Amy Cuddy

Visiting Associate Professor

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist (PhD, Princeton University, 2005), Associate Professor and Hellman Faculty Fellow at Harvard Business School, and Visiting Associate Professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; social judgments and outcomes of trustworthiness and strength; the relationship between personal power, psychological presence, and general well-being; and effects of body posture and movement on feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and physiological variables. She is particularly interested in developing interventions to improve the health, economic security, and general well-being of chronically powerless populations. She will be working with the new Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness during her time at HSPH. Cuddy’s research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Science, among other journals, and covered by NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired, Fast Company, and others outlets.

Amy’s new book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges (Little, Brown, & Co., 2015), focuses on the psychology of power, presence, and performance under stress, in addition to the growing scientific literature on how nonverbal postures and movements affects our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physiology, making it easier for us to approach stressful situations feeling calm and confident. It is a New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and Globe & Mail bestseller, and will be published in at least 28 different languages. As described in the New York Times Book Review, “Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious–above all, truly powerful.”

Amy has been named a a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Game Changer by Time, a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, and an Early Career Award recipient by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She was also named one of 50 Women Who Are Changing the World by Business Insider, one of 10 Ten Bostonians Who are Upending the Way We Live, Lead, and Learn by Boston Magazine, one of the World’s Top 50 Management Thinkers by Thinkers50, one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators Changing How We Lead by Inc., and one of Twitter’s 100 Science Stars by Science. Her 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are,” has been viewed more than 35 million times and is the second-most-viewed TED Talk of all time. The Guardian calls it one of 20 Online Talks That Could Change Your Life. Amy has written for the New York Times, New York Magazine, Harvard Business Review, and CNN.

Amy grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country, is a classically trained ballet dancer, and worked as a roller-skating waitress in college. She lives with her husband, Paul, and her son, Jonah. Together, they travel, fall in love with mountain ranges, discover, listen to, and sometimes attempt to make live music, rave about great diners and complain about bad coffee. Amy loves connecting—people with people, art with science, and ideas-from-here with ideas-from-there.