EXPERTS

We seek out the best and the brightest minds–experts, research scientists and practitioners who share our passion for improving people’s lives–to create Happify’s tracks. Our list of experts continues to grow. Here is a sample of some of our contributors:

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Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D

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Dr. Lyubomirsky is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of the bestseller The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness, translated in 23 and 16 countries, respectively. Her research—on the possibility of lastingly increasing happiness—has received many honors, including the Templeton Positive Psychology Prize and a Science of Generosity grant.

Robert McGrath, Ph.D.

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Robert McGrath is Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is also a Senior Scientist for the VIA Institute on Character, and beginning in 2017 a member of the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association. He has authored over 200 presentations and publications, and has spoken extensively on the ontology and measurement of character, including presentations at Oxford University and the National Academy of Sciences.

Afton Hassett, Psy.D.

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Dr. Hassett is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. As a principal investigator at the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center, she conducts highly collaborative and innovative research related to exploring the role of cognitive, affective and behavioral factors in chronic pain populations.

Shawn Achor

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Where do we start? Shawn wrote international bestseller The Happiness Advantage. The same research made the cover of the Harvard Business Review, and has drawn more than 4 million views to his TEDx talk. The translation of Shawn’s wisdom into a Happify track turns his brilliant ideas into positive action.

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

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Among the most highly cited scholars in psychology, Dr. Fredrickson has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and her books, Positivity and Love 2.0 have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at UNC Chapel Hill, and is beginning her term as President of the International Positive Psychology Association.

Kwabena “Bobo” Blankson, M.D.

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A graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Medicine, Doctor Bobo studied neurodegenerative diseases, including the effects of positive environmental enrichment in Huntington's Disease and the role of spirituality in Parkinson's disease. His areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and chronic headaches. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and been featured in NYTimes.com, CNN.com, and Time.com.

Emma Seppala, Ph.D.

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Dr. Seppala is science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, author of The Happiness Track, and a leading expert on health psychology, wellbeing, and resilience. She founded the popular news site Fulfillment Daily and holds degrees from Yale, Columbia, and Stanford. Originally from Paris, France, she speaks French, English, German, Spanish & Mandarin Chinese.

Sharon Salzberg

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A meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author, Sharon is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. Sharon has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding retreats worldwide since 1974. She is the author of many books including Real Happiness and Lovingkindness.

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Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP

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Bestselling author of Creating Your Best Life, Positively Caroline and My Name is Caroline, Caroline coaches, teaches and speaks to audiences around the world about goals, flourishing and grit. Martin Seligman, the "father of Positive Psychology", said that Creating Your Best Life added "a major missing piece" to the world of coaching because of its ground-breaking connection between the science of happiness and the science of success.

Elizabeth A. Jackson M.D., MPH

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Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Women’s Heart Program at the University of Michigan. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. Dr. Jackson is a health services researcher with expertise in eHealth, physical activity, cardiovascular prevention, behavioral modification, and women’s health. Her expertise relates to implementation and clinical trial design related to eHealth; cardiovascular prevention; and health behavior change.

John Gottman Ph.D.

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Dr. John Gottman is world-renowned for his work that predicts marital stability and divorce. He was voted as one of the top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter century by the Psychotherapy Networker and has spent more than 40 years working with thousands of couples. He is the author of dozens of books, including the bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

Rick Hanson Ph.D.

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The titles of Rick Hanson's books tell you why we are thrilled to work with him: Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha's Brain, and Mother Nurture. He’s a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and publishes a newsletter, "Just One Thing", that has over 100,000 subscribers.

Derrick Carpenter MAPP

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A sought-after life coach who has counseled everyone from Fortune 500 executives to stay-at-home moms to U.S. Army Officers, Derrick created his Happify tracks to broaden access to his experience and techniques—which includes research in the psychology labs of Harvard and Yale. An athletic enthusiast, he was voted Most Inspirational by his college rowing team.

Michael Norton Ph.D.

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Michael Norton is a professor at the Harvard Business School and the co-author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. Dr. Norton understands, on a deep level what truly brings lasting happiness—and that insight is captured in his expert track. In 2012, he made Wiredmagazine’s Smart List as one of "50 People Who Will Change the World."

Ryan Niemiec Psy.D.

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A licensed psychologist, certified coach, and international workshop leader, Ryan is an adjunct professor at Xavier University and adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. He has led several hundred mindfulness meditation groups over the last decade, and is the creator of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP). He is Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character and author of a few books, including Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing

Margarita Tarragona Ph.D.

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A psychologist, coach, clinician, and organizational consultant who specializes in personal and relational transformation, Dr. Tarragona incorporates scientific findings on flourishing from positive psychology, with collaborative and narrative ways of working with clients to generate dialogue and expand their life stories. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago and is the author of Positive Identities: Positive Psychology and Narrative Practices.

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John Zelenski Ph.D.

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Dr. Zelenski is an Associate Professor of Psychology and directs the Carleton University Happiness Laboratory. He studies individual differences in happiness and how these unfold as momentary thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Most of this work has focused on the trait of introversion-extraversion or how people connect with nature. He has taught university courses on personality and positive psychology to rave reviews at Carleton, Washington University, and around the world (literally) with Semester at Sea.

Gretchen Rubin

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Gretchen has emerged as one of the most thought-provoking writers on the science of happiness. She is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times and international bestseller, The Happiness Project. It’s a riveting account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, incorporating the findings of current scientific studies, and living pop culture’s wisdom about the road to happiness.

Tina Chadda M.D.

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Dr. Chadda is a practicing psychiatrist, author, and mindfulness and wellness coach. She is affiliated with the University of Toronto as a lecturer, Immediate Past Chair of the Psychotherapy Section of the Ontario Psychiatric Association and a founding member of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. Most recently, the International Association of Health Care Professionals recognized her as a Top Doctor.

Itai Ivtzan Ph.D.

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Dr. Ivtzan is a positive psychologist, senior lecturer, and the program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London. His main areas of research are positive psychology, mindfulness, and spirituality. He's the author of Awareness is Freedom: The Adventure of Psychology and Spirituality and co-author of Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Science of Meditation and Wellbeing.

Elizabeth Dunn Ph.D.

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An associate professor of psychology at the University of British and co-author of Happy Money. Dr. Dunn has examined the role of adversity in creating the ability to savor, and the impact of helping others on our well-being. At age 26 she was featured as one of the "rising stars" across all academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Andrew Scheffer

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Andrew has the rare distinction of being both a former monk and a Wharton MBA. He's logged 10,000+ hours in mindfulness training over 25 years, including 8 years in monasteries around the world. He also spent 15 years in private banking and wealth management at firms like Morgan Stanley and UBS. With this background, he teaches people how to apply mindfulness in the business world and in all areas of our hectic daily lives.

Janice Marturano

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Janice is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and its impact on the cultivation of leadership excellence. She founded the Institute in 2011, after 15 years at General Mills. As a certified teacher of mindfulness and an experienced former senior officer of a Fortune 200 company, she has brought the intensive training of mindful leadership to all forms of organizations --corporate, non-profit, academic, government and military.

Kristen Race Ph.D.

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Kristen is the author of Mindful Parenting and founder of Mindful Life™. Her programs are rooted in the science of the brain with influences from the fields of mindfulness and positive psychology. She is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, a TEDx and keynote speaker, and has trained over 10,000 leaders in her methods worldwide. She received her Ph.D. in Child, Family and School Psychology from the University of Denver.

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Orin C. Davis Ph.D.

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Dr. Davis is the first person to earn a Ph.D. in positive psychology. Impressive, isn’t it? In his study he was mentored by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the pioneer in "flow experiences" — how to make the most out of the dynamics and activities of everyday life. Dr. Davis currently spends his time researching self-actualization flow, and creativity at the Quality of Life Laboratory.

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I’ve spent a good portion of my life serving individuals with chronic illness and witnessing them thrive in the face of adversity. My chronic illness track pulls from everything I’ve learned from patients, military service, leaders in medicine and positive psychology, and my personal journey. Chronic illness does not define you— live your best life in spite of it.
KWABENA "BOBO" BLANKSON, MD
The Happify sleep track is a focused, short-term program that makes state-of-the-art science on better sleep easily accessible. The recommendations should be helpful for people across the spectrum of sleep problems, from those who only experience mild impairment in attention or mood to those with quite significant sleep problems who might otherwise require more intense medical intervention.
JARED MINKEL
Through my Happify tracks, I aim to help employees learn the critical inner skills they need to flourish no matter what (or who) the challenge may be.
STELLA GRIZONT
Since findings from Positive Psychology have revealed that all success in life is preceded by emotional flourishing, I wanted to create tracks that together did two things that have been found to contribute to a meaningful, fulfilling life: setting and pursuing goals from an evidence-based perspective, and cultivating the character strengths that contribute to becoming authentically gritty.
CAROLINE MILLER
I am sure that anyone coping with PTSD will now have a much more robust hope of being able to enjoy everyday life more fully after completing our Happify track.
DR. PHILIP ZIMBARDO
Happify crafted my meditation track on the site with a rare combination of depth and a wonderful instinct for creativity, communication skill, and fun. All too often meditation offerings are authentic but ponderous, or inventive but shallow. I felt that happify got it just right, in a very unusual way, so that participants find the program both comprehensive and accessible.
SHARON SALZBERG
In my work coaching and teaching the skills of resilience, optimism, and positive psychology, I've been continually impressed by the inherent strength of the human spirit. With Happify I've been able to share many of the science-backed skills I've seen people use to grow through adversity and create lives rich in connection and purpose.
DERRICK CARPENTER