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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.


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

  • 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.

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