Dr. Christine B. Whelan is an author, professor and speaker. She is the author of The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life (Templeton Press, 2016), Generation WTF: From “What the &%#$?” to a Wise, Tenacious and Fearless You (Templeton Press, 2011), Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women (Simon & Schuster, 2006).

Dr. Whelan is a clinical professor in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and director of MORE: Money, Relationships and Equality. She earned a masters and doctorate from the University of Oxford and has held teaching positions at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Iowa and Princeton University. She has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other national outlets. She has appeared live on television programs and radio programs across the nation.

Dr. Whelan is a nationally recognized thought leader, helping groups like ThinkShift, AARP’s Life Reimagined, Jackson National, Hackensack-Meridian Health and others on purpose-focused approaches to health, finances and self-improvement strategies for life’s transitions. She is on the board of SEEK Safely, and an outspoken advocate for the dissemination of research-based advice.

Dr. Whelan graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Princetonian and was awarded the Daniel M. Sachs Scholarship to attend Worcester College at the University of Oxford. She and her family live and work in Madison, Wisconsin.



Christine comes by it honestly… she was born to study and write about social trends. Her parents announced her birth as the answer to the questions her mother, Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, had posed in her two bestselling books: A Baby…Maybe? and Boy or Girl? Indeed, when Christine was born, even Newsweek magazine took notice.

And by the age of eight, Christine was already a media “star.” She hosted a nationally syndicated radio show called “No Kidding,” a health talk show for kids, by kids. Feel free to tease her about these facts when you meet her.