“When I was a child, my grandmother gave me a copy of a book called TheGolden Gems of Life that explained how to live life to its fullest. So, I have always been familiar with the concept of positive psychology. However, I first learned about the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program when I read Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman’s book Flourish,” recalls Christine Robinson, a senior advisor and philanthropy consultant for a number of significant non-profit organizations and foundations.
“One of the great things about Penn is the focus on learning to improve the world in some way,” says John Hollway (MAPP ’18). “Applied learning is an important tenet of the Master of Applied Psychology (MAPP) program at Penn, and it's also something that we focus on at the Quattrone Center.” An organization established to research and redress criminal justice errors, the Quattrone Center applies procedural justice to investigate and improve accuracy and fairness in the system.
Not everyone gets the job of their dreams, but Joseph Glaser-Reich started planning and preparing in college for his career as a rescue swimmer. “It's one of those jobs where you don't really have to wake up in the morning and wonder whether what you're doing is making a difference or not,” he laughs. Survival technicians like Joe are trained to maintain and repair survival equipment, administer emergency medical assistance, and work with a tightly coordinated team of aviation specialists to carry out maritime rescues via helicopter.
“We have a huge responsibility,” says Noof Mohammed Al Jenibi (Master of Applied Positive Psychology ’18). “Now that we’ve had a chance to be a part of the positive psychology community at Penn, we have to give back by helping others and being generous with our knowledge.” During her time in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, Noof studied evidence-based research and practical applications with world-class theorists and practitioners. “Imagine reading your favorite books, then having the chance to meet the authors and listen to their perspective.
“My passion has long been in research,” says Jenn Beatty (Master of Applied Positive Psychology ’18). As she prepares to pursue her doctoral degree, Jenn Beatty works with Wharton People Analytics alongside some of the instructors who taught her courses in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program. As a research coordinator, Jenn assists with research projects that work with partner organizations to advance data-driven workplaces.
"Peace is a prerequisite to learning," says Martín Blank, who was awarded the 2018 Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship by Penn’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program in recognition of outstanding service to others. "If students come to class angry or stressed out, or if they haven't had breakfast or enough sleep, my job isn't to cram in a math lesson.