Beth Hennessey received her doctorate in social/developmental psychology from Brandeis University in 1986. Before pursuing graduate study, Hennessey taught for three years at the elementary school level. She has been a member of the Wellesley College psychology department since 1985. She served as the faculty director of Wellesley’s Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center from 2007 to 2011. Hennessey has carried out numerous studies showing a powerful link between intrinsic task motivation and creativity of performance. At present, Hennessey is involved with a number of international investigations of this phenomenon, and she is also working with the Lego corporation to better understand the connection between creativity and play across cultures.