James Pawelski, Ph.D.


JAMES PAWELSKI, Ph.D., is Professor of Practice and Director of Education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania where he co-founded the Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program with Martin Seligman in 2005.  The Founding Executive Director of IPPA, he is currently leading a three-year, multi-million-dollar grant investigating connections between the science of well-being and the arts and humanities. In collaboration with Penn’s Campaign for Wellness, he recently launched a new interdisciplinary undergraduate course called “The Pursuit of Happiness” to help teach students how to increase their well-being. An award-winning teacher and international keynote speaker, who regularly makes presentations in Spanish as well as English, he has given talks in more than 20 countries on 6 continents, including “Romance and Research” (TM) workshops with his wife Suzie. He is frequently featured in major U.S. and international media, including the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time magazine, U.S. News and World Report, People’s Daily (China), El Norte (Mexico), and has appeared on various television networks such as NBC (The Today Show), Globo, Univisión, and Toronto Public Television.