Katherine Nelson-Coffey is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University. She earned her bachelor's of science in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington in 2008 and her Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of California, Riverside, where she studied personality and social psychology with Sonja Lyubomirsky.
Close relationships are vital to human flourishing. My research explores how and why close relationships are related to happiness and well-being. Along with my students and collaborators, I investigate how specific relationship promoting behaviors, such as gratitude and kindness, lead to increases in happiness. In addition, we explore how and why becoming a parent is related to to changes--both positive and negative--in well-being. We investigate these topics with a variety of methods, including randomized controlled interventions, longitudinal studies, daily experience studies, and cross-sectional surveys of nationally representative samples.