Jessie Sun

Jessie Sun

MindCORE Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Pennsylvania

Biography

I am a MindCORE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (CV). I will be an Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis starting in Fall 2022. My research examines two fundamental aspects of the good life—well-being and morality—in real-world contexts. To study people “in the wild,” I use a diverse methodological toolkit, including experience sampling, naturalistic audio recordings, informant reports, and personality change interventions.

I received my Ph.D. from UC Davis, where I worked in the Personality and Self-Knowledge Lab. Prior to graduate school, I received my BA (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and collaborated with the Personality Processes LabCentre for Wellbeing Science, and the Williams Social Emotions Lab.

In my personal life, I strive to promote well-being by living vegan and have pledged to give to the most effective animal welfare and global poverty causes. For fun, I am an avid Brazilian Zouk dancer, a long-time classical singer, and enjoy rock-climbing. Thanks for visiting my website!

Interests
  • Well-Being
  • Moral Psychology
  • Social Interactions
  • Personality
Education
  • PhD in Psychology, 2020

    University of California, Davis

  • BA (Hons.) in Psychology, 2015

    The University of Melbourne

Research Programs

Moral Improvement

Moral Improvement

What inspires people to become more moral?

Morality and Well-Being

Morality and Well-Being

Is there a tradeoff between well-being and morality?

Social Interactions and Well-Being

Social Interactions and Well-Being

What kinds of social interactions matter for well-being?

Recent Publications

(2021). Eavesdropping on missing data: What are people doing when they miss experience sampling reports?. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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(2021). Why has personality psychology played an outsized role in the credibility revolution?. Personality Science.

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(2020). Thriving in life. The Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology.

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(2020). The language of well-being: Tracking fluctuations in emotion experience through everyday speech. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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Resources

Job Market Resources

Job market materials, reflections on my job market experiences, and other resources.