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Bella DePaulo Ph.D.


Bella DePaulo (Ph.D., Harvard, 1979) is a social psychologist and the author of Single at Heart (Apollo), Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After (St. Martin's Press), How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century (Atria), and other books. Atlantic magazine described Dr. DePaulo as “America’s foremost thinker and writer on the single experience.” Her TEDx talk, "What no one ever told you about people who are single," has been viewed more than a million times. In her writings, DePaulo has drawn from social science data to challenge the stereotypes of people who are single and explain why so many single people are flourishing. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, such as the James McKeen Cattell Award and the Research Scientist Development Award.

DePaulo has more than 150 scholarly publications and has served in various leadership positions in professional organizations. She has written op-ed essays and other articles for publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC, CNN, Time magazine, the Atlantic, New York magazine, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Bella DePaulo has discussed the place of singles in society on radio and television, including NPR and The Today Show, and her work has been described in newspapers (such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal) and magazines (such as the New Yorker, New York magazine, Atlantic magazine, the Economist, AARP magazine, Time magazine, and many others). She is an Academic Affiliate in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB. Visit her website at

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