Graduate Students

Updates for the 2021-2022 Academic Year:

Dr. Dunn will have space for a highly motivated new graduate student to join the lab in the fall of 2021. In the past, most admitted students have had A averages, extensive research experience, and GRE’s above the 80th percentile.

Due to the large number of applicants, Dr. Dunn does not offer pre admission interviews. However, you are welcome to email her your GPA, GRE percentiles and a 2-3 sentence description of your research experience and she will notify you whether you are competitive for admission. Those interested in studying happiness in Vancouver, you can also contact Dr. Dunn’s former student, Dr. Lara Aknin at, or visit her website for more information.

Our Lab’s Newest Project:

The average smartphone user checks their device 150 times per day, about once every 6 minutes. Meanwhile, new mobile devices (from Apple Watch to the Internet of Things) promise to keep us constantly connected, anytime, anywhere. There is a great deal of debate—but a dearth of good data—on the effects of this emerging technological revolution for human well-being. Our lab is currently investigating this topic with funding from SSHRC.