Mental health is not just the absence of mental illness but the presence of meaning, engagement, and other factors that are characterize a good life. The goal of this VIP team is to conduct psychological and sociological research on how to enhance positive mental health and, to some degree, reduce stress and unhappiness. We emphasize longitudinal studies in which a set of participants are followed across a long period of time. We also emphasize applied rather than basic work, but all of our work is informed by scientific theory.
Issues Involved or Addressed
Can a simple intervention cause a sustained rather than merely temporarly increase in wellbeing? When students feel that life lacks meaning, do they strive to find meaning? If so, how? Can the overall wellbeing of a university's student body be tracked using machine learning? How does class-related teamwork affect the degree to which students feel lonely or connected? How well do students understand the mental health services that a university offers? Why do students fail, on some occasions, to recognize symptoms of distress or mental illness?
Methods and Technologies
Academic Majors of Interest
Preferred Interests and Preparation
Open to all students interested in social science research.