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My name is Ashley Whillans, and I am an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School in Negotiations, Organizations, and Markets.

I received my PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia in June 2017.

In 2015, 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.

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 well-being. 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, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

I am passionate about science communication and public engagement and I have written about my research for numerous popular press outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, 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.

My primary email address is Please see my faculty website for up-to-date information. 


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