Christine L. Carter Ph.D.

Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Achieve More by Doing Less (2017) and Raising Happiness (2011). She is a sociologist and Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, where she draws on scientific research to help people lead their most courageous, joyful, meaningful, and authentic lives.

After receiving her B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she was a Senior Fellow, Dr. Carter worked in marketing management and school administration, going on to receive her Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley.

A sought-after keynote speaker, Dr. Carter loves to share her work in person. Combining scientific research and practical application, she offers audiences not only a way to cope with modern pressures, but tactics to truly thrive. Dr. Carter looks at living life from the "sweet spot"—that place of both power and ease.

Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, Brave Over Perfect, and is a contributor to US News & World Report online. Her work is syndicated on Greater Good, the Huffington Post, PsychologyToday.com, and several other websites. Her work has earned her two nominations from the American Sociological Association for public sociology and an award from the Council on Contemporary Families.

Dr. Carter has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “Dr. Oz Show”, the “TODAY” show, the “Rachael Ray Show,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer”, PBS, as well as NPR and BBC Radio. She has been  quoted or featured  in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, as well as Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Men’s Health, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Fitness, Redbook, and dozens of other publications.

She  lives with her husband, four teenagers, and dog, Buster, in Marin County, California.

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Brave Over Perfect

A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home (January 2015) and Raising Happiness (2011). 

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