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About Todd Kashdan

Professor, Psychologist, Public Speaker

My life is devoted to understanding how people can improve the quality of their lives and aiding them. I use cutting edge science to help people function optimally in life and business.

Since receiving a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (2004), I published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles on how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life, resilience, strength use and development, stress and anxiety, mindfulness, gratitude, social relationships, and self-regulation. These contributions have been recognized by the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology (2013) and Distinguished Research Fellow Award from the International Society for the Quality of Life (2012).

As an early figure in positive psychology, I authored Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (Harper Collins), synthesizing research for the general public on how to achieve a well-lived life. My latest best-selling book with Robert Biswas-Diener, The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self – not just your good self – drives success and fulfillment (Hudson Street Press), offers a message driven by the latest science: emotional and social agility trumps positivity.

I am a scientific advisor for Time, Inc., National Geographic, and Merck. I offer keynotes and workshops to organizations as diverse as the United States Department of Defense, the World Bank, Hormel, General Mills, Gensler, the Gap, and Standard Chartered Bank. My research has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including multiple articles in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, and Washington Post. What is unique about me is that I am a clinical psychologist, professor, well-being researcher, author, and TEDx speaker, who uses science to improve the lives of people and the quality of organizations.

I’m a twin with twin 13-year old daughters (and an 8-year old daughter) with plans to rapidly populate the world with great conversationalists.

Contact me to craft a keynote or workshop that meets your needs. The science is interesting and entertaining but audiences walk away with concrete skills to improve the quality of their lives and organizations.

Email: kashdan[at]
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