The American Psychological Association (APA) has selected Todd Kashdan, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and senior scientist at the Center for Consciousness and Transformation, to receive the 2013 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of individual differences. Dr. Kashdan shares the award with Kristopher J. Preacher, PhD, of Vanderbilt University.
This award honors career scientists for contributions made in the first nine years after receiving their doctoral degree, in one of five areas of study. Professor Kashdan’s area of expertise, individual differences, looks at how individuals vary in personality, intelligence, memory, and even physical factors.
Specifically, Kashdan adds, “My research has advanced our understanding of why people suffer, with an emphasis on social anxiety and other emotional difficulties, and what is the nature of well-being, with an emphasis on how people think, feel, and behave in response to daily, naturalistic events.”
Kashadan said that receiving the award was “humbling,” and notes that it is “a validation of the network of students and faculty I’ve worked with. It’s tremendous.”
Kashdan will receive his award at the APA Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, in July.