About Dr. Howell
Dr. Ryan T. Howell
Lab Director & Principal Investigator
Ph.D, Social/Personality Psychology, University of California, Riverside
Dr. Howell is an expert on the link between purchasing habits and happiness and how such factors as personality and an individual's approach to the past, present, and future affect their happiness. His research suggests that people gain greater happiness from spending money on life experiences rather than material items. He instructs various courses including Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design, Statistical Analysis of Psychological Research, Introductory Psychological Statistics, Honor's Research, and Seminar in Selected Problems. He is also the director of the Personality and Well-Being Lab, a professor at San Francisco State University, and co-founder of Beyond the Purchase and the EBTS.