Assistant Professor of Psychology
Rutgers University – Newark
Samantha Heintzelman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. Prior to this she received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Virginia. Dr. Heintzelman’s primary research focuses on the experience of meaning in life for average people in everyday life. In this work she is addressing questions regarding the function, structure, antecedents, and consequences of this subjective experience. In focusing on the role of coherence, she has found that life feels more meaningful when experiences make sense and has developed theoretical work arguing that feelings of meaning provide information to facilitate contextually appropriate actions. Furthermore, her work suggests that meaning in life is a common experience linked to intuitive cognitive processes and related to stable behavioral routines.