kashdan2ciarrochiOn May 17, 2013, we had a riveting Q&A Interview with internationally renowned psychologists, Todd Kashdan, PhD, and Joseph Ciarrochi, PhD about their extraordinary new book,Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being.

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Todd Kashdan is Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 2004 in clinical psychology, he has published 120+ peer reviewed journal articles on how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life, strength use and development, stress and anxiety, mindfulness, gratitude, social relationships, and self-regulation. These contributions have been recognized through early career awards from the American Psychological Association (2013), International Society for the Quality of Life (2012), and Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2006).

He authored Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (Harper Collins) and co-edited Designing Positive Psychology (Oxford University Press) to provide cutting edge research on how to achieve a well-lived life. His latest book with Joseph Ciarrochi is Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology.

His research has been featured in the New York Times and The Washington Post, among other media. Todd is a twin, has twin 6-year old daughters, identical twin nieces, and he remains terrified that every woman in his family will be a piñata stuffed with children at any moment.


Dr. Joseph V. Ciarrochi (chair-ROW-key) is Professor of Psychology at the University of Western Sydney and an active researcher with numerous national competitive grants. His research and workshops focuses on understanding and developing resilience, the individual characteristics that help people to deal flexibly with setbacks and lead a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life.

Joe has published 80 scientific papers, six books, and many book chapters and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and leading universities around the world. He has been honored with over a million dollars in research funding and a prestigious Future Fellowship. His work has been discussed in magazines, newspaper articles, and radio.

Joe is a talented and inspiring teacher and trainer whose excellent sense of humor ensures that his presentations are not only practical but also fun.

His books and papers on emotional intelligence (EI) are among the most highly cited works in the EI area. He is also a leader in the area of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. With Todd Kashdan, Joe has just published Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology. His books have been published in six languages and include A CBT practitioner’s Guide to ACT: How to Bridge the Gap Between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens–A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life; Applying Emotional Intelligence: A Practitioner’s Guide; and Emotional intelligence in Everyday life: A Scientific Inquiry. Next year, Penguin will publish Joe’s latest book, The Weight Escape.

Joe has been heavily involved in the development of mindfulness-based protocols that promote social, emotional, and physical well-being. He is also the chief editor of the Journal for Contextual Behavioral Science–a journal that provides a bridge between basic and applied researchers and helps practitioners in all areas to improve their intervention skills. And he is the president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, a worldwide online learning and research community devoted to improving the human condition.


Todd and Joe are extraordinarily productive both separately and together. Their new book has been widely acclaimed. But their work is almost entirely virtual with Todd in the US and Joe in Australia. Here they are a few weeks ago during a quick in-person visit at Washington Dulles International Airport while Joe was passing through during a US lecture tour.

About Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being

Advance Praise for Mindfulness, Acceptance and Positive Psychology

“The hallmark of our evolutionary flourishing is collaboration, and this brilliant book is a stunning example of its power. Kashdan and Ciarrochi have taken two of the most influential fields of study of our time-acceptance and commitment therapy and positive psychology-and have initiated a dialogue that both clarifies and deepens the discoveries that have emerged independently in each.”

-Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

Unifying two important fields–Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy–Kashdan and Ciarrochi’s volume contains multiple gems of contributions from the preeminent figures in psychology. Whether you are an expert or a novice, a student or a practitioner, you will learn a great deal from this book.

-Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness

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