Chris C. Martin


I am a fourth-year student in Emory University's sociology PhD program. I conduct research on mental health and psychological well-being.


I have a bachelors degree in psychology from Davidson College, a masters degree in human -computer interaction from Georgia Tech, and a masters degree in experimental psychology from the College of William and Mary.

Currently Reading

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About Me

I spent my early childhood in Saudi Arabia, and then attending middle and high school in India, in my father's hometown, Pune. At 18, I moved to the U.S. to study psychology and music at Davidson College. After spending a decade in the field of web usability and human-computer interaction, I decided I was more interested in conducting basic social research, so I began to study psychology and sociology, which brings me to my current location, Emory University's sociology department.

In my spare time, I play classical piano, watch popular and independent films, attend lectures, take walks in local parks, and read literary fiction and social-science oriented non-fiction.

I live in Decatur, GA, arguably one of the best neighborhoods in the Atlanta area.


Davidson College (1995-1999) B.A. cum laude in Psychology with Music Minor
Georgia Institute of Technology (1999-2000) M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction
College of William & Mary (2010-2012) M.A. in Experimental Psychology
Emory University (2012-) Ph.D. in Sociology






Selected Publications and Recent Talks

Keyes, C. L. M., & Martin, C. C. (in press). The Complete State Model of Mental Health. In M. Slade, I. Oades, & A. Jarden (Eds.), Wellbeing, Recovery, and Mental Health. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Martin, C. C. & Keyes, C. L. M. (2015). Investigating the Goldilocks Hypothesis: The Non-Linear Impact of Positive Trait Change on Well-Being. PLOS ONE, 10(7). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131316

Martin, C. C. (2015). How Ideology Has Hindered Sociological Insight. The American Sociologist. doi: 10.1007/s12108-015-9263-z

Martin, C. C. & Webster, G. D. (2014). No Support for Declining Effect Sizes over Time: Evidence from Three Meta-Meta-Analyses. Presentation at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Athens, GA. doi: 10.13140/2.1.4824.3204

Martin, C. C. & Nezlek, J. B. (2014). The White Ceiling Heuristic and the Underestimation of Asian-American Income. PLOS ONE, 9(9). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108732

Keyes, C. L. M., Kendler, K., Myers, J., & Martin C. C. (2014). The Genetic Overlap and Distinctiveness of Flourishing and the Big Five Personality Traits. Journal of Happiness Studies. Published online before print. doi:10.1007/s10902-014-9527-2


My advisor is Dr. Corey L. M. Keyes. He is known for his work in eudaimonic happiness and social well-being. Here is a recent talk by him.

My graduate advisor at the College of William and Mary, Todd Thrash, researches several aspects of personality and creativity. I also worked with John Nezlek, an expert in HLM and daily diary studies, and Joanna Schug, a cultural psychologist.

My graduate advisors at Georgia Tech, John Stasko and Mark Guzdial, conduct research on information visualization and educational technology.

My undergraduate advisor, Greta Munger, conducts research on perception. She and her husband used to manage the blog Cognitive Daily.

Let's Get in Touch

Department of Sociology
Emory University
1555 Dickey Dr. 225 Tarbutton Hall
Atlanta, GA 30322