Santa Clara University

Joe Manns, Class of 1998

Assistant Professor, Emory University

After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Dr. Joe Manns attended graduate school at the University of California-San Diego and received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 2002. Currently, Dr. Manns works as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Emory University. In 2004, he married Sabrina Manns, another SCU alumni, at the Mission Church. In 2011, they welcomed their first child, son, Booker Manns.

During his time at SCU, Dr. Manns had close interactions with the faculty, including time in the classroom, lab courses, and in research projects. He considers these relationships to be the most valuable part of his undergraduate career. As an undergraduate, Dr. Manns had aimed to become a professor. He states that at the age of 22, it was easier for him to picture himself as a future professor than to picture himself as a future father. However, now that he is both, he loves the way that each intersects and gives him a reason to get out of bed each morning.

Dr. Manns' only piece of advice for current students is powerfully succinct: "Be earnest."