Ayse Yemiscigil, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher studying the social-economic determinants of psychological well-being and motivation. She is specifically focused on understanding the factors that give people a sense of meaning and purpose in life, at work, and in education. To this end, she focuses on the development of self-awareness and making a social impact. An economist by background, Ayse primarily uses longitudinal observational data and quasi-experimental field experiments in her research. She is also teaching her course, on leadership, authenticity, and purpose in Fall, 2020, at the Extension School at Harvard University. During 2019-2020, Ayse was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. She earned her Ph.D. in behavioral sciences from the Business School at Warwick University, UK and a master’s degree in behavioral and economic sciences from Warwick University, UK. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Koc University, Turkey.