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Positive Psychology Research

Project Leader(s)

Martin E.P. Seligman, Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology, Director, Positive Psychology Center
University of Pennsylvania


University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)


These grants helped to establish the Positive Psychology Center. Positive Psychology is the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The Center promotes research, training, and education. The field of Positive Psychology 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.

Grant Amount:
Start Date:
January 2001
End Date:
August 2007
Grant ID:
1605, 11286

Suite of 2 separate grants totaling $2,199,500

Other Participants

Senior Fellows:

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, C.S. and D.J. Davidson Professor of Psychology and Management, Director, Quality of Life Research Center
Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, California)

Ed Diener
Department of Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, Illinois)

Christopher Peterson
Department of Psychology
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

George Valliant
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Junior Fellows and Visiting Scholars:

Roy Baumeister, Social Psychology Area Director and Francis Eppes Eminent Scholar
Department of Psychology
Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida)

Richard Easterlin
Department of Economics
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California)

Robert Frank, Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management
Department of Economics
Cornell University (Ithaca, New York)

Barbara Frederickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)

Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education
Graduate School of Education
Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Carol Graham
School of Public Policy
University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics
The Brookings Institution (Washington, DC)

Samuel Ho
Department of Psychology
University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Daniel Kahneman, Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology
Woodrow Wilson School
Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey)

Laura A. King
Department of Psychological Sciences
University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri)

Richard Layard, Lord Layard of Highgate, Emeritus Professor of Economics
Director, Centre for Economic Performance
London School of Economics (London, United Kingdom)

Kenneth I. Pargament
Department of Psychology
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio)

Nansook Park
Department of Psychology
University of Rhode Island (Kingston, Rhode Island)

Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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