M.A. Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

B.A. Psychology and Hispanic Studies, Pepperdine University

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Twitter: @GabriellePfund

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Research Interests

Couched in personality science, my work examines macro- and micro-level changes in sense of purpose across the lifespan and their implications. Some of my most recent research has investigated the way in which purpose predicts weekly domain-specific relationship satisfaction after the college transition. Moving forward, I am interested in understanding the extent to which purpose varies from day-to-day, what predicts daily stability, and the implications of purpose variability for individuals. 


Here are some of Gabrielle’s favorite publications:

  • 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., Brazeau, H., Allemand, M., & Hill, P. L. (2020). Associations between sense of purpose and romantic relationship quality in adulthood. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37(5), 1563-1580.
  • 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., & Hill, P. L. (2018). The multifaceted benefits of purpose in life. The International Forum for Logotherapy, 41, 27-37.
  • 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!

Current Projects

  • 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. 
  • Some of my recent work has considered whether the associations between purpose and well-being may be dependent on an individual’s future time perspective–stay tuned for the future publications of this paper!