Sara Konrath

Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies; Faculty Advisor to Ph.D. Program

Sara Konrath
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN


  • Honours B.A., Psychology, University of Waterloo, 2002
  • M.S. and Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Michigan, 2007


Sara Konrath is a social psychologist who directs the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research ( at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Her research explores changes over time in social and emotional traits among American young people.

Other research examines implications of these traits for individuals themselves and for other people. For example, she has published extensively on the health and happiness benefits of giving. She also creates and evaluates empathy-training programs for various groups, including young people, teachers, doctors, museums, and other organizations.

Dr. Konrath writes a popular Psychology Today blog (The Empathy Gap) and is regularly featured in media outlets, including the New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR radio, and BBC news. Her forthcoming book is called Culture of Burnout: American life in an age of increasing expectations (Oxford University Press). She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (2020-2021).

Courses Taught

  • Quantitative Behavioral Research Methods
  • Altruism & Health
  • Psychology of Giving


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