Hi! My name is Ashley Whillans. I received my PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia in November 2017 and started working as an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School in July 2017. During my PhD, I was a member of UBC's Public Scholar Initiative and was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. My PhD Dissertation won the CAGS Distinguished Thesis Award for being the best dissertation across the fine arts, social sciences, and humanities in Canada in 2017.
In 2015 and 2018, I was named a Rising Star of Behavioral Science by the International Behavioral Exchange & Behavioral Science and Policy Association. In 2016, I co-founded the Department of Behavioral Science in the Policy, Innovation, and Engagement Division of the British Columbia Public Service Agency. I am part of the Global Happiness Thematic Council, and advise on the well-being strategy of numerous non-profit and for-profit partners.
I am a member of the Business and Environment Initiative at Harvard Business School, a member of the Flourishing Program at Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and a member of Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy's Behavioral Insights Group. I am also a Burke Global Health Fellow at Harvard University, where my ongoing research examines the welfare benefits of alleviating time poverty among working poor women living in developing markets.
More broadly, my research focuses on understanding how the daily and long-term decisions people make about time and money (in their personal lives, relationships, and at work) impact well-being. My research has been published in numerous academic outlets, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Health Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Social and Personality Psychology, Nature Human Behavior, Science Advances, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
I am also passionate about science communication and public engagement and have written about my research for numerous popular press outlets including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Conversation. My research has been featured by news outlets including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, The Atlantic, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal.
I am currently writing a book through Harvard Business Publishing designed to help employees enjoy 'Happier Time'. It is set to be published in January, 2020.
I am excited to hear from you!