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Karen Reivich

Director of Training Programs for the Penn Positive Psychology Center

Karen Reivich is the Director of Resilience and Positive Psychology Training at the Positive Psychology Center of the University of Pennsylvania where she also serves as an instructor for the Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program. She is a leader in the fields of resilience and positive psychology and travels the globe delivering customized workshops and providing consultation to organizations looking to create and maintain resilient and thriving organizations.


Dr. Reivich completed her B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reivich’s work focuses on helping educators, organizations, healthcare professionals, the US Army and first responders promote resilience and well-being in themselves and those they serve. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Education.


Dr. Reivich’s scholarly publications have appeared in a variety of academic journals including Psychological Science, Journal of Early Adolescence, School Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She is a co-author of the books The Optimistic Child and The Resilience Factor.

>Panel on Wellbeing and Positive Universities with:

  • Facilitated by Dominic Randolph, Deputy Chair IPEN; Head of School, Riverdale Country School

  • Roy Baumeister, Professor, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Social Psychologist

  • Laurence Steinberg, Professor of Psychology at Temple University

This panel presentation and discussion will look at new research and insights on how school cultures can support student thriving from Professor Laurence Steinberg, Dr. Karen Reivich. and Professor Roy Baumeister. The panel will consist of short individual presentations with a brief group discussion. We hope that there will be ideas that will prompt an evaluation of school cultures and some ideas that could be translated into action by practitioners. 

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