Shane J. Lopez

Shane J. Lopez

Professor of the Practice

Academic Area

Organizational Behavior


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Kansas, 1998


Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is the world's leading researcher on hope. His mission is to teach people that investing in their future pays off today. Dr. Lopez is also one of the most vocal advocates of the psychological reform of America's education system. He helps schools function less like impersonal factories and more like dynamic human development centers that enable students to achieve the meaningful futures they say they really want, including a good job and a happy family.

He is a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute. He is chief architect of the Gallup Student Poll, a measure of hope, engagement, and wellbeing that taps into the hearts and minds of U.S. public school students to determine what drives achievement. It is available at no cost to any public school or district interested in using it to start a hope conversation in their community. More than 1 million students have participated since its inception.

Dr. Lopez researches the links between hope, strengths development, academic success, and overall wellbeing and collaborates with scholars around the world on these issues. He specializes in hope and strengths enhancement for students from preschool through college graduation, advocating a whole-school strengths model that also builds the strengths expertise of educators, parents, and youth development organizations. He is coauthor of the statistical reports for the Clifton StrengthsFinder and the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer.

A prolific author, Dr. Lopez has published more than 100 articles and chapters and nine books. These include Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths, winner of the Sage Press Book of the Year Award (with C.R. Snyder and Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti); The Handbook of Positive Psychology (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in PeopleThe Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology; andThe Psychology of Courage: Modern Research on an Ancient Virtue (with Cynthia Pury). His latest book, Making Hope Happen, details how hope can be learned and spread to others.