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About Dr. Karen Reivich

Karen Reivich

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 Psychology.

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).