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Dr Laura King Ph.D

Laura A. King  Ph.D. is the Frederick A. Middlebush Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia.  She received her BA in English Literature and Psychology at Kenyon College and her PhD in Personality Psychology from the University of California, Davis. A personality psychologist, her research has focused on well-being, especially meaning in life, motivation, narrative approaches, folk theories of The Good Life, and individual differences in intuitive information processing. She has published over 90 articles and chapters and two textbooks.  She received the Carol and Ed Diener Award for Distinguished Contributions to Personality Psychology in 2011 and her work has been funded by NIMH and NSF.  She has served as editor or associate editor for a number of journals in personality and social psychology and is currently the editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology:  Personality Processes and Individual Differences. 

Dr King will be presenting a keynote on Noticing Meaning in Everyday Life:  Pleasure, Intuition, and Magic