Jeanne Nakamura


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Jeanne Nakamura, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She co-directs the positive psychology concentration and the Quality of Life Research Center, and is a member of the board of the International Positive Psychology Association.  She helped direct the Good Work Project, a series of studies of excellence and social responsibility in professional life. She has investigated positive psychology in a developmental context, including engagement and creativity, mentoring and good work, and aging well. Her current writing and research address motivation and engagement in adulthood, the formative influences of mentoring and the formation of good mentors, and social innovation after 60 as a model for positive aging.

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Selected Publications

Nakamura, J., & Fajans, J. (in press). Interviewing highly eminent creators. In D.K. Simonton (Ed.), The Wiley handbook of genius. Chichester, England: Wiley.

Nakamura, J., Warren, M., Branand, B., Liu, P.-J., Wheeler, B., & Chan, T. (2014). Positive psychology across the lifespan. In J. Teramoto Pedrotti & L.M. Edwards (Eds.), Perspectives on the intersection of multiculturalism and positive psychology (pp. 109-124). New York: Springer.

Schüler, J., & Nakamura, J. (2013). Does flow experience lead to risk? How and for whom. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being, 5, 311-331. doi: 10.1111/aphw.12012

Nakamura, J. (2013). Pride and the experience of meaning in daily life. Journal of Positive Psychology, 8, 555-567. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2013.830765

Nakamura, J., & Koch, J.C. (2012). Beyond individuals: New frontiers in mentoring. In F. O. Andersen & J. Vogel (Eds.), Den positive psykologis metoder [Positive psychology methods, pp. 107-124). Copenhagen, Denmark: Dansk Psykologisk forlag.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. & Nakamura, J. (2011). Positive psychology: Where did it come from, where is it going? In K.M. Sheldon, T. B. Kashdan, & M.F. Steger (Eds.) Designing Positive Psychology. New York, Oxford University Press, pp.2-9.

Nakamura, J. (2011). Contexts of positive adult development. In S.I. Donaldson, M. Csikszentmihalyi, & J. Nakamura (Eds.), Applied Positive Psychology: Improving Everyday Life, Health, Schools, Work, and Society. London: Routledge Academic.

Davis, O.C., & Nakamura, J. (2010). Toward an optimal mentoring environment for medical residents. Academic Medicine, 85(6), 1060-1066.

Csikszentmihalyi, M., & Nakamura, J. (2010). Effortless attention in everyday life: A systematic phenomenology. In B. Bruya (Ed.), Effortless attention: A new perspective in the cognitive science of attention and action (pp. 179-189). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Nakamura, J., Shernoff, D., & Hooker, C. (2009). Good Mentoring. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nakamura, J. (2007). Practicing responsibility. In H. Gardner (Ed.), Responsibility at Work (pp. 285-310). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nakamura, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2005). Engagement in a profession: The case of undergraduate teaching. Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 134 (3), 60-67.

Nakamura, J., & Cohler, B.J. (2004). Self, morale, and the social world of older adults. In J. Sadavoy et al. (Eds.), Comprehensive textbook of geriatric psychiatry (revised ed., pp. 159-202). New York: Norton.

Sawyer, R.K., John-Steiner, V., Moran, S., Sternberg, R.J., Feldman, D.H., Nakamura, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2003). Creativity and development. New York: Oxford University Press.

Nakamura, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2002). The construction of meaning through vital engagement. In C. Keyes & J. Haidt (Eds.), Flourishing (pp. 83-104). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Michaelson, M., & Nakamura, J. (Eds.). (2001). Supportive frameworks for youth engagement. New Directions in Child Development, 93.

Nakamura, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2001). Catalytic creativity: The case of Linus Pauling. American Psychologist, 56, 337-341.

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