Molly Weeks

Molly Weeks

Research Scientist


My research focuses on social development in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood with a particular focus on the college years. I am interested in how people think about their relationships and how people's views of relationships contribute to (or detract from) emotional well-being.  I currently serve as the project director for the Resilience Project - a longitudinal study that aims to identify and understand the factors that contribute to the development of healthy and fulfilling lives for young people in college and beyond, with the goal of informing practices and interventions to support resilience and well-being for all students.  The Resilience Project is a collaborative research project across four campuses (Davidson College, Duke University, Furman University, and Johnson C. Smith University), supported by The Duke Endowment.

Ph.D., Duke University, 2013
M.A., Duke University, 2010
B.A., North Carolina State University, 2006

Vanhalst, J., et al. “Why do the chronically lonely stay lonely? Chronically lonely children and adolescents attributions and emotions in situations of social inclusion and exclusion.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 109, American Psychological Association, Nov. 2015, pp. 932–48.

Asher, S. R., and M. S. Weeks. “Loneliness and belongingness in the college years.” Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Solitude: Psychological Perspectives on Social Isolation, Social Withdrawal, and Being Alone, edited by R. J. Coplan and J. C. Bowker, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, pp. 283–301.

Weeks, M. S., and S. R. Asher. “Loneliness in childhood: Toward the next generation of assessment and research.” Advances in Child Development and Behavior, edited by J. B. Benson, vol. 42, Academic Press, 2012, pp. 1–39.

MacEvoy, J. P., et al. “Loneliness.” Encyclopedia of Adolescence, vol. 2, Academic Press, 2011, pp. 178–87.

Selected Grants

Student Resilience awarded by Duke Endowment (Project Manager). 2013 to 2017