Ed Diener, Ph.D., is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology (Emeritus) at the University of Illinois, where he has been a faculty member since 1974. He is currently a professor of psychology at the University of Utah and the University of Virginia.
Since joining Gallup as a Senior Scientist in 1999, Dr. Diener has advised Gallup on research in psychological well-being. His current research focuses on the theories and measurement of well-being; temperament and personality influences on well-being; income and well-being; cultural influences on well-being; and how employee well-being enhances organizational performance.
Dr. Diener has received several prestigious scholarly awards. He received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association and the William James Fellow Award for outstanding contributions to scientific psychology from the Association of Psychological Science. He also was awarded the Distinguished Quality-of-Life Researcher Award from the International Society of Quality-of-Life Studies.
Dr. Diener's work has appeared in more than 330 publications; about 250 of these focus on the psychology of well-being. His work has appeared in journals such as Psychological Science, American Psychologist, and Psychological Inquiry, among many others. Dr. Diener was the editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and is the founding editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies and Perspectives on Psychological Science. Dr. Diener has co-edited three books on subjective well-being: Well-Being: The Foundations of Hedonic Psychology, Advances in Quality of Life Theory and Research and Culture and Subjective Well-Being. He co-edited the Handbook of Multimethod Measurement in Psychology. Dr. Diener wrote a popular book, Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth, with his son, Robert Biswas-Diener, and he is the coauthor of Well-Being for Public Policy.
Dr. Diener is past president of three scientific societies: the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, the International Positive Psychology Association and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He is a fellow of several professional societies, including the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Dr. Diener earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Fresno and his doctorate in personality psychology from the University of Washington. He has more than 90,000 citations to his credit. Dr. Diener has also received several teaching awards.
- Dr. Diener's Web site: http://www.psychology.illinois.edu/people/ediener