Dr. Ed Diener, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, the University of Utah, and Senior Scientist for the Gallup Organization is one of the most eminent and highly cited research psychologists in the world. He has over 390 publications and a citation count of over 186,000. Diener was the president of three scientific societies, the editor of three scientific journals, and received major awards in psychology such as the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Awards from the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, as well as honorary doctorates. He was also an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Diener explored both the individual and societal factors that influence people’s life satisfaction and happiness, including income, upbringing, taxation policies, clean air, and income safety-net programs. He was a leader in the movement to use well-being metrics to help guide public policy.
Ed passed away on April 27th, 2021. His life’s work will live on at Thrive through our well-being offerings and the ENHANCE program.