About Todd Kashdan

Professor, Psychologist, Public Speaker, Family Man

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

Since receiving a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (2004), I have published over 175 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 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 a central figure in the scientific study of well-being, I authored Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (Harper Collins), to provide cutting edge research on how to achieve a well-lived life. In 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), we offer 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 10-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 and organizations.

Email: tkashdan@gmu.edu
Fax Number: (703) 993-1359
For details on public speaking and research, DOWNLOAD my Curriculum Vitae
Website for The Well-Being Laboratory

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 workshops and keynotes for business organizations, government, professional communities, continuing education for various disciplines, 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 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.



In my Well-Being Laboratory, we conduct research to better understand strength use and development, social relationships, optimal performance, happiness, meaning and purpose in life, resilience, emotions and their regulation, and stress with a focus on how to apply this knowledge to better people's lives.