Donald E Frederick
Donald Frederick is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Human Flourishing Program located in the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences. He completed his PhD at The University of Chicago in psychology in 2014. His research focus was on cognition and behavioral neuroscience. His dissertation focused on the decision-making and local field potentials of rats performing odor discrimination tasks. While at Chicago, he also took master degrees in computer science and divinity (from the Divinity School). Following his PhD work, he spent a year as a co-founder of a start-up in San Francisco.
His current research is on the subject of work with a focus on how its relates to (i.e., promotes or hinders) human flourishing with particular attention to the areas of happiness, well-being, virtue and character, health, and relationships. The central role of work and its effects on our lives is a topic that he became interested in while in San Francisco. He also has research interests on the intersection of social science knowledge and technology.