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Christine Whelan

Clinical Professor

School of Human Ecology l Consumer Science

Dr. Christine B. Whelan’s motto is “not for school but for life we learn.” Dr. Whelan teaches class on Consuming Happiness, Belonging & Purpose and Finance & Families. She is the author of four applied research books, including The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life (2016). Dr. Whelan has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today, among many others, and is a frequent guest on national and local television and radio.


Life on Purpose: Three Questions Only You Can Answer

Ask what matters most to you, why it matters and how to make it happen. Putting purpose research into action.

From Success to Significance: Your Path to the Good Life

You can do well by doing good if you’re clear on your values, your strengths and who you want to impact in this lifetime.

Consuming Happiness: Research & Application

You CAN buy happiness, if you know how to spend your money right. (Think experiences, relationships and time — not the latest gadget!)