Current Role at Stanford

Instructor of Psychology, Stanford Continuing Studies
Program Developer/Co-Director and Instructor, Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

Academic Appointments

  • Casual - Other Teaching Staff, Graduate School of Business

All Publications

  • A randomized controlled trial of compassion cultivation training: Effects on mindfulness, affect, and emotion regulation MOTIVATION AND EMOTION Jazaieri, H., McGonigal, K., Jinpa, T., Doty, J. R., Gross, J. J., Goldin, P. R. 2014; 38 (1): 23-35
  • Enhancing Compassion: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Compassion Cultivation Training Program JOURNAL OF HAPPINESS STUDIES Jazaieri, H., Jinpa, G. T., McGonigal, K., Rosenberg, E. L., Finkelstein, J., Simon-Thomas, E., Cullen, M., Doty, J. R., Gross, J. J., Goldin, P. R. 2013; 14 (4): 1113-1126
  • The Social Costs of Emotional Suppression: A Prospective Study of the Transition to College JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Srivastava, S., Tamir, M., McGonigal, K. M., John, O. P., Gross, J. J. 2009; 96 (4): 883-897


    There is growing interest in understanding how emotion regulation affects adaptation. The present study examined expressive suppression (which involves inhibiting the overt expression of emotion) and how it affects a critical domain of adaptation, social functioning. This investigation focused on the transition to college, a time that presents a variety of emotional and social challenges. Analyses focused on 2 components of suppression: a stable component, representing individual differences expressed both before and after the transition, and a dynamic component, representing variance specific to the new college context. Both components of suppression predicted lower social support, less closeness to others, and lower social satisfaction. These findings were robustly corroborated across weekly experience reports, self-reports, and peer reports and are consistent with a theoretical framework that defines emotion regulation as a dynamic process shaped by both stable person factors and environmental demands.

    View details for DOI 10.1037/a0014755

    View details for Web of Science ID 000264489400012

    View details for PubMedID 19309209

  • Optimism in close relationships: How seeing things in a positive light makes them so JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Srivastava, S., McGonigal, K. M., Richards, J. M., Butler, E. A., Gross, J. J. 2006; 91 (1): 143-153


    Does expecting positive outcomes--especially in important life domains such as relationships--make these positive outcomes more likely? In a longitudinal study of dating couples, the authors tested whether optimists (who have a cognitive disposition to expect positive outcomes) and their romantic partners are more satisfied in their relationships, and if so, whether this is due to optimists perceiving greater support from their partners. In cross-sectional analyses, both optimists and their partners indicated greater relationship satisfaction, an effect that was mediated by optimists' greater perceived support. When the couples engaged in a conflict conversation, optimists and their partners saw each other as engaging more constructively during the conflict, which in turn led both partners to feel that the conflict was better resolved 1 week later. In a 1-year follow-up, men's optimism predicted relationship status. Effects of optimism were mediated by the optimists' perceived support, which appears to promote a variety of beneficial processes in romantic relationships.

    View details for DOI 10.1037/0022-3514.91.1.143

    View details for Web of Science ID 000239139900010

    View details for PubMedID 16834485