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Paul Karoly, PhD
Director of Product Development, Goalistics

Psychologist. Researcher. Educator. Author.

Dr. Karoly, co-founder of Goalistics, is a clinical and health psychologist, currently Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. For over 40 years, he has explored the nature of the human capacity for self-guidance, often called self-regulation, and the implications of self-regulatory problems for mental and physical health. Because personal goals occupy a central position in the process of self-regulation, his work has focused on describing and measuring goal-related thought and creating testable theoretical accounts of their everyday operation. In numerous books, book chapters, and articles in professional journals, Dr. Karoly and his colleagues have reported on the value of a goal-based self-regulatory approach to the remediation of such problems as chronic pain disability, depression, low levels of physical exercise, cigarette smoking, and related adjustment issues.

Dr. Karoly earned his bachelor's degree from the City College of New York and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester (NY). He has served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals (such as the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Behavior Therapy, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology) and is currently on the editorial board of Pain Medicine. He is co-developer of several psychological assessment instruments including the Multidimensional Health Profile (MHP), the Test of Negative Social Exchange (TENSE), the Survey of Pain Attitudes (SOPA), and the Profile of Chronic Pain (Screen and Extended Assessment Battery). His research with Dr. Linda Ruehlman has been supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

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