1988–1994 University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
Ph.D. in Psychology.
1984–1988 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
B.A. in Psychology with Honors and Summa Cum Laude.
1995-present Associate (previously Assistant) Professor,
Knox College. Teaching five courses per year, supervising undergraduate research, and conducting research on values, goals, quality of life, and other topics.
1994–1995 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Montana State University. Taught three courses per semester, supervised undergraduate research, and advised students.
1993 Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Rochester, Human Motivation Program. Formulated and conducted studies of values, goals, and well–being.
1989–1993 Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester Longitudinal Study. Managed data and interviewed late adolescents for longitudinal study of personality, social and cognitive development.
1990–1992 Instructor, Consortium of the Niagara Frontier, Attica Maximum Security and Wyoming Medium Security Correctional Facilities. Taught four college–level courses to prisoners.
1987–1988 Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University – Vanderbilt Weight Management Program. Responsible for data management, subject recruitment, and co–leading groups for weight loss studies.
2003 Distinguished Research Fellow for “Substantial Research Contributing to a Better Understanding of Quality of Life Issues” from the International Society for Quality of Life Studies.
2002 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book of 2002 for The High Price of Materialism, American Library Association.
2000 Philip Green Wright/Lombard College Prize for distinguished teaching by an untenured member of the Knox College faculty.
1988 Jum C. Nunnaly Undergraduate Research Award for outstanding Senior Honors Project, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University.
2001 Primary Investigator of Positive Psychology Network Grant: “What Makes for a Merry Christmas?” Total Direct Costs: $2,000 for one year.
2000 Co-investigator National Institute of Mental Health Grant: “Risk and Protective Factors in Adulthood” (Arnold Sameroff, Primary Investigator). Total Direct Costs: $512,000 for five years.
2000 Co-principal investigator Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Grant: “Psychological and Ecological Well-being: The Role of Values and Lifestyle” (Kirk Warren Brown, co-Principal Investigator). Total Direct Costs: $2000 for one year.
1999 Co-investigator Russell Sage Foundation Grant: “Why Do We Buy?: Examining the Motivational and Hedonic Underpinnings of Consumption” (Kirk Warren Brown, Primary Investigator). Total Direct Costs: $4450 for one year.
1997-1999 Co-recipient of three Grass Foundation Grants: “Building a Neurophysiological Laboratory” (Heather Hoffmann, co-recipient). Total Direct Costs: $16,750.
Editorial Board positions:
2006 - present Associate Editor - Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences. 2004 – present Consulting editor - Psychological Inquiry 1999 – 2004 Consulting editor - Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences.
Kasser, T. (2005). Az anyagiassag sulyos ara. Budapest, Hungary: Ursus Libris. (Hungarian
translation of The high price of materialism).
Kasser, T., & Kanner, A. D. (Eds.) (2004). Psychology and consumer culture: The struggle for a
good life in a materialistic world. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
Kasser, T. (2002). The high price of materialism. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Research Articles, Book Chapters, & Essays:
Brown, K. W., & Kasser, T. (in press). Are psychological and ecological well-being compatible?
The role of values, mindfulness, and lifestyle. Social Indicators Research.
Grouzet, F. M. E., Kasser, T., Ahuvia, A., Fernandex-Dols, J. M., Kim, Y., Lau, S., Ryan, R.
M., Saunders, S., Schmuck, P., & Sheldon, K. M. (in press). The structure of goal
contents across 15 cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Kasser, T. (in press). Materialism and its alternatives. In M. Csikszentmihalyi (Ed.), A life
worth living: Contributions to positive psychology. Oxford University Press.
Sheldon, K. M., Houser-Marko, L., & Kasser, T. (in press). Does autonomy increase with age?
Comparing the goal motivations of college students and their parents. Journal of Research in
Curry, N. A., & Kasser, T. (2005). Can coloring mandalas reduce anxiety? Art Therapy, 22,
Engle, Y., & Kasser, T. (2005). Why do adolescent girls idolize male celebrities? Journal of
Adolescent Research, 20, 263-283.
Kasser, T. (2005). Frugality, generosity, and materialism in children and adolescents. In K. A.
Moore & L. H. Lippman (Eds.) What do children need to flourish?: Conceptualizing and
measuring indicators of positive development (pp. 357-373). New York: Springer Science.
Kasser, T. (2005). Personal aspirations, the “good life,” and the law. Deakin Law Review. 10,
Sheldon, K. M., Kasser, T., Houser-Marko, L., Jones, T., & Turban, D. (2005). Doing one’s duty:
Chronological age, felt autonomy and subjective well-being. European Journal of Personality, 19,
Arndt, J., Solomon, S., Kasser, T., & Sheldon, K. M. (2004a). The urge to splurge: A terror-
management account of materialism and consumer behavior. Journal of Consumer
Psychology, 14, 198-212.
Arndt, J., Solomon, S., Kasser, T., & Sheldon, K. M. (2004b). The urge to splurge revisited:
Further reflections on applying terror-management theory to materialism and consumer
behavior. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 14, 225-229.
Kasser, T. (2004). The good life or the goods life? Positive psychology and personal well-being in the
culture of consumption. In P. A. Linley & S. Joseph (Eds.), Positive psychology in practice (pp.
55-67). New York: Wiley.
Kasser, T., & Kanner, A. D. (2004). Where is the psychology of consumer culture? In T.
Kasser & A. D. Kanner (Eds.), Psychology and consumer culture: The struggle for a good
life in a materialistic world (pp. 3-7). Washington DC: American Psychological
Kasser, T., Ryan, R. M., Couchman, C. E., & Sheldon, K. M. (2004). Materialistic values:
Their causes and consequences. In T. Kasser & A. D. Kanner (Eds.), Psychology and
consumer culture: The struggle for a good life in a materialistic world (pp. 11-28).
Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
Kasser, T., & Sheldon, K. M. (2004). Non-becoming, alienated becoming, and authentic
becoming: A goal-based approach. In J. Greenberg, S. L. Koole, & T. Pyszczynski
(Eds.), Handbook of experimental existential psychology (pp. 480-493). New York:
Sheldon, K. M., Ryan, R. M., Deci, E. L., & Kasser, T. (2004). The independent effects of goal
contents and motives on well-being: It's both what you do and why you do it.
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 475-486.
Kasser, T. (2003). I collect data. APS Observer, 16, 9-10.
Kasser, T., & Brown, K. W. (2003). On time, happiness, and ecological footprints. In J.
DeGraaf (Ed.) Take back your time!: Fighting overwork and time poverty in America
(pp. 107-112). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Kim, Y., Kasser, T., & Lee, H. (2003). Self-concept, aspirations, and well-being in South Korea
and the United States. Journal of SocialPsychology, 143, 277-290.
Kasser, T. (2002). Sketches for a self-determination theory of values. In E. L. Deci & R. M.
Ryan (Eds.) Handbook of self-determination research (pp. 123-140). Rochester, NY:
University of Rochester Press.
Kasser, T., & Ahuvia, A. (2002). Materialistic values and well-being in business students.
European Journal of Social Psychology, 32, 137-146.
Kasser, T., Koestner, R., & Lekes, N. (2002). Early family experiences and adult values: A 26-
year, prospective longitudinal study. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 826-835.
Kasser, T., & Sheldon, K. M. (2002). What makes for a merry Christmas? Journal of Happiness
Studies, 3, 313-329.
Sheldon, K. M., Kasser, T., Smith, K., & Share, T. (2002). Personal goals and psychological
growth: Testing an intervention to enhance goal attainment and personality integration.
Journal of Personality, 70, 5-31.
Kasser, T., & Kasser, V. G. (2001). The dreams of people high and low in materialism. Journal
of Economic Psychology, 22, 693-719.
Kasser, T., & Ryan, R. M. (2001). Be careful what you wish for: Optimal functioning and the relative attainment of intrinsic and extrinsic goals. In P. Schmuck & K. M. Sheldon (Eds.) Life goals and well-being: Towards a positive psychology of human striving (pp. 116-131). Gottingen: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.
Sheldon, K. M., Elliot, A. J., Kim, Y., & Kasser, T. (2001). What is satisfying about satisfying experiences? Testing ten candidate psychological needs. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 325-339.
Sheldon, K. M., & Kasser, T. (2001a). Goals, congruence, and positive well-being: New empirical support for humanistic theories. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 41, 30-50.
Sheldon, K. M., & Kasser, T. (2001b). “Getting older, getting better”: Personal strivings and psychological maturity across the life span. Developmental Psychology, 37, 491-501.
Kasser, T. (2000). Two versions of the American dream: Which goals and values make for a high quality of life? In E. Diener & D. R. Rahtz (Eds.), Advances in quality of life theory and research, Volume 1 (pp. 3-12). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer.
Kasser, T., & Sheldon, K. M. (2000). Of wealth and death: Materialism, mortality salience, and
Lynch, W. C., Everingham, A., Dubitzky, J., Hartman, M., & Kasser, T. J. (2000). Does binge eating play a role in the self-regulation of moods? Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science, 35, 302-317.
Schmuck, P., Kasser, T., & Ryan, R. M. (2000). Intrinsic and extrinsic goals: Their structure and relationship to well-being in German and U.S. college students. Social Indicators Research, 50, 225-241.
Kasser, T., & Sharma, Y. (1999). Reproductive freedom, educational equality, and females’ preference for resource acquisition characteristics in mates. Psychological Science, 10, 374-377.
Kasser, T. (1999). I-D compensation theory and intrinsic/extrinsic goals. Psychological Inquiry,
Oldham, J. D., & Kasser, T. (1999). Attitude change in response to information that male homosexuality has a biological basis. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 25, 121-124.
Sheldon, K. M., & Kasser, T. (1998). Pursuing personal goals: Skills enable progress, but not all progress is beneficial. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 1319-1331.
Deci, E. L., Kasser, T., & Ryan, R. M. (1997). Self-determined teaching: Opportunities and obstacles. In J. Bess (Ed.), Teaching well and liking it: Motivating faculty to teach effectively (pp. 57-71). Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Kasser, T. (1996). Aspirations and well-being in a prison setting. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26, 1367-1377. Kasser, T., & Ryan, R. M. (1996). Further examining the American dream: Differential correlates of intrinsic and extrinsic goals. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 22, 281-288.
Kemph, B. T., & Kasser, T. (1996). Effects of sexual orientation of interviewer on expressed attitudes toward male homosexuality. Journal of Social Psychology, 136, 401-403.
Ryan, R. M., Sheldon, K. M., Kasser, T., & Deci, E. L. (1996). All goals are not created equal: An organismic perspective on the nature of goals and their regulation. In P. M. Gollwitzer & J. A. Bargh (Eds.), The psychology of action: Linking cognition and motivation to behavior (pp. 7-26). New York: Guilford.
Block, R. A., & Kasser, T. (1995). Approaches to the future: The essential 12% of thoughts.
Contemporary Psychology, 40, 650-651.
Kasser, T., Ryan, R. M., Zax, M., & Sameroff, A. J. (1995). The relations of maternal and social environments to late adolescents' materialistic and prosocial aspirations. Developmental Psychology, 31, 907-914.
Sheldon, K. M., & Kasser, T. (1995). Coherence and congruence: Two aspects of personality integration. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 68, 531-543.
Baldwin, A. L., Baldwin, C. P., Kasser, T., Zax, M., Sameroff, A., & Seifer, R. (1993).
Contextual risk and resiliency during late adolescence. Development and
Psychopathology, 5, 741–761.
Kasser, T., & Ryan, R. M. (1993). A dark side of the American dream: Correlates of financial success as a central life aspiration. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65 (2), 410–422.
Ilardi, B. C., Leone, D., Kasser, T., & Ryan, R. M. (1993). Employee and supervisor ratings of motivation: Main effects and discrepancies associated with job satisfaction and adjustment in a factory setting. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 23, 1789–1805.
Kasser, T. (1992). The valuing process: A study of favorite songs and the inner experience of persons diagnosed with schizophrenia. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 22, 51–65.
Kasser, T., Davey, J., & Ryan, R. M. (1992). Motivation and employee–supervisor discrepancies in a psychiatric vocational rehabilitation setting. Rehabilitation Psychology, 37, 175–187.
Schlundt, D. G., Sbrocco, T., Hill, J. O., Pope–Cordle, J., & Kasser, T. (1991). Obesity: A biogenetic or biobehavioral problem? International Journal of Obesity, 14, 815–828.
Schlundt, D. G., Taylor, D., Hill, J. O., Sbrocco, T., Pope-Cordle, J., Kasser, T., & Arnold, D. (1991). A behavioral taxonomy of obese female participants in a weight loss program. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 53, 1151–1158.
Presentations (Abbreviated list): Kasser, T. (2004, May). The need for the need for safety/security. Invited talk at the 2nd International Conference on Self-determination Theory, Ottawa, Canada.
Kasser, T. (2003, October). Scientific support for the compatibility of psychological and ecological well-being. Invited talk to the Center for Humans & Nature, Chicago, IL.
Kasser, T. (2003, March). Psychometric development of brief measures of frugality, generosity, and materialism for use in children and adolescents. Invited talk at the Indicators of Positive Development Conference, Washington, DC.
Kasser, T. (2002, October). Materialism and its alternatives. Invited talk at the 1st International Positive Psychology Conference, Washington, DC. This talk has been given multiple times since then.
Kasser, T. (2002, April). What makes for a Merry Christmas? Invited talk to Social Psychologists Around the Midwest (SPAM), University of Missouri-Columbia.
Kasser, T. (2001, August). An empirical, existential research program on materialistic values. Invited talk at the 1st International Conference on Experimental Existential Psychology, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Kasser, T. (1999, April). Sketches for a self-determination theory of values. Invited address to the Conference on the Motivation and Self-determination of Behavior, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
Kasser, T. (1999, April). A dark side of the American dream: Materialistic values and quality of life. Invited address for the Stone Lecture series in Psychology, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.
Kasser, T. (1998, February). A dark side of the American dream: Materialistic values and well-being. Invited public presentation for the Marquis Lecture and Performance Series, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Kasser, T., Khanna, S., & Lindner, K. (1997, January). R. D. Laing’s Knots: An adaptation for the stage. Presentation at the Caxton Club, Department of English, Knox College, Galesburg, IL.
Kasser, T. (1997, November). Two versions of the American Dream: Which goals and values make for a high quality of life? Invited address to the First Conference of the International Society of Quality of Life Studies, Charlotte, NC.
Kasser, T. (1996, December). Extrinsic goals and insecurity. Invited colloquium given to the
Action Control and Child Development project in the Center for Psychology at the Max
Planck Institute for Human Development and Education, Berlin, Germany.
Popular Press Publications which have written about my research (abbreviated list): New York Times (3 times), Los Angeles Times (2 times), Time, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The International Herald-Tribune, South Africa Sunday Times, The London Independent, The Times of London, The Guardian, Prevention, Utne Reader, Women’s Day, McCalls, Ladies Home Journal, CosmoGirl, Redbook, Psychology Today, Australian Financial Review Magazine, Forbes, Salon.com, E Magazine, Christian Science Journal, The Lancet, Science News, Adbusters, Weekly World News.
Radio Programs on which I have appeared (abbreviated list): National Public Radio in Philadelphia, Madison, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Pacifica Radio, Australian Broadcasting Company (2 times), Canadian Broadcasting Company, Christian Science Sentinel
Courses I frequently teach: Alternatives to Consumerism
The Study of the Person
1990–1992 Psychotherapy Externship,Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Rochester. Conducted time–limited and long–term psychotherapy with undergraduates. 280 hours.
1990–1991 Community Practicum, University of Rochester. Advised supervisors of individuals at a psychiatric vocational rehabilitation workshop. 220 hours.
1989–1990 Psychotherapy Practicum, Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Rochester. Conducted long and short–term individual psychotherapy with students. 200 hours.
1989–1990 Assessment Externship,Rochester Psychiatric Center, Rochester, NY. Performed psychological batteries on individuals living in an inpatient ward for use in their treatment. 80 hours.