Couched in personality science, my work examines macro- and micro-level changes in sense of purpose across the lifespan and how these changes connect to social relationships. Some of my most recent research has investigated the way in which purpose predicts weekly domain-specific relationship satisfaction after the college transition as well as within-person variability in daily sense of purpose in older adults. Moving forward, I am interested in understanding the extent to which purpose varies based on how and when the construct is assessed, what other constructs are associated with within-person purpose variability, and the implications of this variability for both purpose development and predicting life outcomes.
Here are some of Gabrielle’s favorite publications:
- Pfund, G. N., Hofer, M., Allemand, M., & Hill, P. L. (2021). Being social may be purposeful in older adulthood: A measurement burst design. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
- Pfund, G. N. (2020). We meet again: The reintroduction and reintegration of purpose into personality psychology. In The Ecology of Purposeful Living Across the Lifespan (pp. 11-28). Springer, Cham.
- Pfund, G. N., Bono, T. J., & Hill, P. L. (2021). Purpose as a predictor of satisfaction across relationship domains during the first semester of university. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
- Pfund, G. N., Bono, T. J., & Hill, P. L. (2020). A higher goal during higher education: The power of purpose in life during university. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 6(2), 97.
- Pfund, G. N., & Lewis, N. A. (2020). Aging with Purpose: Developmental Changes and Benefits of Purpose in Life Throughout the Lifespan. In Personality and Healthy Aging in Adulthood (pp. 27-42). Springer, Cham.
To find out more about her research, check out her Google Scholar!
- Using three weeks of ecological momentary assessment data with an older adult sample, one of my current projects is seeking to understand the ways in which positive and negative social interactions throughout the day are associated with daily purposefulness both within and between participants.
- Building from some of my past work on sense of purpose and romantic relationship quality, I’m currently helping in the design of a dyadic study that will evaluate whether purpose similarity matters for romantic relationship satisfaction.
- While there is a robust collection of research that considers individuals sense of purpose levels across the lifespan, research is lacking regarding whether purpose is understood similarly across the lifespan–stay tuned for the future publications of this paper!
While Gabrielle loves research, she also enjoys staying connected with her university community. She is currently treasurer for the Graduate Professional Council and is a graduate student member of the University Student Affairs Advisory Board. She previously served as the Co-President of the Graduate Student Senate. Within the department, Gabrielle is a member of the Graduate Student Diversity Committee and also has previously served as the Chair of the Psychology Graduate Student Association.
Get to know Gabrielle!
Gabrielle loves all things dogs, bunnies, and dark chocolate. Her perfect Saturday includes reading (preferably fiction) in her beloved recliner, going on walks to pet strangers’ dogs, and sipping on a Sauvignon Blanc on a hot day and a Malbec on a cold day. She also loves time with friends, Pure Barre, and binging Netflix.
(P)fun(d) fact: she recently returned from a three month research stay at the University of Zurich, where she conducted research with Mathias Allemand (and continued to eat lots of dark chocolate).