Professor Richard M. Ryan
Institute for Positive Psychology and Education
Areas of expertise:
self-determination theory; intrinsic motivation; social development; happiness and well-being; goal pursuits; education; health and wellness; organizational behavior; technology experiences; political and economic influences
HDR Supervisor accreditation status: Full
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2355-6154
ACU North Sydney Campus
Richard M. Ryan, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology & Education at the Australian Catholic University and Professor Emeritus 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 450 scientific 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. Reflective of Ryan's influence internationally, he has been recognized as one of the eminent psychologists of the modern era, and The Australian recently listed him on the Lifetime Achievers Leaderboard as one of Australia’s top 40 researchers.
Ryan has lectured in more than 100 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.
Richard Ryan contributes frequently to newspapers, podcasts, blogs, and television and radio programs. Below are some current media pieces.