Research and Voices

Original research and contributing experts make High Performance Institute the world's leading organization in the modern human performance conversation.

Meet Our Contributors

HPI is proud to bring you many of the world's leading voices on the psychology of performance. Below are our scientific contributors, practitioners, and experts who are shaping the new conversation in high performance studies. Links to their latest contributions can be found after their bios.

Anders Ericcson

K. Anders Ericsson, PhD, is presently Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University.
Read his article with Robert Pool here.

Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth is the Founder and CEO of Character Lab and the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Read her latest.

Annie Littrell Senior

Annie Littrell Senior is an educator and coach focused on career and leadership development.
Read her article here.

Brad Stulberg

Brad Stulberg researches, writes, speaks, and coaches on health and the science of human performance. He is a columnist at New York and Outside magazines.
His latest is here.

Danny Southwick

Danny Southwick is a researcher for High Performance Institute. In 2015, he earned a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently works as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania.
His latest is here.

Donna Hemmert

Donna is co-founder of Positive Voices, an online platform that showcases leading experts who bring cutting-edge tips and science-based solutions to the masses to help them live their best lives.
Her latest is here.

Dwayne Thomas

Dwayne Allen Thomas is an attorney working in the NYS Unified Court System and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Master of Applied Positive Psychology program.
Read his latest.

Edwin Locke

Edwin A. Locke is Dean's Professor of Motivation and Leadership Emeritus at University of Maryland. He is internationally known for his research and writings on work motivation and the philosophy of science.
Read his latest.

Elaine O'Brien

Elaine O'Brien has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology and  strives to help people enjoy moving well, more and meaningfully, encouraging that exercise shouldn't hurt, and can be empowering, rewarding, as well as fun!
Read her latest.

Emily vanSonnenberg

Emily vanSonnenberg, M.A.P.P. is a university course creator and lecturer who designed and teaches the UCLAx course, Happiness: Theory, Research, and Application in Positive Psychology.
Read her latest.

Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith is a journalist whose writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Criterion, and other publications.
Read her latest.

Gary Latham

Gary latham is the Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Effectiveness in the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In addition, he is the President of Work and Organizational Psychology in the International Association of Applied Psychology. 
Read his latest.

John Ratey

John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 11 books.
Read his latest.

Leora Rifkin

Leora Viega Rifkin is the Founder and CEO of Canary Rising, which helps people focus on how mental strength and individual strengths support their business and overall wellbeing.
Read her latest.

Robert Biswas-Deiner

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is widely known as the “Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology” because his adventurous worldwide research on happiness and other positive topics.
Read his latest.

Roy Baumesiter

Roy F. Baumeister is currently professor of psychology at the University of Queensland. He among the most prolific and most frequently cited psychologists in the world, with over 600 publications. 
Read his latest.

Shannon Thompson

Shannon Thompson is a mental performance consultant who specializes in high performance sport. Shannon holds a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Read her latest.

Taylor Kreiss

 Taylor Kreiss is a positive psychology writer and coach on a mission to share the art and science of the good life. He consults businesses in how to bring positive psychology into the workplace.
Read his latest.

Timothy Pychyl

Dr. Timothy A. Pychyl (Tim) is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Initiatives in Education at Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario).
Read his latest.

Yashi Srivastava

Yashi Srivastava is a trained Positive Psychology professional and an ICF certified coach who helps individuals make intentional choices to improve their relationships, find more meaning at work, and respond with resilience.
Read her latest.

Cory Muscara

Cory Muscara is the founder of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness. He serves as faculty at Columbia Teachers College and the University of Pennsylvania, and in 2012 spent six months in silence living as a monk in Asia. He regularly appears on the Dr. Oz show as a guest expert in the topic of mindfulness. 
Read his latest.

Michelle Segar

Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH, behavioral sustainability scientist and author of “No Sweat! How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness” is Director of the University of Michigan’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center. 
Read her latest here.

Alissa Mrazek

Alissa Mrazek, Ph.D. is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of California’s Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential and the Chief Scientific Officer at Empirical Wisdom, and is co-author of Presence of Mind: A practical introduction to mindfulness and meditation.
Read her latest here.

Michael Mrazek

Michael Mrazek, Ph.D. is the Director of Research at the University of California's Center for Mindfulness & Human Potential, and is author of Presence of Mind: A Practical Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation.
Read his latest here.

Paddy Steinfort

A former professional football player and coach, Paddy Steinfort now works as a performance and leadership consultant for teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAA football in the USA. He is a bestselling author & has written guest articles for Sports Illustrated & Psychology Today that focus on the link between performance, leadership and well-being psychology.
Read his latest.

Robert Pool

Robert Pool is co-author of Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, and combined his history, physics, and mathematics degrees with his love of writing to successfully transition from mathematics professor to renowned science, technology, and medical writer. He has taught science writing at Johns Hopkins University and has worked as a writer and editor at Science and Nature.
Read his latest.

Jess Hopkins

Jess Hopkins is a Positive Psychology coach, speaker and trainer, working to maximize workplace well-being and performance. Through the use of evidence-based, positive interventions, Jess supports organizations in getting the best out of their workforce and cultivating a culture of thriving. As a twice-certified Life Purpose and Career Coach, with dual masters degrees in Counseling and Applied Positive Psychology, Jess is committed to affecting positive change within organizations that are driven by passion and purpose. Read her latest.

Latest Posts

What do the world's foremost authorities on the psychology of performance have to share? Learn the latest science and applications via our latest posts.

Meet Our CEO

Brendon Burchard heads up the team at High Performance Institute. He is a 3-time New York Times bestselling author and widely regarded as the world's leading high performance coach and trainer.

Meet Our Director of Research

Danny Southwick is a lead researcher for High Performance Institute and a MAPP (master of applied positive psychology) graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently works as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Angela Duckworth and Allyson Mackey.  

Researching High Performance Habits

Read Brendon Burchard's journey and methodology in writing High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way


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