It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.
Lindsay H. Ryan is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from the Pennsylvania State University in Human Development and Family Studies. Her research interests include a focus on longitudinal and survey methodologies to examine contextual and social effects on health, well-being, and cognitive function across adulthood. She is grateful for her family and for the events in her life that have led her to such interesting and rewarding work opportunities.
Amanda Sonnega is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan, where she is responsible for integrating communication, outreach, and education efforts for the Health and Retirement Study. She has lectured in the U-M School of Public Health teaching Psychosocial Factors in Health-related Behavior. Her research focuses on life course trajectories of physical and mental health; institutional and personal factors associated with vulnerability and resilience in aging individuals; and disparities in health and mortality at older ages. Amanda feels that gratitude is an outlook that comes with practice; everyday gives opportunities for exercising it. She is grateful for a very dear community of family, friends, and co-workers.
Nicky Newton is an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan, where she also received her Ph.D. in Personality and Social Contexts Psychology in 2011. Nicky’s research focuses on the relationships between personality, social roles, social support, health, and well-being across adulthood. Wherever possible, she studies these relationships through the lenses of gender and race. Among the many things for which she is grateful, Nicky is most grateful for the people in her life – husband, friends, and colleagues – who continue to provide support and encouragement.
Graduate Research Assistant
Onawa LaBelle is a doctoral candidate in the Personality and Social Contexts area of psychology at the University of Michigan. After earning her B.A. in psychology from Smith College in 2012, Onawa was a postbaccalaureate research fellow at UMass Amherst where she studied close relationship processes and health outcomes with Dr. Paula Pietromonaco. In addition to working on the Gratitude Across the Lifespan Project, Onawa seeks to better understand how special populations (e.g., insecurely attached individuals, sexual minorities, recovering addicts) can live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. Onawa became interested in gratitude and positive psychology after seeing the change gratitude interventions created in her life through personal practice and is grateful for the people in her life that continue to love and support her.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Emily Gach is an undergraduate research assistant at the Institute for Social Research, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. In addition to working on the Gratitude Across the Lifespan project, Emily’s honors thesis is focused on the development of a contextual risk index for middle-income families. Emily is especially grateful for her family, friends, and the opportunity to be involved in a field she is passionate about.
Kelly Chatain is an archivist, records manager, and web designer working with the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. She received her MLIS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 2008. Her professional focus is on research data management, preservation, and access. She is grateful for the depth and breadth of experiences in her life, for love and relationships, and the opportunity to explore the human condition with so many kind and intelligent people.