Erika Weisz, PhD

Erika Weisz, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology

Harvard University


Erika Weisz is a social psychologist and affective scientist who studies empathy and prosocial behavior. She examines these topics from a novel theoretical standpoint, one which characterizes empathy and prosocial behavior as motivated processes. Her research is organized around two main objectives. First, she aims to advance theoretical accounts of empathy and prosocial behavior by characterizing their motivational and situational determinants. Second, she is interested in accelerating the translation of basic science findings into programs and interventions that improve socio-emotional functioning. She uses a broad range of methodologies in her work, including implicit and explicit behavioral measures, experience sampling methods, field data collection, physiological measures and fMRI, while observing best practices for open and reproducible science.


  • Empathy
  • Prosocial Behavior
  • Motivation
  • Psychological Interventions


  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology

    Harvard University

  • PhD in Psychology

    Stanford University | Dissertation title "Building Empathy through Motive-Based Interventions

  • BA in Psychology

    University of Vermont | summa cum laude

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