About Todd Kashdan

Professor, Psychologist, Public Speaker, Family Man

My life is devoted to increasing the amount of well-being in this world. I use cutting edge science to help people function optimally in life and business.

Since receiving my Ph.D. in 2004 in clinical psychology, I have published over 150 peer reviewed journal articles on how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life, strength use and development, stress and anxiety, mindfulness, gratitude, social relationships, and self-regulation. These contributions have been recognized through the receipt of early career awards from the American Psychological Association (2013), International Society for the Quality of Life (2012), and Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2006).

As a central figure in positive psychology, I authored Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (Harper Collins), Designing Positive Psychology (Oxford University Press) to provide cutting edge research on how to achieve a well-lived life, and Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology to offer best practice for those interested in cultivating well-being. In my latest 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), we offer a potent message driven by the latest science: emotional and social agility trumps positivity.

I regularly give keynotes and workshops to business executives, organizations, schools, parents, and health professionals on these topics and others. What is unique about me is that I am a clinical psychologist, professor, well-being researcher, author, and TEDx speaker, who uses this science to improve the lives of people and the quality of organizations.

My research has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, BBC, CNN, CBS, PBS, and National Public Radio, among others. I'm a twin, have twin 8-year old daughters, 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 most importantly, my audiences walk away with concrete skills to improve the quality of their lives, organizations, or both.

Email: tkashdan@gmu.edu
Fax Number: (703) 993-1359
For details on public speaking and research, DOWNLOAD my Curriculum Vitae
Website for Laboratory for the Study of Social Anxiety, Character Strengths, and Related Phenomena

Buy Dr. Kashdan's Books

The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self - not just your good self - drives success and fulfillment

Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being

Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward (Series in Positive Psychology)

Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life


I offer a wide range of workshops and keynotes for business organizations, government, professional communities, continuing education for various disciplines, parenting groups, and the general public. With cutting-edge knowledge and humor, I offer practical suggestions for how people and organizations can flourish.



My books Curious? and The Upside of Your Dark Side offer the profound new message that the greatest opportunities for joy and personal growth do not happen when searching for happiness, certainty, or safety. When we acknowledge negative emotions and impulses, and use them wisely, and are open to new experiences, we attain greater success and become a better person.



I conduct research to better understand well-being, strength use and development, mindfulness, social relationships, optimal functioning, and stress and anxiety with a focus on how to apply this knowledge to better people's lives.