Hi there! My name is Ashley Whillans. I received my PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia in November 2017 and I 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 currently part of the Global Happiness Thematic Council in the UAE, the Workplace & Well-being Initiative at Harvard University, and I advise on the well-being strategy of numerous non-profit and for-profit partners.
Broadly, my research focuses on understanding how the daily and long-term decisions that people make about time and money (in their personal lives, their relationships, and at work) impact happiness. My research has been published in leading 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, the Journal of Social and Personality Psychology, and the 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 The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Conversation. My research has also 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 and managers enjoy 'Happier Time'. I am excited to hear from you!