Katherine Bao

Katherine Bao

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Brownson Hall, Room 218
Tue, Fri, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Wed, 11:00-12:00 p.m
(914) 323-7136

About Me

Katherine Bao is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department. She received her Ph.D. in social and personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, in 2013, and her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia in 2008. Prof. Bao is a social and personality psychologist whose main research interests include happiness, pet ownership, and romantic relationships. She is particularly interested in how happiness can be sustained over time. Prof. Bao teaches core courses such as Fundamentals of Psychology and Statistics for the Social Sciences, as well as topical courses such as Personality Psychology and Psychology of Emotion.

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Current Courses
Psychology of Emotion
Fundamentals of Psychology
Personality Psychology
Statistics for the Social Sciences
Positive Psychology
Social and Personality Psychology, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Psychology, Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia
Feature Publications


"Making it last: Combating adaptation in romantic relationships"

Journal of Positive Psychology, 8, 196-206, 2013.


"The course of well-being in romantic relationships: Predicting positive affect in dating participants"

Psych, 3, 1091-1099, 2012.


"The rewards of happiness"

I. Boniwell & S. David (Eds.), Oxford handbook of happiness (pp. 119-133). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012