Donald E Frederick
Donald Frederick worked as a post-doctoral fellow for the Human Flourishing Program under the supervision of Professor VanderWeele for two years during 2016 and 2017 on projects concerning the social science of work. His current research continues 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. He also has research interests on the intersection of social science knowledge and technology. Prior to his time at Harvard, Donald 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.The central role of work and its effects on our lives is a topic that he became interested in while in San Francisco.