Professor, Speaker & Consultant
Director, Creativity & Innovation Profiling Project, LaPEA (Laboratory of Applied Psychology & Ergonomics, Univ. of Paris (formerly Univ. Paris Descartes; Sorbonne), France Vice President, Professor & Director of Research, Preparing Global Leaders Forum (Moscow, Amman, Split, Sophia) Associate Member of Faculty & Visiting Researcher, University of Oxford (formerly College Lecturer & Fellow), UK Adjunct Professor of Economics & Psychology, University of Paris I&V (Sorbonne) Associate Editor, Journal of Design, Business & Society
B.A. Yale, Ethics, Politics & Economics M.Div. Harvard, World Religions Doctorate, University of Oxford, Experimental Psychology
Approach & Expertise
My degrees, research, and applied work has always been interdisciplinary, spanning several different fields, but each of them is united by fundamental grounding in rigorous psychological research at the highest level and a passion for practical application with impact.
I strongly believe that psychology, optimally pursued, should be re-envisioned as a subdiscipline of many other fields, providing tools and perspectives to improve the full range of human processes and interactions and achievements.
The different topics of my work are united by several themes and areas of research:
- Individual Differences & “Soft Skills” (personality, intelligence, culture, gender, cognitive biases, decision-making, emotional intelligence, leadership, psychometric tests, questionnaire construction, etc.)
- Innovation, Creativity & Problem Solving (talent identification, measurement, individual & group enhancement)
- Cognitive Biases, Decision Making, and Obstacles to Rationality and Critical Thinking
- Psychology of Religion (broadly construed as psychology of culture and meaning making—another crucial “human factor”—with focuses on fundamentalism, conflict, visionary personalities, and powerful transformative experiences)
- Technology and its interaction with human psychology to produce our collective future
In practice, as a speaker and consultant, I am an interdisciplinary creative problem-solver bringing the resources of several fields and noteworthy institutions to bear on individual, organizational, and public problems—all in the context of my keen interest in technology and other forces shaping the future.
When not focused on research I also work in several countries designing bespoke studies and trainings, often including psychometric tests and questionnaires as the basis for improved self-understanding and improved interactions. Complementary talks on the themes of my research are combined with workshops using exercises and tests to enhance creativity, leadership skills, and general self-development. As a result of my family background in design, I have sometimes also consulted for large scale public meaning, identity, and community-building projects, like monuments and the construction of public symbols and sculptures.
Free Creativity—and All of Human Thought!
Very pleased to have co-author the chapter on Creativity in the definitive new textbook on human thought. Edited by Robert Sternberg and Joachim Funke, it “is an ‘open access’ collection of peer-reviewed chapters [covering] all areas of higher cognitive processes.” With topics ranging from intelligence to decision making and creativity to wisdom, leading figures were asked to provide accessible, up-to-date, classroom-ready surveys of their areas of individual expertise.
Lubart, T., & Thornhill-Miller, B. (2020). Creativity: An Overview of the 7 C’s of Creative Thought. In R. Sternberg & F. Joachim (Eds.), The Psychology of Human Thought: An Introduction (pp. 277–305). Heidelberg University Publishing.
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