Jessie Sun

Jessie Sun

MindCORE Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Pennsylvania

Biography

I will be recruiting a new graduate student to start in Fall 2023. Please read this page for more information.

I am an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences 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. Prior to joining WashU, I was a MindCORE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, and I received my Ph.D. from UC Davis and my BA (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. For more details, please see my CV.

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, rock-climber, and dog-mom to my Pomeranian, Kumara. 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.