Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.Q&A Recording

Hear Heidi Grant Halvorson and Ben Dean for an unscripted, one hour Q&A on her new course. Hear Heidi talk about the class, answer Ben's questions, and field questions from everyone on the call.

Q&A: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 * 8:00-8:59 pm Eastern

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Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D., is someone to watch. She is a rising star as a motivational psychologist and as a writer.

Her most recent book Succeed: How We Can All Reach Our Goals (Penguin-imprint Hudson Street Press, 2010) has received terrific reviews.

She is an Expert Blogger for Fast Company, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, as well as a regular contributor to the BBC World Service's Business Daily, the Harvard Business Review, and SmartBrief's SmartBlog on Leadership. Her writing has also been featured on CNN Living and Mamapedia.

The Psychology of GoalsIn addition to her work as author and co-editor of the highly-regarded academic book The Psychology of Goals (Guilford, 2009), she has authored papers in her field's most prestigious journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, European Journal of Social Psychology, and Judgment and Decision Making.

She has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation for her research on goals and achievement. Her work has been praised by Carol Dweck and Matthew Kelly, among many others.

She received her B.A. in psychology, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned her doctorate at Columbia University, specializing in goal pursuit and motivation. Her research has focused on understanding how people respond to setbacks and challenges, and how these responses are shaped by the kinds of goals they pursue. She has published papers on topics ranging from achievement and self-regulation, to person perception, persuasion, and well-being.

The toughest challenge she has successfully met was leaving behind a career in academia to become a full-time writer and speaker. She says, "It was a terrifying leap into the unknown for me, and I had never taken a risk like that before. But I couldn't be happier with that decision."

She has gone from someone who spends most of her time conducting research to one who spends all of her time talking and writing about it, and trying to help people understand how they can use the science of
motivation in their own lives.

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