S. Katherine Nelson

What leads people to live happy and fulfilling lives? How do major life events, such as having children, alter the course of adults' lives and ultimately shape their well-being? These questions are…



S. Katherine Nelson, Ph.D.
Lab Director 
Katherine Nelson is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Sewanee: The University of the South. 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. You can read about her research interests here.  When she’s not at work, Katie enjoys spending time with friends and family and her dog, Smoky. She also loves hiking, reading, and yoga. 

John K. Coffey, Ph.D. 
John Coffey is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Sewanee: The University of the South. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Creighton University, his M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in Positive Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. John’s research focuses on integrating research on developmental and positive psychology to examine the early life determinants of adolescent and adult well-being and psychopathology. When he’s not working, John enjoys a range of activities, including hiking, soccer, swimming, socializing with friends and family, cooking, reading, and playing the occasional video game. 

Current Members
Chandler Altenbern, Undergraduate RA 
Olivia Bailey, Undergraduate RA 
​Hannah Faulkner, Undergraduate RA
​Gray Lochbihler, Undergraduate RA 
Claire Johnson, Undergraduate RA 
Micah Nicholas, Undergraduate RA 
Ashlin Ondrusek, Undergraduate RA 
Diamond Stewart, Undergraduate RA 
Tessa Thomas, Undergraduate RA 

Isobel Williamson

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