Department: Psychology

Areas of expertise:

  • Scientific Study of Happiness
  • Savoring
  • Positive Psychology
  • Travel and Happiness
  • Self-Knowledge
  • Decision Making

An expert in positive psychology with an interest in savoring, Dr. Kurtz researches strategies on enhancing happiness in everyday life, happiness and holidays, travel and more. In addition to a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, Kurtz published a book, "The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations" (Oxford University Press, 2017), and has written a Psychology Today blog, "Happy Trails."

She received her doctorate and master's degrees from the University of Virginia, and her bachelor's degree from Millersville University.


Media contact: Eric Gorton,, 540-908-1760.

Jaime Kurtz

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