The mission of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania is to promote research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology. The Center carries out empirical research and interventions in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, and grit. We established the world’s first Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP). The Center offer state-of-the-art training programs in Positive Psychology and resilience for educational institutions, the U.S. Army, and other organizations around the world.
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman is the Director of the Center and Professor of Psychology. He is a recognized authority in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, and optimism. He has written more than 275 scholarly publications and about 20 books.
Dr. Angela Duckworth is Associate Professor Psychology. Her research focuses on self-control (the ability to regulate thoughts and emotions) and grit (perseverance and sustained interest toward goals) and how these characteristics influence academic and professional achievement. She has written more than 50 scholarly publications.
Dr. Karen Reivich is an instructor in the MAPP program and a recognized authority in the fields of resilience, depression prevention and Positive Psychology. She is the primary curriculum developer for the Center’s resilience and Positive Psychology programs for educators and the U.S. Army, as well as the lead instructor for these programs. She has co-authored two books on resilience and optimism.