Corey Lee M. Keyes


Office: 203 Tarbutton Hall

Phone: 404-727-7894

Fax: 404-727-7532



  • PhD in Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995
  • MA in Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991
  • BA in Psychology and Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1988


My areas of expertise include social psychology and mental health. My research centers on illuminating the “two continua” model of health and illness, showing how the absence of mental illness does not translate into the presence of mental health, and revealing that the causes of true health are often distinct processes from those now understood as the risks for mental illness. This work is being applied to better understanding resilience, prevention of mental illness, and informs the growing healthcare approach called “Predictive Health,” which monitors the presence of positive physical and mental health and to develop and apply responses to correct early losses of it to maintain health and limit disease and illness. I have and continue to work on healthcare transformation and public mental health with governmental agencies in Canada, Northern Ireland, Australia, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the American Association of Colleges and Universities.


Keyes, Corey L. M. and Eduardo J, Simoes. 2012. “To Flourish or Not: Level of Positive Mental Health Predicts Ten-Year All-Cause Mortality.” American Journal of Public Health. 102(11): 2164–2172.

Keyes, Corey L. M. 2007. “Promoting and Protecting Mental Health as Flourishing: A Complementary Strategy for Improving National Mental Health.” American Psychologist. 62: 95-108.

Keyes, Corey L. M. 2002. “The Mental Health Continuum:  From Languishing to Flourishing in Life.”  Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 43: 207-222.