Kennon M. Sheldon, Ph.D.

Curator's Professor, Psychological Sciences

I study motivation, goals, and well-being, drawing from both self-determination theory and positive psychology perspectives. Prominent research questions include “Can happiness go up, and then stay up?”, “Can people be helped to pick life-goals that better express their developmental potentials?”, and “how can the concept of personal agency be reconciled with the concept of a deterministic universe?