Positive Psychology Center

Positive Psychology Center

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field 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.

The mission of the Positive Psychology Center (PPC) at the University of Pennsylvania is to promote research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology. The PPC is internationally recognized for empirical studies in Positive Psychology and resilience. The Center’s scholars are world-renowned experts in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, and grit. The Center established the world’s first Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP). We offer state-of-the-art training programs in Positive Psychology and resilience for educational institutions, the U.S. Army, and other organizations around the world.

Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman is the Director of the Center and a Professor of Psychology. He is a leading authority in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism. He is also an expert on interventions that prevent depression, and build strengths and well-being. He has written more than 250 scholarly publications and about 20 books.

The Positive Psychology Center is located at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Martin Seligman is the director of the center and Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology.

The center promotes research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive.



Web MD Mental Health

webMDWebMD has a vast resource of Mental Health resources at your fingertips.  There are Expert Blogs, Community Help (such as WebMD Depression Help, WebMD Schizophrenia Help and so on) and ways to find a Doctor.


There are a plethora of ideas, thoughts and links to explore on Web MD Mental Health.  There are quizzes, articles, slideshows, and even videos to help you with your Mental Health needs.



Minds on the Edge

Minds on the edgeMINDS ON THE EDGE: Facing Mental Illness is a multi-platform media project that explores severe mental illness in America.

The centerpiece of the project was a television program that aired on PBS stations in October 2009. This video component was part of a national initiative that includes extensive web content with tools for civic engagement, active social media on Facebook and Twitter, and an ambitious strategy to engage citizens, professionals in many fields, and policy makers at all levels of government. The goal was to advance consensus about how to improve the kinds of support and treatment available for people with mental illness.



Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)

UCI MIND seeks to conduct research to enhance the quality of life for the elderly by identifying factors and life-style approaches that promote successful brain aging. Toward this end, the Institute facilitates and coordinates a number of activities, some of which are listed below:

  • Recruit subjects to maintain a research cohort of memory disorder patients, mild cognitively impaired patients, Down syndrome patients, and healthy elderly control subjects.
  • Follow patients longterm to evaluate their clinical and neuropsychological health.
  • Provide investigators with biological resources such as human brain tissue, serum, DNA and cerebrospinal fluid from well-characterized clinical subjects.
  • Cultivate community-based AD-related programs and transmit new information to community professionals and the general public.
  • Sponsor seminars and meetings to promote scholarship and information exchange.
  • Pursue resource development to stimulate research through individual and collaborative grants.
  • Train and educate the next generation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of brain aging and neurodegeneration.
  • Develop and maintain common facilities.
  • Develop a base of community supporters to facilitate fundraising.
  • Support interdisciplinary, investigator-initiated research and recruit and train the next generation of investigators.



Our Sponsor

Every Day Health

EverydayHealth.com is a leading provider of online health information. We’re here to help you manage your own and your family’s conditions and overall well-being through personalized advice, tools, and communities. We’re committed to bringing you the most credible and relevant health information available online, and to giving you the best possible user experience. Our information is easy to understand and incorporate into your life every day. There’s much to explore on EverydayHealth.com!



Neuropsychological Assessment Need Tool (NANT)

The Neuropsychological Assessment Need Tool (NANT) is a quick and easy to use online application to help assess the need for a neuropsychological assessment.



A Guide to Psychology and Its’ Practice

An uncommon sense approach to some common questions and concerns about the practice of clinical psychology by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D.

This site discusses many issues, from fear of flying, to what the DSM-IV codes mean, to self-help and stress management.



Cognitive Behavior Therapy Self-Help Resources

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has been proven to help mental health problems.  This website offers CBT self-help information, resources and tools, including therapy worksheets.

CBT helps an individual make sense of their current problems, whilst understanding the influences of past experiences, using a diagrammatic representation or “formulation” which directs the treatment.  This formulation may be highly individualized and more complex for severe problems, but may also include more simple vicious cycles when looking at what is helping to keep the problem going today.