Welcome!

Hi! My name is Eranda and this is my lab page. I am an assistant professor of psychology at Wake Forest University. I received my Ph.D. in positive and social/personality psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. I am currently the Project Co-Leader of the Pathways to Character Project, a $3.4 million initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation examining the possibilities for the strengthening of character following adversity, challenge or failure. My research focuses on post-traumatic growth as positive personality change, moral personality, wisdom, well-being and integrative theories of personality. I have worked with populations in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and various populations in the USA. My awards include the 2015 Rising Star award from the Association for Psychological Science (which recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field), a Mellon Refugee Initiative Fund Fellowship, and grants from the John Templeton Foundation, the Templeton Religion Trust, and the Asia Foundation/ USAID.

Visit the Growth Initiative site here

Visit our Pathways to Character site here and learn more about our funding competition here

Learn about our 2017 Wisdom Seminar at Fordham University here

Visit the Beacon Project site here

Visit the Character Project site here

Here’s a link to an article at Slate.com where I discuss the question of whether adversity can build character.

Here a link to a NY Times piece about some research I did with my colleague Erik Helzer on well-being and control.

Here’s a video of me discussing well-being at the 2014 NAIS Well-Being Summit

And if you came to this website looking for answers to the question of how you could become happier, you could do worse than start here. Or here.

Learn about research conducted by Eranda Jayawickreme and students at Wake Forest University