Lab Director


Dr. Lora Park is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University at Buffalo.  Her research focuses on questions pertaining to the self, self-esteem, motivation, and interpersonal processes.  Specifically, she is interested in studying how aspects of the person and the situation interact to influence outcomes such as goal pursuit, well-being, and interpersonal outcomes.

Her work has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Bulletin, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation.  She is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Self and Identity and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (President-elect in 2024). She has served on several editorial boards and was an Associate Editor at Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, snowboarding, running, traveling, playing piano, listening to music, and singing in the Grammy Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.