Edward F Diener

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Division: Social/Personality

Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology (Emeritus) of Psychology

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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    415 Psychology Bldg.
    603 E. Daniel Street
    M/C 716
    Champaign, IL 61820
  • Telephone: (217)333-4804

Research Description

Professor Diener's research focuses on several areas: the measurement of subjective well-being; temperament and personality influences on SWB; theories of well-being; demographics and well-being (e.g., income, sex, and age); and most recently his work has emphasized cultural influences on subjective well-being. Diener uses experience-sampling methodology for recording subjective well-being, but also has conducted laboratory studies as well as large-scale surveys across many cultures. Ed Diener has edited three recent books on SWB: Well-being: The Foundations of Hedonic Psychology (with Kahneman and Schwarz), Advances in Quality of Life Studies (with Don Rahtz), and Culture and Subjective Well-Being (with Eunkook Suh). He is currently heading up a program designed to advance national indicators of well-being to complement economic indicators or quality of life. With Robert Biswas-Diener and Richard Lucas he is writing a popular book on well-being, Beneficial Happiness.


  • Ph.D. from the University of Washington

Recent Publications

Diener, E. (1984). Subjective well-being. Psychological Bulletin ,95 , 542-575. An early review of the research literature and theoretical approaches to happiness

Diener, E., & Suh, E. M. (Eds.). (2000). Culture and subjective well-being Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. An edited book with chapters on various aspects of subjective well-being across nations.

Pavot, W., & Diener, (1993). Review of the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Personality Assessment ,5, 164-172. A review of the Satisfaction with Life Scale, and its validity and reliability

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Facilities Information

Parking Garage Update

The two parking garages have been evaluated and no structural issues were found. The problem is just in the exterior brickwork. These problems will be addressed and the garages reopened by the start of classes, although some work will continue into the fall semester.