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Ryan Darby: Faculty and Staff

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Ryan Darby
Assistant Professor


Social Sciences

Research, Professional and Creative Activity:

  • Published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals including Cognition & Emotion, Basic and  Applied Social Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine, among others.
  • Published works also include contributions to the Gallup Business Journal and several edited volumes including chapters in Encyclopedia of the Mind,  
  • Research has been featured in major news outlets such as The Huffington PostThe AtlanticMedical News TodayLiveScienceWiredPC Magazine, and others.

Professional Profile:

Professor Darby received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University. Professionally, he has worked as a management consultant for the Gallup Organization and as a research consultant for SAIC. His research interests are diverse and he has studied topics such as the behaviors of great managers, shame and guilt after a doctor’s visit, the cardiovascular health benefits of forgiveness, and the memorability of Facebook posts. His current research focuses on emotions at work—what do organizations and managers need to do to create an emotionally healthy, thriving, and productive workplace?

In addition to his work within academia, Dr. Darby consults with organizations on employee performance and engagement. Dr. Darby has taught over 100 employee engagement and strengths seminars to large and small businesses, government agencies, and public schools. As a management consultant, he has also consulted with senior leaders of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies on maximizing the engagement and performance of their employees.

Teaching and Related Service:

Courses Taught:

  • Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology of Emotions
  • Psychology of Leadership
  • Positive Psychology

Previously Taught at:

  • University of California, San Diego