Giacomo Bono, Ph.D.
Giacomo Bono
Associate Professor
Psychology Department
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences


Ph.D.Claremont Graduate University2003
M.A.Claremont Graduate University1999
B.A.University of California, Santa Cruz1995
A.A.Cypress College1992


Research Interests:
Applied Psychology, Psychology and Law, Cognitive Psychology, Social-Cognition

My general research focus is on how qualities of social relationships contribute to mental health, quality of life, and social development. As director of the Youth Gratitude Project (a research program that has received approx. $2.5 million in grant funding since 2011), my current focus is on creating 2 measures of gratitude for children, examining the development of gratitude, and testing the effects of promoting gratitude and purpose on students through a curriculum targeting preschools and grades 4-12. I am also interested in exploring the topics of positive parenting and other factors related to positive youth development and achievement, such as materialism, intrinsic motivation, quality of social relationships, resilience and grit. Therefore, my research is both basic and applied.


Representative Publications:
Froh, J., & Bono, G. (2015).  Making grateful kids: The science of building character. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press

Bono, G., & Odudu, C. (2016). Promoting the development of gratitude to build character and improve society. In D. Carr (Ed.), Perspectives on gratitude: An interdisciplinary approach (pp. 185-198). London, England: Routledge.

Bono, G., Kraukauer, M., & Froh, J. J. (2015). Appreciating gratitude in practice. In P.A. Linley & S. Joseph (Eds.), Positive psychology in practice (2nd ed, pp. 559-575). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Bono, G., Froh, J. J., & Forrett, R. (2014). Gratitude in school: Benefits to students and schools. In M. Furlong, R. Gilman, and E. S. Heubner (Eds.), Handbook of positive psychology in the schools, 2nd Edition (pp. 67-81). New York, NY: Wiley.

Froh, J. J., Bono, G., Fan, J., Emmons, R. A., Henderson, K., Harris, C., Leggio, H., & Wood, A. (2014). Nice thinking! An educational intervention that teaches children how to think gratefully [Special issue: Theoretical frameworks in school psychology intervention research: Interdisciplinary perspectives and future directions]. School Psychology Review, 43, 132-152.

McCullough, M. E., Tabak, B. A., Luna, L. R., Bono, G., & Berry, J. (2012). Conciliatory gestures facilitate forgiveness and feelings of friendship by making transgressors appear more agreeable. Journal of Personality, 80, 503-536.

Froh, J. J., Fan, J., Emmons, R. A., Bono, G., Huebner, E. S., & Watkins, P. (2011). Measuring Gratitude in youth: Assessing the psychometric properties of adult gratitude scales in children and adolescents. Psychological Assessment, 23, 311-324.

Froh, J. J., Emmons, R. A., Card, N., Bono, G., and Wilson, J. (2011). Materialism can put adolescents in psychological debt: But can gratitude help reduce the cost? Journal of Happiness Studies, 12, 289-302.

Froh, J. J., Bono, G., & Emmons, R. A. (2010). Being grateful is beyond good manners: Gratitude and motivation to contribute to society among early adolescents. Motivation and Emotion, 34, 144-157.

Bono, G., McCullough, M. E., & Root, L. M. (2008). Forgiving, feeling connected to others, and well-being: Two longitudinal studies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 182-195.

PSY 235: Introduction to Research Methods
PSY 331: Psychology of Measurement
PSY 498: Directed Research
PSY 550: Seminar in Developmental Psychology
PSY 495: Seminar Special Topics: Design Your Life


Graduate Committee Advisor
Psychology Club Advisor