Awarded the 2013 Distinguished Early Career Researcher Award by the American Psychological Association, Todd Kashdan is among the world’s top experts on the psychology of well-being, psychological strengths, mental agility, and social relationships. His research has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including multiple articles in Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes.
As a Professor of Psychology, Todd translates state-of-the-art science into practical applications to improve our everyday lives. He is well-known for his energetic and disarming communication style. He received the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award at George Mason University for his teaching and mentoring. He gave a TEDx talk on psychological flexibility and more than four million readers enjoy his Psychology Today blog and Provoked Newsletter.
Todd authored five books, including Curious?, The Upside of Your Darkside, and Designing Positive Psychology. In his latest, The Art of Insubordination, Todd synthesizes decades of psychological research to show how we can design groups and society to be smarter, wiser, and mentally liberating. He teaches us how to be courageous enough to question the status quo and instills in us the intelligence to know when and how.
After receiving a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (2004), Todd founded the Well-Being Lab at George Mason University which has produced over 210 peer-reviewed journal articles on well-being and resilience, psychological flexibility, meaning and purpose in life, curiosity, and managing social anxiety.
Todd works out relentlessly for the freedom to consume copious amounts of steak, whiskey, and Italian rainbow square cookies. He is a twin, and the father of twins (plus one more), with plans to populate the world with great conversationalists.