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The Positive Psychology Leader Series features live webinars and audience Q&A with leading practitioners and researchers in the field.

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Featured speaker:

 

Why can’t you imagine me as good? Studying positive psychology in urban African American communities
with Jacqueline Mattis, Ph.D.

December 4th, 1:30pm – 2:30pm EST*

 

Abstract:
Historically social science research has conceived of urban settings as sites of stress and social disorder, and urban-residing African American youth and adults as people perpetually embedded in social disorder. Consistent with this narrow view of urban settings and urban-residing individuals, positive psychology has generally failed to attend to positive development among African American people living with the everyday complexities of urban life. This talk has three aims. First, I introduce a socioecological, transactional framework for exploring positive development among urban dwellers (SET-RS Urban; Mattis, Palmer, & Hope, 2019). This framework explores how positive and prosocial outcomes manifest and evolve within the unique sociopolitical, structural, and relational conditions that characterize city life. Second, I explore how the SET-RS framework reshapes our understandings of the factors that promote positive outcomes (e.g., compassion, optimism, altruism, forgiveness, love) among urban-residing African American youth and adults. Finally, I issue a challenge to positive psychology to move beyond acultural, apolitical, and acontextual approaches to positive human development. I assert that the failure to meet this challenge will limit positive psychology’s relevance in the decades ahead.

Bio:
Jacqueline S. Mattis, Ph.D. is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark. She earned her B.A. in psychology from New York University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of African American and Afri-Caribbean youth and adults, and on the factors that are associated with positive psychological and psychosocial development of urban-residing African Americans and AfriCaribbeans. In particular, she uses quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the factors that contribute to volunteerism, civic engagement, altruism, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, optimism, and positive parenting among urban-residing African American and Afri-diasporic people. She has co-authored numerous articles and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals. She co-authored (with collaborator Fulya Kurter) two books on counseling in the Turkish cultural context, including a handbook entitled “Culturally sensitive counseling from the perspective of Turkish practitioners” (Bahcesehir University Press). This handbook explores the topic of culture, cultural diversity and intercultural dynamics within Turkey as these issues apply to the practice of counseling. Among the honors she has received over her career are the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Association of Black Psychologists (2014); and NYU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Award (2011) for teaching excellence, leadership, social justice and community building. She has been recognized for her mentorship and teaching. She received the 2020 Paul M. Fitts Graduate Mentor Award from the University of Michigan Graduate Leadership Council) for outstanding mentorship of graduate students in Psychology, and the 2020 Cornerstone Award for unique contributions to enhancing the academic and social progress of African American students at the University of Michigan. She also received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities program (2019).

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Meet the Production Team

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP
Host, Positive Psychology Leader Series

Caroline is one of the world’s leading experts on the science behind successful goal setting and the use of ‘good grit’ to achieve hard things. Caroline used grit to help overcome her personal battle with bulimia, and today she has more than three decades of unbroken recovery. Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and teaches at Wharton Business School’s Executive Education program. Caroline is the author of six books, including Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013), Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009).

 

Jodi Wellman
Associate Producer, Positive Psychology Leader Series

Jodi Wellman is a co-founder of the coaching firm Happy Work Spectacular Life, where she helps individuals and companies create stunningly spectacular success through their work. Jodi is a leadership coach and consultant with 17 years of corporate experience spanning executive roles in operations, sales and customer retention.

Prior to starting Happy Spectacular, Jodi was Senior Vice President of Operations at a leading health and lifestyle organization. Jodi was also a Chair at Vistage International, where she led a private CEO advisory board and coached executives to improve bottom-line results, execution and leadership performance. She has successfully led strategic initiatives focused on culture development, growth/new business development, organizational change and restructuring, and has general management/P&L accountability.

Jodi is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with CTI and a Professional Certified Coach with ICF. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Athabasca University. Jodi and her firm work with Reebok, HCSC Blue Cross Blue Shield, Payday Loans, and a host of privately held financial services, REITs, and professional services firms.

Jodi brings to clients a corporate executive’s perspective and understanding of their issues, along with the coaching expertise that challenges clients out of their comfort zones in order to grow, think differently, get out of their own way, solve their issues, and win.

 

 

Webinar Archives

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Richard E. Boyatzis, Ph.D.

The Science of Effective Coaching

Judith Moskowitz, Ph.D., MPH

Harnessing Positive Emotion for Healthy Behavior Change

March 2020

Cynthia Pury, Ph.D.

Understanding and Fostering Courage

January 2020

Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

How and Why to Develop Character

December 2019

Jennifer Cheavens, Ph.D.

Hope Therapy

November 2019

Shelly Gable, Ph.D.

How to Celebrate the Good for Relationship Well-Being

September 2019

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

New Findings in the Science of Happiness

 May 2019

Diana Whitney, Ph.D.

The Power of Appreciative Inquiry and Leadership

March 2019

Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D.
The Context of Well-Being

February 2018

Ilona Boniwell, Ph.D.
Playing Positive Psychology

October 2017

Lea Waters, Ph.D.
Strength-Based Parenting

September 2017

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D
Character Strengths Research & Interventions

August 2017

John Helliwell, Ph.D.
Trust and Well-being

June 2017

Michael F. Steger, Ph.D.
Meaning In Life and Work

May 2017

Felicia Huppert, Ph.D.
Mindfulness and Compassion as Foundations for Well-being

February 2017

George Vaillant, M.D.
An Interview and Q&A with George Vaillant, M.D.

December 2016

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.
The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence

November 2016

Chiara Ruini, Ph.D.
Clinical Applications of Positive Psychology

June 2016

Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz, Ph.D.
Interview and Q&A about Why We Work

March 2016

James O. Pawelski, Ph.D.
Defining the “Positive” in Positive Psychology

December 2015

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Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

An Interview and Q&A

August 2015

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Steve Cole, Ph.D. and Janxin Leu, Ph.D., HopeLab

Positive Technology

August 2014

Hans Henrik Knoop, Ph.D.

How Positive Psychology Helps Revitalize Education

June 2014

Anthony Grant, Ph.D.

Anthony Grant, Ph.D.

Coaching As An Applied Positive Psychology

May 2014

Amy Wrzesniewski, Ph.D.

Amy Wrzesniewski, Ph.D.

Crafting Meaningful Work

May 2014

Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Ph.D.

Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Ph.D.

Using Positive Psychology to Achieve Optimal Outcomes

March 2014

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Stephen G. Post, Ph.D.

It’s Good to Be Good

January 2014

Shane Lopez, Ph.D.

Shane Lopez, Ph.D.

Making Hope Happen

May 2013

Richard Davidson, Ph.D.

Richard Davidson, Ph.D.

The Emotional Life of Your Brain

April 2013

Adam Grant, Ph.D.

Adam Grant, Ph.D.

Give and Take

April 2013

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

Love 2.0

(Archive not currently available)

March 2013

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

The Myths of Happiness (Interview)

February 2013

Robert Emmons, Ph.D.

Robert Emmons, Ph.D.

Gratitude Works

November 2012

Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D.

Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D.

How to Work with Righteous Minds

May 2012

Carmelo Vázquez, Ph.D.

Carmelo Vázquez, Ph.D.

Adversity, Resilience, and Positive Emotions

(Slides & Transcript Only)

February 2012

Robert Vallerand, Ph.D.

The Psychology of Passion

2011

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D.

Flow and the Quality of Life

(Slides Only)

2010

Ed Diener, Ph.D.

Ed Diener, Ph.D.

Question and Answer

2010

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

Using Positive Emotions to Enhance Human Flourishing

(Slides Only)

2009

Kim Cameron, Ph.D.

Kim Cameron, Ph.D.

Virtuousness and Organizational Success

2009

Martin Seligman, Ph.D.

Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D.

Positive Education

2008

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

The What, How, When, and Why of Happiness

2008