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Portrait of Mark Runco

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Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Psychology Claremont Graduate School 1984
MA Psychology Claremont Graduate School 1981
BA Psychology Claremont Men's College 1979


Mark Runco earned his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the Claremont Graduate School (California) and has studied creativity ever since.

Dr. Runco is past president of Division 10 (Psychology, Art, Creativity, and Aesthetics) of the American Psychological Association. He was adjunct professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration for nearly 15 years and currently lectures regularly at Universidad de Cantabria (Spain) and Shaanxi Normal University (Xi'an, China). He is a Distinguished Consulting Faculty member at the Saybrook Graduate University (San Francisco).

Dr. Runco developed and still teaches seminars in creativity, including "Creativity: What it is and What it is Not," "The Assessment of Creativity," "Creative Cognition," and "Social Contexts for Creativity."

Nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Runco founded the Creativity Research Journal, which he still edits (Taylor and Francis, impact factor 1.6). In 2014, Dr. Runco founded the new journal, Business Creativity and the Creative Economy. He co-edited the Encyclopedia of Creativity in 1999 and 2011, and in 2010 he published the "rCAB" (Runco Creativity Assessment Battery), a comprehensive battery of tests for the assessment of creativity. His textbook, "Creativity: Theories, themes, and issues" (Academic Press, 2010) has been translated into six languages and was revised and expanded in 2014.

Dr. Runco has published approximately 200 articles, chapters, and books on creativity, its measurement and enhancement.