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Kennon M. Sheldon

Kennon M. Sheldon, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Missouri–Columbia

e-mail: SheldonK[at]

RESEARCH INTERESTS: positive psychology, goal-striving, self-concordance model, development, need-satisfaction, well-being.

TEACHING: Professor Sheldon teaches Social Psychology at University of Missouri–Columbia undergraduate psychology program.



B.S., Duke University, Psychology, 1981
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Social/Personality Psychology, 1992

Motivation Lab – This is Todd’s blog over at the Psychology Today website
Faculty page – Todd’s yellow new home on the web (second only to his twitter residence)

(no where to be found)

Sheldon, K. M., Kashdan, T. B., & Steger, M. F. (forthcoming, 2010) (Eds.). Designing the future of positive psychology: Taking stock and moving forward. Oxford University Press.
Chirkov, V., Ryan, R. M., & Sheldon, K. M. (Eds) (in press). Personal autonomy in cultural contexts: Global perspectives on the psychology of agency, freedom, and people’s well-being. Springer.
Sheldon, K. M. (Ed., 2009). Current Directions in Psychological Science: Reader in Motivation and Emotion. Pearson.
Sheldon, K. M. (2004). Optimal human being: An integrated multi-level perspective. New Jersey: Erlbaum.
Sheldon, K. M., Joiner, T., & Williams, G. (2003). Self-Determination Theory in the Clinic: Motivating physical and mental health. Yale University Press.
Schmuck, P. & Sheldon, K.M. (Eds) (2001). Life goals and well-being: Towards a positive psychology of human striving. Seattle, Toronto, Bern, Goettingen: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.

Sheldon, K. M., & King, L. K. (2001, March). Why positive psychology is necessary. American Psychologist, 56, 216-217.


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