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 In Memory of

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.


Shane Lopez was Director of Research for The Clifton Foundation. He was a Gallup Senior Scientist and the author of Making Hope Happen. His mission was to teach people that investing in their future pays off today. He was one of the most vocal advocates of the psychological reform of America’s education system. He helped schools function more like dynamic human development centers to enable students seeing their meaningful futures. He was a chief architect of the Gallup Student Poll, a measure of hope, engagement, and well-being that taps into the hearts and minds of US public school students. It is available at no cost to public schools or districts. More than 4 million students have participated since its inception.

Dr. Lopez researched the links between hope, strengths, development, academic success, and overall well-being. He collaborated with scholars around the world on these issues. He specialized in hope and strengths enhancement for students from preschool through college graduation. He was a coauthor of the statistical reports for the Clifton StrengthsFinder and the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer.

A prolific author, Dr. Lopez published more than 100 articles and chapters, as well as 10 books. He was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the International Positive Psychology Association.

Capitalizing on Strengths in College Students

Clifton StrengthsFinder and Student Strengths Development

Clifton StrengthsFinder Technical Report 2015

General Strengths References

Integrating Strengths-Based Education into a First Year Curriculum

Strengths and Engagement Findings from the Gallup Student Poll

Strengths-Based Undergraduate Experience at the University of Minnesota

The Principles of Strengths-Based Education