Amie Gordon

Faculty Associate, Center for Positive Organizations

Assistant Professor of Psychology

University of Michigan

Amie M. Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan where she directs the Well-Being, Health, and Interpersonal Relationships Lab (WHIRLab). The purpose of the WHIRLab is to identify factors that help people maintain high quality relationships over time, enhancing health and well-being at the individual, dyadic, familial, organizational, and societal levels. Much of Amie’s work focuses on the benefits of prosocial cognitions, emotions, and behaviors (e.g., perspective-taking, gratitude, responsiveness), as well as the barriers to prosociality. She is particularly interested in the role of unseen influences, such as biological dysregulation (e.g. lack of sleep, hunger, illness) and external stressors (e.g., time pressure, work stress).

Amie’s award-winning research has been published in top academic journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Science as well as being featured in the Harvard Business Review and popular news outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Slate. In an effort to disseminate research to a wider audience, she maintains a blog for Psychology Today and gives invited lectures to academic, healthcare, community, and business audiences.

Amie received her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from UC Berkeley and her BA in Psychology from UCLA. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at UC Berkeley and UCSF prior to joining the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan in 2019.