Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1965
Current Position: 
The C.S. and D.J. Davidson Professor of Psychology and Management, Claremont Graduate University

Dr. Csikszentmihalyi's contributions to leisure sciences include an empirically-based model of enjoyment (flow) and the experience sampling technique (ESM) using pagers.

Since authoring Beyond Boredom and Anxiety (1976), his books have been translated into twenty-three languages.

His (1990) Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience was a Book of the Month, Quality Paperback, and Psychology Book Club selection.

His latest titles include Finding Flow (1997) and (with Susan Jackson) Flow in Sport(1999) and Running in Flow (2016).

Dr. Csikszentmihalyi serves on several boards and commissions for the Department of Labor, Department of Education, Social Science Research Council, and others; has served on Editorial Boards and reviews manuscripts for journals of psychology, sociology, anthropology and other disciplines; and has held visiting professorships at universities in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Italy and Finland; in 1999 he was a Foreign Visiting Scholar of the British Psychological Association.

He is a member of the American Academy of Education, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and a Doctor of Sciences as well as a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa.

The 1990 recipient of NRPA's National Research (Roosevelt) award, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi has received two Senior Fulbright Fellowships, the Don Clifton Award. and from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences the Szecsenyi Prize.