Clinical Psychology: Anxiety, positive emotions, purpose in life, how personal strengths operate in everyday life, social relationships, and how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life.
Dr. Todd B. Kashdan's broad mission is to increase the amount of well-being in this world. He uses cutting edge science to help people function optimally in life and business. He is Associate Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist at the Center for Consciousness and Transformation at George Mason University. He received the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year. Dr. Kashdan regularly leads keynotes and workshops to business executives, coaches, health professionals, schools, parents, retirees, government and other organizations.
He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and authored Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (William Morrow) to promote the science of well-being for a general audience, Designing Positive Psychology (Oxford University Press) to provide a comprehensive volume on innovative theories and research on well-being, and is working on his third book, Creating Well-Being: Treatment Innovations in Positive Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Beyond (New Harbinger Publications) to give concrete advice to leaders and health professionals. As a psychologist trained in cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches, he is in a unique position to help people transform their lives. To date, his research has mostly focused on anxiety, positive emotions, purpose in life, how personal strengths operate in everyday life, social relationships, and how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life. For over 10 years, he has been teaching college courses on the science of happiness. Dr. Kashdan is a frequent radio, television, and print media contributor on how people and organizations can thrive, this includes feature articles in the New York Times Magazine and The Washington Post, and regular appearances on National Public Radio. He is also a contributing blogger to outlets such as The Huffington Post and Psychology Today.
Behavioral observation study of emotion regulation in romantic couples; purpose in life as a naturalistic intervention for people with social anxiety disorder; emotion differentiation as resilience to alcohol abuse, aggression, and other maladaptive coping strategies
Kashdan, T.B., & Rottenberg, J. (2010). Psychological flexibility as a fundamental aspect of health. Clinical Psychology Review
Kashdan, T.B., & McKnight, P.E. (2010). The darker side of social anxiety: When aggressive impulsivity prevails over shy inhibition. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 47-50.
Kashdan, T.B., Breen, W.E., & Julian, T. (2010). Everyday strivings in combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: Problems arise when avoidance and emotion regulation dominate. Behavior Therapy, 41, 350-363.
For the past 10 years, he has been teaching college courses on the science of well-being. He taught one of the first courses on this topic in the country. He also teaches abnormal psychology for undergraduates and psychopathology for clinical psychology PhD students.
Kashdan, T.B. (2010, August). Three ideas on the meaningful life. Keynote at the Meaning Conference 2010, Vancouver, Canada.
Kashdan, T.B., Breen, W.E., Terhar, D., & Adams, L. (2009, November). Delving into the sex lives of people with elevated social anxiety: Sexual history and experience-sampling approaches. In L. Alden (Chair), Social anxiety disorder and the approach system: Exploring the positive. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.
Kashdan, T.B., Zorbas, P., Collins, R.L., & Muraven, M. (2009, November). Being better at describing and differentiating emotions as resilience to alcohol use and abuse: An ecological momentary assessment in underage social drinkers. In D.M. Fresco (Chair), Reactivity: Toward a greater understanding of this universal process in relation to vulnerability and treatment durability. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.
His research has been featured in several popular media outlets including a feature article in the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, CBS, PBS, and National Public Radio, among others.
The New York Times- "The Benefits of Blowing Your Top" (July 5, 2010)
The New York Times- "Maybe Bullies Just Want to Be Loved" (May 21, 2010)
The Washington Post- cover story, "Journeys of Discovery: People driving fascinating research" (November 1, 2009)