Kate Sweeny is a Professor of Psychology and the Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs at the University of California, Riverside, where she runs the Life Events Lab. She received her B.S. (2002) from Furman University and her M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2008) from the University of Florida, where she studied social psychology with James Shepperd, Ph.D. When she's not at work, you can find Kate hanging out with her husband and their pets Mojo and Monkey, studying and performing Polynesian and Middle Eastern dance, wine tasting, practicing yoga, learning Spanish, and enjoying nature by hiking or camping.