Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University
Dr. Todd B. Kashdan is Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. His research has advanced our understanding of why people suffer, with an emphasis on social anxiety and other emotional difficulties, and what is the nature of well-being, with an emphasis on the critical role of curiosity, meaning and purpose in life, and psychological flexibility to living a well-lived life. This work has
been published in over 150 scholarly scientific articles and he has edited two books, Designing Positive Psychology(2011, Oxford University Press) and
Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology (2013, New Harbinger). These contributions have been recognized through distinguished career awards fr
om the American Psychological Association (2013), International Society for the Quality of Life (2012), the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2006), and he was listed as one of “58 people who have changed our lives” by Psychologies Magazine (2011). To advance the public understanding of science, he has written two trade books, Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (2009, Harper Collins) and
The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self not just your “good” self – drives success and fulfillment (2014, Hudson Street Press). He has also given a TEDx talk on psychological flexibility (2012), writes regularly for Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, CNN, and American Express, and gives keynotes and workshops to organizations as diverse as the Gap, BBDO, Hormel, General Mills, Gensler, Standard Chartered Bank, QBE , the Marines and Air Force. For over 15 years, he has been teaching college courses on the science of happiness, personality, and psychopathology. His research has been featured in
The New York Times and Washington Post, USA Today and CNN, and via invited appearances on the BBC, PBS, and National Public Radio, among other media outlets. He’s a twin and has twin 7-year old daughters, with plans to rapidly populate the world with great conversationalists.