Who We AreAbout Greater Good

Meet the editors, writers, and others who bring Greater Good to life. For a more complete listing, visit the Greater Good Science Center's staff page.
  • Jane Bahk

    Jane Bahk produces video and audio content for Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of the award-winning children’s book, Juna’s…

  • Maryam Abdullah

    Maryam Abdullah, Ph.D., is the Parenting Program Director of the Greater Good Science Center. She is a developmental psychologist with…

  • Summer Allen

    Summer Allen, Ph.D., is a Research/Writing Fellow with the Greater Good Science Center. A graduate of Carleton College and Brown University,…

  • Amy L. Eva

    Amy L. Eva, Ph.D., is the education content specialist at the Greater Good Science Center. She writes for the center’s online magazine,…

  • Mariah Flynn

    Mariah Flynn is the Education Program Coordinator for the Greater Good Science Center and provides administrative support for GGSC education…

  • Dacher Keltner

    Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of…

  • Jason Marsh

    Jason Marsh is the founding editor in chief of Greater Good and the GGSC’s director of programs. He is also a co-editor of two anthologies of…

  • Kira M. Newman

    Kira M. Newman writes, edits, and produces content for all of the Greater Good Science Center’s websites, from the magazine to Greater Good…

  • Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas

    Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center, where she oversees the GGSC’s fellowship…

  • Jeremy Adam Smith

    Jeremy Adam Smith edits the GGSC’s online magazine, Greater Good, and helps launch new products like Thnx4.org and Greater Good in Action. He…

  • Jill Suttie

    Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good’s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine.

  • Vicki Zakrzewski

    Vicki Zakrzewski (zahk-shef-skee), Ph.D., is the education director of the Greater Good Science Center.

    In her role as education director,…

  • Carolyn P. Cowan

    Carolyn Pape Cowan Ph.D., adjunct professor of psychology emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, co-directors of the…

  • Philip A. Cowan

    Philip A. Cowan, Ph.D., professor of psychology emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is co-director of the Schoolchildren and…

  • Diana Divecha

    Diana Divecha, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist, a research affiliate of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and on the advisory…

  • Paul Ekman

    Paul Ekman, Ph.D., is the world’s foremost expert on facial expressions and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of…

  • Robert Emmons

    Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of…

  • Matt Killingsworth

    Matt Killingsworth, Ph.D., is a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar. He studies the nature and causes of human happiness, and is…

  • Fred Luskin

    Fred Luskin, Ph.D., is the director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects, a senior consultant in health promotion at Stanford…

  • Sonja Lyubomirsky

    Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at UC Riverside and the author of the best-selling book, The How of Happiness. Dr.…

  • Nipun Mehta

    Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace (formerly CharityFocus), an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism,…

  • Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton

    Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the co-editor of the Greater…

  • Kristin Neff

    Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is an associate professor in human development and culture at the University of Texas, Austin, and the author of

  • Daniel Siegel

    Dr. Daniel Siegel is a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.…

  • Frans de Waal

    Frans B. M. de Waal, Ph.D., a Dutch-born primatologist, is the C. H. Candler Professor at Emory University and director of the Living Links…

  • Robb Willer

    Robb Willer, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology, psychology (by courtesy), and organizational behavior (by courtesy) at Stanford University.…

  • Yasmin Anwar

    Yasmin Anwar is a Media Relations Representative at UC Berkeley.

  • Giacomo Bono

    Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, who studies positive youth development with…

  • Allison Briscoe-Smith

    Allison Briscoe-Smith, Ph.D., is a former Greater Good Science Center Graduate Fellow who is now a psychologist and assistant professor at…

  • Christine Carter

    Christine Carter, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by…

  • Patrick Cook-Deegan

    Patrick Cook-Deegan is the founder and director of Project Wayfinder. Patrick was a 2015-2016 education innovation fellow at Stanford’s…

  • Robert Emmons

    Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of…

  • Barbara Fredrickson

    Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and…

  • Daniel Goleman

    Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., is the author of the bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and Focus: The Hidden Driver of…

  • Amie M. Gordon

    Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D., is a social-personality psychologist who takes a dynamic, dyadic approach to investigating the affective,…

  • Sophie H. Janicke

    Sophie H. Janicke, Ph.D., is a positive media psychologist, now an assistant professor in media psychology at Chapman University, who…

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., is a professor of medicine emeritus and founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program in the…

  • Roman Krznaric

    Roman Krznaric, Ph.D., is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in London and empathy advisor to organizations including Oxfam and…

  • Sonja Lyubomirsky

    Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at UC Riverside and the author of the best-selling book, The How of Happiness. Dr.…

  • Rhonda Magee

    Rhonda Magee, JD, is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco. She is also Chair of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind…

  • Kelly McGonigal

    Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, and a leading expert in the new field of…

  • Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton

    Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the co-editor of the Greater…

  • Jenara Nerenberg

    Jenara Nerenberg splits her time between the Bay Area and Asia as a writer covering the innovations in the sciences and humanities that help…

  • Emma Seppala

    Emma Seppälä, Ph.D., is science director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the…

  • Daniel Siegel

    Dr. Daniel Siegel is a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.…

  • Elizabeth Svoboda

    Elizabeth Svoboda is a writer in San Jose, CA. She is the author of What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness.

  • Frans de Waal

    Frans B. M. de Waal, Ph.D., a Dutch-born primatologist, is the C. H. Candler Professor at Emory University and director of the Living Links…