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Sara Konrath

Associate Professor

Indiana University, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy



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Sara Konrath is an Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. Konrath is the director of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research (, a research lab with a primary focus on motivations, traits, and behaviors relevant to philanthropic giving, volunteering, and other prosocial behaviors. Her research examines how empathy and narcissism are associated with social media usage. She has also created two mobile phone programs to increase empathy: Text to Connect and Random App of Kindness. Her work has been published in top scientific journals and has been featured in national media outlets.

Keywords: Empathy, Compassion, Narcissism, Burnout, Social media, Smartphone intervention, Media panic