Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina
Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D. has been advancing the science of positive emotions for more than 25 years. She is the Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, where she holds appointments in Psychology and Business and directs the PEP Lab; its goal is to understand how positive emotions might accumulate and compound to transform people’s lives for the better. She has authored 100+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and her books, Positivity and Love 2.0 have been translated into more than 20 languages. Dr. Fredrickson’s award-winning research, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, reveals how micro-moments of love and other forms of positivity nourish health, wisdom, and longevity.
As one of the most highly-cited contributors to psychological science, Dr. Fredrickson is best known for her broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. It describes how positive emotions evolved through natural selection to serve as life-giving nutrients for growth. Among her latest work includes researching the impact of loving kindness meditation on the emotions and well being. She is the Immediate Past-President of the International Positive Psychology Association and her work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, CNN, PBS, The Atlantic, The Economist, and elsewhere. She has also briefed His Holiness the Dalai Lama about her research on several occasions.