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Robert Biswas-Diener, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is widely known as the “Indiana Jones of Psychology” because his research on social psychology has taken him to such far-flung places as Greenland, India, Kenya, and Israel. He has conducted studies with the Amish, Maasai tribal people, sex workers, seal hunters living near the North Pole and a variety of other groups traditionally overlooked by psychologists. Dr. Biswas-Diener is a leading authority on strengths, culture, courage, and happiness and has published dozens of scholarly articles on these topics. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Journal of Happiness Studies.

Dr. Biswas-Diener is also the foremost authority on positive psychology coaching and has consulted with a wide range of international organizations on performance management and leadership development. He is Managing Director of Positive Acorn, a Portland-based consultancy with programs in coaching, positive education, and strengths-based management. Each year Dr. Biswas-Diener trains thousands of professionals in a dozen countries to use positive psychology in their work.

Dr. Biswas-Diener's recent interest has focused on the concept of courage and how it can be learned. He is particularly fascinated by applying courage to everyday social situations. He is author of The Courage Quotient. He is afraid of quicksand but not of great social interactions.