About Dr. Karen
Dr. Karen Reivich is the co-director of the Penn Resiliency
Project and a research associate in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of
Pennsylvania. Dr. Reivich is also an instructor in the Masters of Applied
Positive Psychology program in which she teaches a course on Positive
Psychology and Individuals.
She is a leader in the field of depression prevention,
resilience, positive psychology interventions and school-based intervention
research. Together with Drs. Seligman and Jaycox, and Gillham, Reivich is a
co-author of the book "The Optimistic Child" and co-authored
"The Resilience Factor" with Dr. Andrew Shatte´. In addition, Dr.
Reivich has a coaching practice and provides consultation to organizations
around the themes of resilience, optimism, and strength development.
Dr. Reivich completed her B.A. and her Ph.D. at the University
of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reivich's current work focuses on helping parents and
educators to promote well-being in children and adolescents. She is one of the
lead authors of the Penn Resiliency Program for Adolescents and a parallel
program for parents. During the past 15 years, she has been the co-director of
studies of PRP, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She is also
a co-author of a high school Positive Psychology curriculum and a Co-Principal
Investigator on a Department of Education-funded study of that curriculum.
Dr. Reivich has conducted workshops and trainings for parents,
educators, clinicians, and corporations throughout the US and internationally.
She lectures extensively on the topics of resilience, optimism, and Positive
Dr. Reivich's scholarly publications have appeared in academic
journals including Psychological Science,
Journal of Early Adolescence, School Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal
Child Psychology, and Journal of
Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Reivich has also been featured in numerous consumer
publications including The New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine and US News
and World Report and has been a guest on several television programs
including Oprah and Prime Time Live.
Dr. Reivich puts her work to practice every day as the mother of
four children: Jacob and Aaron (age 12), Jonathan (age 10) and Shayna (age 5).