Richard Ryan Faculty Biography
Richard M. Ryan, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology & Education at the Australian Catholic University and Research Professor in Psychology at the University of Rochester in New York. Ryan is a clinical psychologist and co-developer of Self-Determination Theory, one of the leading theories of human motivation. With over 300 papers and books in the areas of human motivation, personality, and psychological well-being, Ryan is among the most cited and influential researchers in psychology and social sciences today (1,2). Reflective of Ryan’s influence internationally, he has been recognized as one of the eminent psychologists of the modern era, Post-World War II.(3)
Ryan has lectured in more than 80 universities worldwide, and consulted with numerous organizations, schools, clinics, and health-care initiatives. Recipient of distinguished career awards from multiple societies for his contributions to the field on motivation, personal meaning, and self and identity, Ryan is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and an Honorary Member of the German Psychological Society (DGP). He has held numerous editorial posts, including having been Editor-in-Chief of Motivation & Emotion. He has also been a James McKeen Cattell and Leverhulme Fellow, and a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, the University of Bath, UK, and the Max Planck Institute, Berlin.
1. Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science h-index indicator for Richard M. Ryan. Retrieved July 2015.
2. ScienceWatch. August 2010. “Richard M. Ryan on the many applications of self-determination theory.”
3. Diner, E., Oishi, S., & Parker, J. (2014). An incomplete list of eminent psychologists of the modern era. Archives of Scientific Psychology, 2, 20-32.