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Eranda Jayawickreme

Professor of Psychology & Senior Research Fellow, Program for Leadership and Character, Wake Forest University

Eranda Jayawickreme is a professor of psychology at Wake Forest University. He received his Ph.D. in positive and social/personality psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

He is currently the Project Co-Leader of the Pathways to Character Project, a $3.4 million initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation examining the possibilities for the strengthening of character following adversity, challenge or failure. His research focuses on post-traumatic growth as positive personality change, moral personality, wisdom, well-being and integrative theories of personality. He has worked with populations in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and various populations in the USA.

His awards include the 2015 Rising Star award from the Association for Psychological Science (which recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field), a Mellon Refugee Initiative Fund Fellowship, and grants from the John Templeton Foundation, the Templeton Religion Trust, and the Asia Foundation/USAID.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Psychology, Wake Forest University