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 people interested in cultivating well-being. In my latest book, The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self - not just your good self - drives success and fulfillment (Hudson Street Press) with Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, we offer a potent message driven by the latest science: acknowledge your negative emotions and impulses and use them judiciously and you will not just be be more successful and develop healthier relationships, you will be a better person.

I regularly give keynotes and workshops to business executives, organizations, schools, parents, retirees, 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, TEDx speaker, and have years of experience using 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 7-year old daughters, with plans to rapidly populate the world with great conversationalists. I say the things other people want to but are afraid to.

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
Office Phone: (703) 993-9486
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