Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis

Why is Robert speaking at WorkHuman?

Robert Emmons is the world’s leading scientific expert in gratitude. At WorkHuman, he’ll share two decades of scientific research  broken down into the most important lessons learned on positive psychology in the workplace.

About Robert:

Dr. Robert A. Emmons is professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, where he has taught since 1988. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of more than 200 original publications in peer-reviewed journals or chapters and has written or edited eight books, including “The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns” (Guilford Press), “The Psychology of Gratitude” (Oxford University Press), “Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier” (Houghton-Mifflin), “Gratitude Works! A Twenty-One Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity” (Jossey-Bass), and “The Little Book of Gratitude” (Hachette).

A leader in the positive psychology movement, Dr. Emmons is founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. His research focuses on the psychology of gratitude and joy as they relate to human flourishing, with a particular focus on gratitude in healthcare settings.  A frequent speaker at medical and psychological conferences and at public events, Dr. Emmons spoke at the inaugural WorkHuman conference in 2015.

He has received more than $10M in research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John M. Templeton Foundation, and the National Institute for Disability Research and Rehabilitation. His research has been featured in dozens of popular media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Time, NPR, PBS, Consumer Reports, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Today Show. He lives with his wife of 23 years, Yvonne, and their two sons and two dogs in Davis, California.

Why Gratitude Works in the Workplace: Lessons Learned From the Science of Gratitude
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis

Gratitude is “the ultimate performance-enhancing substance.” The grateful mind reaps massive advantages in every domain of life; you literally cannot overplay its hand. In addition to contributing to more harmonious, humane, and productive workplaces, there are countless ways in which gratitude could pay off at work. Science has been uncovering new reasons why employee recognition […]

Applying the Value of Gratitude
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