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Martin E.P. Seligman, Principal Investigator

Martin E.P. SeligmanMartin E.P. Seligman works on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism. He is currently Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Positive Psychology Center. He was elected President of the American Psychological Association in 1996 by the largest vote in history.

Dr. Seligman's bibliography includes twenty-one books and over 250 articles. Among his better-known works are the best-selling Authentic Happiness (Free Press, 2002), Learned Optimism (Knopf, 1991), What You Can Change & What You Can't (Knopf, 1993), The Optimistic Child (Houghton Mifflin, 1995), Helplessness (Freeman, 1975, 1993), and Character Strengths & Virtues (2004) with Christopher Peterson. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages. His next book is the Search for Well Being, which will be published this winter (Simon and Schuster).

Dr. Seligman is the recipient of three Distinguished Scientific Contribution awards from the American Psychological Association, the Laurel Award of the American Association for Applied Psychology and Prevention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and the first Wiley Psychology Lifetime Award of the British Academy.

He received his A.B., Princeton University, Summa Cum Laude (Philosophy), 1964; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Psychology), 1967; Ph.D., Honoris causa, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1989; Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris causa, Massachusetts College of Professional Psychology, 1997; Ph.D., Honoris causa, Complutense University, Spain, 2003; and Ph.D., Honoris causa, University of East London, 2006.

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