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Todd Kashdan

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

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Expertise: Science of Happiness, Relationships, Strengths, Social Anxiety, Curiosity, Mindfulness, Emotions, Personality

Dr. Kashdan is the author of the book, "Curious?" (Harper Collins 2009). He has published more than 80 original publications in peer-reviewed journals or edited volumes that mostly focus on anxiety disorders, self-regulation, positive emotions, how personal strengths operate in everyday life, interpersonal relationships, and the assessment and cultivation of well-being, curiosity, gratitude, and meaning and purpose in life. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Health, Veterans Integrated Service Network, Anxiety Disorder Association of America, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and the Positive Psychology Network.

He has been active in the positive psychology movement since 2000, when he taught one of the first college courses on the science of happiness. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Therapy, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Research in Personality, and Self and Identity. He is on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology in the United Kingdom.

His research has been featured in several popular media outlets including a feature article in the New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Tavis Smiley Show, Oprah Magazine, Montel Williams Radio Show, Reader’s Digest, Psychology Today, Prevention Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Parenting Magazine, Talking with America, and Green America Radio,,, and The Guardian among others.

Listen to Dr. Kashdan on NPR's Kojo Nnamdi show.


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