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The Master of Positive Psychology (MAPP) program is overseen by the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and by the University's College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS). The program draws on faculty within the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences as well as on other preeminent local and international leaders in the field. Faculty for the 2011-12 academic year include:

Paul Bloom, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Yale University.  Dr. Bloom's research interests include the development and nature of our common-sense understanding of ourselves and other people. His current research explores the following areas: (1) Bodies and souls, (2) Art and fiction, and (3) Moral Reasoning.
 
Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Duckworth studies non-cognitive predictors of achievement. In recent studies, she has demonstrated the dramatic impact of self-control on academic achievement and the benefits of direct interventions designed to increase self-control competence in children. Another area of research interest is grit, defined as passionate perseverance in the pursuit of a long-term goal. Grit has been shown to be a strong predictor of performance in especially challenging situations, such as the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Spelling Bee. 

Jane Gillham, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College and Co-Director of the Penn Resiliency Project, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gillham is a clinical psychologist, researcher, and educator. Much of her work focuses on developing and evaluating programs that promote resilience and well-being in children and adolescents. She has co-authored several well-being programs including the Penn Resiliency Program for Children and Adolescents, the Penn Resiliency Program for parents, the APEX program, and (recently) a high school positive psychology program.
 
Adam Grant, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Grant is an organizational psychologist specializing in work motivation, job design, prosocial helping and giving behaviors, and employee initiative and proactivity. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan and his BA from Harvard University, and he has more than 40 publications in leading management and psychology journals, earning research awards from the NSF, APA, SIOP, and AAPSS. He has won Wharton's Excellence in Teaching Award at both the MBA and undergraduate levels, and has consulted for and taught executives at organizations such as Google, Borders Group, Yahoo!, Medco, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Time-Warner Cable, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy.
 
Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Haidt studies morality and emotion, and how they vary across cultures. He is also active in positive psychology and studies positive emotions such as moral elevation, admiration, and awe. Among the psychology courses he teaches is a course on the concept of flourishing. Flourishing is also the title of his first book on positive psychology. His next book, The Happiness Hypothesis, was published in January 2006 and his third book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, is due to be published in 2011.
 
James Pawelski, Ph.D., Director of Education and Senior Scholar at the Positive Psychology Center. Dr. Pawelski is the author of The Dynamic Individualism of William James and has written articles on the theoretical underpinnings of positive psychology. He is interested in basic conceptual questions such as the meaning of "positive" in positive psychology, the technical definition of "positive intervention," and the precise articulation of the fundamental principles of positive psychology. He also works on the development and testing of specific positive interventions and on their application in personal, professional, and academic settings. He is the founding Executive Director of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).
 
Karen Reivich, Ph.D., Research Associate in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reivich co-directs the Penn Resiliency Program, is an investigator on a grant from the Department of Education to teach positive psychology to 9th grade students, and lectures extensively to educators, parents, and business leaders on the topics of resilience, depression prevention, and positive psychology. She is the co-author of The Resilience Factor and is the master trainer for the Positive Psychology Center's educational projects in the UK and Australia.
 
Paul Rozin, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. An expert in cultural psychology, Dr. Rozin is interested in such diverse topics as the way memories for pleasant events represent the actual experiences of these events, the reasons why the French have a healthier and happier relation to food than Americans do, and the greater potency of joys (as opposed to comforts) in contributing to a feeling that one's life is productive, happy, and worthwhile.
 
Judy Saltzberg, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice. A Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, she supervises therapists in training, teaches seminars in the Penn Resiliency program, and trains trainers for the Positive Psychology Center's educational projects in the UK and Australia. She is also interested in the application of positive psychology to clinical interventions.
 
Barry Schwartz, Ph.D., Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. Dr. Schwartz is the author of The Battle for Human Nature, The Costs of Living, and, most recently, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less. His research centers on the relation between choice and well-being.
 
Martin Seligman, Ph.D., Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and founding director of the Positive Psychology Center. A past president of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Seligman is the author of many books including, Learned Optimism, Authentic Happiness and (with Christopher Peterson) Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification.

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