Donald O. Clifton
Donald O. Clifton (February 5, 1924, in Butte, Nebraska – September 14, 2003) was an American psychologist. He received a commendation from the American Psychological Association in 2003 in which he is depicted as "the father of Strengths-Based Psychology and the grandfather of Positive Psychology". He developed the eponymous Clifton StrengthsFinder, Gallup’s online psychological assessment. Clifton was professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1950 to 1969 when he founded Selection Research, Inc. (SRI) that grew to the point where in 1988 it acquired the Gallup Organization and took on the older company’s name. Clifton was a World War II veteran and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
- Soar With Your Strengths with Paula Nelson, ISBN 0-385-30414-5. Delacorte Press, 1992.
- Now, Discover Your Strengths with Marcus Buckingham, ISBN 0-7432-0114-0. Free Press, 2001.
- How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life with Tom Rath ISBN 1595620036. Gallup Press (2004)
- StrengthsQuest with Edward "Chip" Anderson
- "Clifton Strengths School". strengths.org. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
- "Dr Donald O. Clifton". Find A Grave. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
- Lopez, Shane J. (2015). Positive Psychology The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths. Sage Publications. p. 66 (2nd ed.). ISBN 9781452276434. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
... [Clifton] became the father of Strengths-Based Psychology and the grandfather of Positive Psychology [per footnote citing text of 2003 APA commendation]
- Buckingham, Marcus (2012). "Strengths Campus History". Strengths Campus. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
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