Postdoctoral Research Associate
About Dr. Mangan
Susan Mangan is a postdoctoral research associate with the Thrive Center for Human Development. As a positive developmental psychologist, Dr. Mangan is interested in how we, as individuals and as a society, can lead happier, more fulfilling lives. She is focusing her research efforts on positive youth development, gratitude, and joy. She is 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 Center, she is also currently a visiting professor at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
Read Posts by Dr. Mangan
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.” His Holiness, the Dalai Lama If you ask me, love is one of the most beautiful concepts there is. While love is not always easy, in my darkest hours, I am rarely soothed by the things I dislike. When the workload is too demanding, the back-to-back Zoom calls…+ Read More
Dr. Susan Mangan provides two research-based activities to help us get started on experiencing elevation.+ Read More
Dr. Susan Mangan explains the role and benefits of moral elevation in inspiring us to help our communities.+ Read More
It’s difficult to experience love when social distancing. Learn how you can become closer to your loved ones, even during a pandemic.+ Read More