Lead Researcher & Finder-Outer
Location: Boulder, CO
What I do:
My role is to help provide CEPP subscribers simple access to the latest research on well-being — to keep positive psychology practitioners and enthusiasts in the know!
As a keynote speaker, coach and trainer, I’m deeply passionate about helping individuals and organizations flourish (see www.brioatwork.com). For nearly a decade, I’ve taught people around the globe, ranging from African villagers to NCOs in the U.S. Army, empirically-validated cognitive-behavioral skills, performance enhancement techniques and positive psychology applications that foster mental toughness, improve relationships, build greater vitality and enhance well-being. I’ve worked with organizations such as the Wharton Business School, the University of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army — as well as various organizations within Australia. On a more personal note, I’m a professional photographer (www.agoodcamera.com) and a bit of a world traveler — at 44 countries and counting.
At the time when I learned about the topic of resilience and the field of positive psychology, I had just gone through a divorce and worked in California as a graphic designer. I didn’t have the easiest life early on, so when I learned that the research on resilience began with youth who thrived despite growing up in tough circumstances, it struck something deeply familiar within me. It was at that moment that I decided I’d stop at nothing to be a part of this new field. I quit my full-time job in Cali, moved back to my home state of Pennsylvania and started volunteering on a research project with Karen Reivich and Jane Gillham. Later, I worked with Angela Duckworth on her research with Grit. From there, I landed a full-time position at the University of Pennsylvania as a research manager on a mindfulness study. I then applied to the MAPP program, and the rest is history.
I’m a woman who loves Jesus, so I begin my day by either praying or reading the Bible.
A Little Known Fact About Me…
I have an affinity for vintage Volkswagens, especially Samba Buses.