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Professor Richard RYAN

Richard M. Ryan is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Education at the University of Rochester. He is a co-founder of the Self-Determination Theory, and has published well over 200 scholarly articles and chapters in the areas of human motivation, personality development, and applied psychology. He has also published two books with Edward L. Deci: Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior (1985) and the Handbook of Self-Determination Research (2002).

In addition to basic research on motivational processes, Ryan studies health psychology, sport and exercise, education, organizations and psychotherapy. He is an award winning educator and researcher, and has given addresses in over 50 universities around the globe. His current research interests include: the acquisition and impact of materialism and other extrinsic goals; facilitation versus undermining of intrinsic motivation and self-determination; the determinants of vitality and energy; mindfulness; and the sources of within-person variability in attachment, well-being, and life satisfaction.

Ryan is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, an award-winning teacher, Editor-in-Chief of the psychological journal Motivation & Emotion, and a two-time winner of the Phi Delta Kappa award for research contribution in education. He has been a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Development and Education in Berlin, Germany, a James McKeen Cattell fellow, and a recipient of numerous grants. A former director of clinical training in psychology at the University of Rochester, he is also a psychotherapist and a trainer of therapists and counsellors.