Monica Y. Bartlett, Ph.D

Associate Professor & Chair of Psychology Department

I run the Positive Emotion and Social Behavior Lab. We examine how specific emotions influence relationship building and personal well-being outcomes. Much of my work has focused on the emotion gratitude and its role in shaping our relationships with...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Northeastern University, Social Psychology

Courses Taught

General Psychology

Research Methods

Human Flourishing

Psychology of Poverty and Social Class

Social Psychology


I run the Positive Emotion and Social Behavior Lab. We examine how specific emotions influence relationship building and personal well-being outcomes. Much of my work has focused on the emotion gratitude and its role in shaping our relationships with others, both through our personal experience of gratitude and in our expression of gratitude to others.

Bartlett, M.Y., Valdesolo, P. & Arpin, S.N. (2019). The paradox of power: The relationship between self-esteem and gratitude. Journal of Social Psychology, in press. DOI: 10.1080/00224545.2019.1601609

Bartlett, M.Y. & Arpin, S.N. (2019). Gratitude and loneliness: Enhancing health and well-being in older adults. Research on Aging, in press. DOI: 10.1177/0164027519845354

Williams, L.A. & Bartlett, M.Y. (2014). Warm thanks: Gratitude expression facilitates social affiliation in new relationships via perceived warmth. Emotion, 15, 1-5.

Bartlett, M.Y., Condon, P., Cruz, J., Baumann, J. & DeSteno, D. (2012). Gratitude: Prompting behaviors that build relationships. Cognition and Emotion, 26, 2-13.

DeSteno, D., Bartlett, M.Y., Baumann,J., Williams, L.A., & Dickens, L. (2010). Gratitude as moral sentiment: Emotion-guided cooperation in economic exchange. Emotion, 10, 289-293.

Bartlett, M.Y. & DeSteno, D. (2006). Gratitude and prosocial behavior: Helping when it costs you. Psychological Science, 17, 319-325.