Sara Konrath is an assistant professor of philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan.
Konrath is the director of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research, or iPEAR, a research lab with a primary focus on motivations, traits and behaviors relevant to philanthropic giving, volunteering and other prosocial behaviors. Her work has been published in top scientific journals and has been featured in national media outlets.
Her recent research has found that empathy has been declining in recent years among younger generations in the United States. Other research has found that people’s motives for giving have implications for their health. In her current work, she is using mobile phones to implement empathy-building programs. Her work has been published in top scientific journals and has been featured in several media outlets, including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Time magazine, CNN and NPR.
Areas of Expertise
Empathy, narcissism, prosocial behavior, giving, helping, volunteering, philanthropy, charitable donations, temporal trends in social connection, physiological underpinnings and health consequences of self-focus and other-focus, mobile-based psychosocial interventions, social cognition, prosocial media effects, emotional intelligence
Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research: http://iPEARlab.org/