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A Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Judy 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.

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.

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, was published in 2012.


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 coauthored 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.

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: bodies and souls, art and fiction, and moral reasoning.

Karen Reivich, PhD is Co-Director of the Penn Resiliency Project at the Positive Psychology Center and a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reivich is also an instructor in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program in which she teaches Positive Psychology and Interpersonal Relationships. She is a leader in the fields of depression prevention, optimism, resilience and positive psychology interventions.

Dr. Duckworth studies noncognitive 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. Dr.

Dr. James O. Pawelski is Director of Education and Senior Scholar in the Positive Psychology Center and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Having earned a doctorate in philosophy, he is the author of The Dynamic Individualism of William James and articles on the history of philosophy and its application to human development.

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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