Positive psychology is the science of optimal human functioning. Within the field, there are researchers that go out and use the scientific method to observe, measure and test positive interventions (exercises and activities for boosting wellbeing). There are also practitioners, they are the ones that go out an translate the research and put the science into action.
Our faculty member, Sid Efromovich, put it best when he said, “The positive psychology researchers are the botanists of our field. They study the genus, what it means to be plant, how the plants come to be and where they flourish best.
The practitioners are the florists. They understand plants. They know what works, what doesn’t work and why. And their job is to assemble the plants and flowers into bouquets that people use and know when one type of arrangement is better than another.”
To support our Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) students in becoming the best practitioners of the science, we bring in two guest speakers every month that offer them the opportunity to learn from a researcher and a practitioner.
The Researchers share their findings and what’s “hot” in positive psychology science. The Practitioners come from diverse backgrounds and share how they translate positive psychology. Some use positive psychology with children, others in technology, some as coaches, others in business. This gives our students the opportunity to get ideas for how they can apply positive psychology with the populations they serve and hear about the journeys other practitioners have taken.
Connecting our students with Guest Researchers and Practitioners is one of the many ways that we uniquely serve our students in getting the most comprehensive training in positive psychology, teaching them to apply the science, and identifying how to enhance their careers.
Below is a list of our distinguished researchers:
PHD, Leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology
PhD, Professor of Psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal
MD, FACP, FAAN, Director, Clinical Associate Professor at New York University School of Medicine
PhD, Researcher and Professor at California State University
PhD, Health Psychologist
PhD, Psychologist, Researcher & Speaker
PhD, Author, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology
PhD, Author, Researcher
Scott Barry Kaufman
PhD, M.Phil, Researcher, Author
PhD, Researcher, Psychologist at University of California
PhD, Professor, Researcher
PhD, Professor, Psychologist, Public Speaker, Family Man
Below is a list of our distinguished practitioners:
MAPP, Business Consultant and Leadership Coach
MAPP, Experienced coach, presenter and trainer
PhD, MAPP, Creative Director and CEO of Lifestyle Medicine Coaching and Training, LLC, a consultancy, and FitDance: Move2Love
MAPP, Sisu Researcher, Public Speaker and Entrepreneur
MBA, MAPP, Coach, Co-founder ad CEO of Noomii
MBA, MAPP, Organizational Development Specialist, teacher, coach, speaker, advisor and consultant helping others to flourish
MAPP, Researcher in resilience/well-being
MAPP, Head of Employer Branding & Recruiting Programs at Bertelsmann
MAPP, Childhood happiness and resilience expert
MAPP, Business Entrepreneur, Speaker, Consultant
MAPP, MEd, JD
Noémie Le Pertel
MS, MPH, MAPP
David J. Pollay