Dr. Chris Stout graduated from the School of Science at IUPUI in 1981, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. “The wellspring of what I’ve spent my 35-year career doing was grown starting in Psych 101,” Stout explained. “The skill set of working with other people, working with groups, and leadership activities - all of this variety and richness - it felt like psychology was the lightning rod that powered all the other things.”

Dr. Chris Stout

Chris is a numbers person, so it is no surprise that when he started in the School of Science, he was a math major. Here is a brief example of Chris-By-The-Numbers:

  • Published 38 books, two best sellers, and his works have been translated into 8 languages
  • He’s lectured across the nation and internationally in over 20 countries, and visited over 100 countries, all 50 states, 6 continents and over 130 World Heritage Sites
  • He was noted to be “one of the most frequently cited psychologists in the scientific literature
  • Listed in TED Founder Richard Saul Wurman’s “Who’s Really Who, 1000: The Most Creative Individuals in America”
  • He’s climbed 3 of the world’s Seven Summits
  • Completed a 100k ultra, and others
  • Is nearing one-half million LinkedIn followers and is a LinkedIn Influencer
  • Is Executive Producer and Host of Living a Life in Full podcast, ranked in the top 5% of all podcasts
  • Has 3M+ followers across social media platforms
  • Has >125,000 subscribers to his weekly LinkedIn Newsletter, Tools for Change
  • Earned a doctorate (clinical psychology) and four honoris causa doctorates, including a Doctor of Technology from Purdue.

Chris came to IUPUI as a first-generation college student, in fact his grandparents did not complete high school. “I was taking classes at IUPUI in my last semester of high school and the summer before college, I was just so excited to go and get going.”

Although he was not sure what he wanted to do, he had good grades, liked math, science, and art, but it was taking an intro psychology class that sparked his love of psychology. It’s what would become the basis of his career. “I took just about every psychology class there was, I graduated with more than 50 credit hours just in psychology,” he said. “In my final semester, I enrolled in 21 credits of psychology; there were just so many classes I wanted to take.”

It was so exciting to be a 20-year-old and to have access to faculty who were supportive of undergraduate research. Just being in the School of Science and in the Department of Psychology gave me such a rich breadth and depth of being able to get involved in psychology and great opportunities to do research.

Dr. Chris Stout