Laura King did her undergraduate work at Kenyon College, where, an Englishmajor, she declared a second major, in psychology, during the second semester of her junior year. Shecompleted her A.B. in English with high honors and distinction and in psychology with distinctionin 1986. Laura then did graduate work at Michigan State University and the University of California,Davis, receiving her Ph.D. in personality psychology in 1991. Laura began her career at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, moving to the University ofMissouri, Columbia, in 2001, where she is now a professor. In addition to seminars in the developmentof character, social psychology, and personality psychology, she has taught undergraduate lecturecourses in introductory psychology, introduction to personality psychology, and social psychology. AtSMU, she received six different teaching awards, including the "M" award for "sustained excellence"in 1999. At the University of Missouri, she received the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Researchand Creative Activity in 2004. Her research, which has been funded by the National Institutes for Mental Health, has focusedon a variety of topics relevant to the question of what it is that makes for a good life. She has studiedgoals, life stories, happiness, well-being, and meaning in life. In general, her work reflects an enduringinterest in studying what is good and healthy in people. In 2001, her research accomplishments wererecognized by a Templeton Prize in positive psychology. Laura's research (often in collaborationwith undergraduate and graduate students) has been published in the Journal of Personality andSocial Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Cognition and Emotion, the Journalof Personality, and other publications . A new paper on the place of regrets in maturity is forthcomingin the American Psychologist. Currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Research in Personality, Laura has also served asassociate editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Personality andSocial Psychology, as well as on numerous grant panels. She has edited or co-edited special sectionsof the Journal of Personality and the American Psychologist. In "real life," Laura is an accomplishedcook and enjoys listening to music (mostly jazz vocalists and singer-songwriters), gardening, andchasing Sam, her 3-year-old son.
John W. Santrock received his Ph.D. from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He taught at the University of Charleston and the University of Georgia before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has worked as a school psychologist and currently teaches developmental psychology and educational psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and introductory psychology at the undergraduate level. Dr. Santrock's research on father custody is widely cited and used in expert witness testimony to promote flexibility and alternative considerations in custody disputes. His research has included publication in the Journal of Educational Psychology that focus on the contextual aspects of affectively-toned cognition and children's self-regulatory behavior as well as teachers' perceptions of children from divorced families. He recently was a member of the editorial board of Developmental Psychology and his publications include these exceptional McGraw-Hill texts: CHILD DEVELOPMENT, Eighth Edition; LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT, Seventh Edition; CHILDREN, Sixth Edition; PSYCHOLOGY, Sixth Edition; and EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY.