Susan Mangan

Postdoctoral Research Associate

About Dr. Mangan

Dr. Susan Mangan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Thrive Center. As a positive developmental psychologist, Dr. Mangan is interested in how we, as individuals and as a society, can lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Dr. Mangan is focusing her research efforts on positive youth development, gratitude, and joy. She is also the Co-Investigator for the Thrive Center's Shades of Gratitude Project and Compassion International Study of Positive Youth Development.

As a scholar more broadly, Dr. Mangan's research focuses on positive psychology interventions, well-being, psychological need satisfaction, and emerging adulthood. She also has a keen interest in evaluation, community program development, and measurement development, as evidenced by publications such as the Claremont Purpose Scale: A measure that assesses the three dimensions of purpose among adolescents. Dr. Mangan has been a longtime fan of the Thrive Center and is excited to contribute to its ongoing success. In addition to her research with the Thrive Center, Dr. Mangan is currently a visiting professor at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

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A Purposeful Summer

By Susan Mangan | Aug 16, 2021

Dr. Susan Mangan offers summer activities to help us identify and understand our purpose as we enter a post-COVID world.

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Elevating Ourselves and Our World: Activities to Unlock Elevation

By Susan Mangan | Aug 5, 2021

Dr. Susan Mangan provides two research-based activities to help us get started on experiencing elevation.

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Elevating for Social Change

By Susan Mangan | Jul 28, 2021

Dr. Susan Mangan explains the role and benefits of moral elevation in inspiring us to help our communities.

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Love and Closeness in COVID-19

By Susan Mangan | Feb 14, 2021

It’s difficult to experience love when social distancing. Learn how you can become closer to your loved ones, even during a pandemic.

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Science Agrees You Need Laughter

By Susan Mangan | Oct 12, 2020

Research shows that humor can ease stress. Dr. Susan Mangan shares 3 exercises to help us get started.

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Finding Awe in Uncertain Times

By Susan Mangan | Apr 16, 2020

Seeking awe may be at the bottom of our COVID agenda. Dr. Susan Mangan explains why awe can helps us in times of loss.

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Activities for Busting the COVID-19 Blues

By Susan Mangan | Apr 2, 2020

Social distancing can be hard, so how we can thrive even in isolation? Dr. Susan Mangan shares activities that help build resilience.

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Boosting Positive Emotions at Home

By Susan Mangan | Mar 21, 2020

Dr. Susan Mangan provides 3 at-home exercises that can increase our positive emotions as we continue to navigate through COVID-19.

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Why Giving Thanks Matters

By Susan Mangan | Nov 26, 2019

What does research tell us about giving thanks? Dr. Susan Mangan shares the key benefits and how we can nurture gratitude in our kids.

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