Richard E. Lucas

Richard E. Lucas
  • MSU Foundation Professor
  • Psychology


Ricahrd E. Lucas, professor of psychology, is known internationally for his research on happiness and subjective well-being, positive emotions, and the effects of life events on life satisfaction. His work in personality traits, extraversion, and personality assessment has been supported by the National Institute on Aging, among others, and has been published extensively in the top research journals in the field.

Lucas earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowdoin College, followed by a master’s and PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois.

Lucas joined the Department of Psychology in 2001. He serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Research in Personality. He has been an outspoken proponent  of replication studies, conducting follow-up research that can increase the confidence in the results of an original study. Lucas is a core faculty member in MSU’s Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research. He serves on the editorial board of Social and Personality Psychology Science and as a consulting editor for the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Happiness Studies.