to go!!

SFU Psychology Instagram Spotlight

Jason shares his well-being tips for navigating the COVID-19 crisis - gratitude, meditation, and "distant socializing." Check out the instagram post!

New Op-Ed

Former graduate student, Dylan Wiwad, along with Dr. Piff and Dr. Aknin discuss how the Coronavirus crisis may help Americans remember that economic inequality is not fair or just.

Congratulations, Jessamyn!

Huge congratulations to Helping & Happiness Lab alumni Jessamyn Hung on receiving SSHRC funding for their Masters in Counselling Psychology! We're so proud of them and can't wait to see what they do next!

Congratulations, John!

Huge congratulations to Helping & Happiness Lab alumni John Tolentino on being accepted into the Masters of Social Work (Clinical Focus) program at Wilfrid Laurier University

Congratulations, Lara!

Congratulations to Lara for having her research featured in Washington Post's article on prosocial behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read it here!

Staying Positive and Resilient

We're all staying at home and social distancing during COVID-19! Here are some tips from Lara on how to stay sane and happy!

Welcome, Tiara!

Please welcome Lara's new graduate student, Tiara Cash, to the Helping and Happiness Lab! 

New Lab Publication!

Congratulations to lab alumnus, Dylan Wiwad, and Lara Aknin for Dylan's dissertation work, Shifting attributions for poverty motivates opposition to inequality and enhances egalitarianism, being published in Nature Human Behaviour today!

Undergraduate Research Symposium: March 24th

Helping and Happiness Lab project manager, Nava Kasiri, and lab manager, Emily Thornton, will be presenting their research at SFU's Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 24th. Feel free to stop by to hear their presentations!

Congratulations, Connor! 

Congratulations to Helping and Happiness Lab project manager, Connor MacMillan, for having been accepted into an MA program for Sociology! Congratulations, Connor!

Congratulations, Angela!

Congratulations to Helping and Happiness Lab research assistant, Angela Starnaman, who took home top honours in the 3rd Annual 2019 Student Learning Commons (SLC) Writing Contest!

SPSP Practice Presentations!

Please join us for Jason and Emily's SPSP 2020 practice presentations at the Helping and Happiness Lab meeting on Wednesday, February 12th, as well as the Social Area Meeting on Friday, February 14th!

Congratulations, Emi!

Congratulations to lab manager, Emily Thornton, who will be presenting her poster "Do donations pay off? Examining the impact of real-world donations on life satisfaction in a sample of 5,000 Americans" at the Happiness and Well-Being Pre-Conference at SPSP 2020 in New Orleans! 

Congratulations, Jason!

Congratulations to masters student, Jason Proulx, who will be presenting a data blitz talk titled "Does spending money on others promote happiness? A Registered Replication Report." as well as his poster "Does collaborative giving boost generosity?" at SPSP 2020 in New Orleans!

Congratulations, Lara!

Congratulations to Lara for being awarded the title of Distinguished SFU Associate Professor of Psychology, a designation which recognizes professors who have achieved exceptional performance and distinguished accomplishments relative to their rank and years of service.

Congratulations, Lara!

Congratulations to Lara for winning the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s SAGE Young Scholars Award!!

Congratulations, Lara!

Congratulations to Lara, who was invited to be the graduand marshal at the SFU Psychology Department convocation on October 10, 2019!

Congratulations, Dr. Wiwad!

Congratulations to Dr. Dylan Wiwad, who defended his dissertation on June 24th, 2019 and passed with minor revisions! Way to go, Dylan!!

Congratulations, Emi!

Congratulations to honours student Emily Thornton for receiving the Lorne M. Kendall Memorial Award as well as the Psychology Alumni Honours Award for her honours project!

Congratulations, Lara!

Congratulations to Lara for her paper, titled Buying well-being: Spending behaviour and happiness, being one of the Social and Personality Psychology Compass’ top downloaded papers!

Way to go, Jessamyn!

Congratulations to honours student Jessamyn Hung for her acceptance into the SFU Masters of Counselling Psychology program. Congratulations, Jessamyn!!

Way to go, Emi!

Congratulations to honours student, Emily Thornton, who did a stellar job presenting her thesis research and answering questions at the SFU Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 26, 2019!

Congratulations to Lara!

Congratulations to Lara for her new role as associate editor of the World Happiness Report!

Congratulations to Dylan!

A huge congratulations to Dylan for accepting a post doctoral position at the Dispute Resolution and Research Center at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Business School next year!! Congratulations, Dylan!

Congratulations to Kate and Lara!

Congratulations to Kate and Lara for winning a Pre-registration Challenge Prize from the Centre for Open Science!

Congratulations to Emily and Jessamyn!

Congratulations to Jessamyn Hung and Emily Thornton, the lab’s two honours students, who will be presenting their work at the Happiness and Well-Being Pre-Conference at SPSP 2019 in Portland! Well done!!

Congratulations to Lara, Dylan, and Kate!

Congratulations to Lara, Dylan, and Kate on their recently published article,
Buying well-being: Spending behavior and happiness. Click on the title to check it out!

The do’s and don’ts of holiday gift shopping!

Here’s a link to The Best (and Worst) Holiday Gifts, According to Science providing research studies that illustrate the four types of gifts that you should give this year – and three that you shouldn’t!

Congratulations to Kate!

Congratulations to Kate on her acceptance of data blitz talk at SPSP! She’ll be sharing new work at the Happiness and Well-Being SPSP Preconference in Atlanta, GA this March.

Way to go, Kate!

Congratulations to Lara!

Congratulations to Lara for winning the Veenhoven Award 2017! Dr. Lara Aknin will be presenting “From wealth to well-being: Spending money on others promotes happiness” at the award ceremony on November 28th, 2017 at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Here’s a link to the announcement: Dr. Lara Aknin winner of the Veenhoven Award 2017

Congratulations to Dylan!

Congratulations to Dylan on his new paper “Self-focused Motives Undermine the Emotional Rewards of Recalled Prosocial Behavior”! Here’s a link to the pre-print: https://psyarxiv.com/96qwa/

Congratulations to Kate! 

Congratulations to Kate for winning a travel award to SPSP!

Congratulations to Dylan!

Congratulations to Dylan for his symposium on Inequality accepted at SPSP 2018!

Lara’s recently published paper:

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.08.017

Come listen!

Dr. Aknin will be giving the convocation address at this year’s Fall graduation!

Come Listen!

Dr. Lara Aknin’s Talk “Money Can Buy Happiness if You Spend it on Others” is at the United Way Conference.
September 21, 2017 in Downtown Vancouver.

Congratulations to Lara!

Congratulations to Dr. Lara Aknin for being nominated as a fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology!

Congratulations to Kate!

Congratulations to Kate Hanniball for successfully defending her Master’s thesis on June 7, 2017! Way to go, Kate!

Congratulations to Dylan!

Congratulations to Dylan Wiwad for winning the Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology (CCDP)!

Social Psychology Mini-Conference
March 30, 2017

Poster Presentations: Monique Austria, Michelle Hui, Jessamyn Hung, Linda Magyari, John Tolentino, Caileigh Wilson and Jacqueline Yip

Way to go, Angie!

Congratulations to Directed Studies student, Angie, for her poster having been accepted at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology's 2021 Happiness and Wellbeing Preconference! Way to go, Angie!