Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., is co-founder of the Global Meaning Institute and coauthor with Elaine Dundon of the international best-selling book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl's Principles for Discovering Meaning in Life and Work, available in over 20 languages and recently released in a 3rd, revised and expanded, edition. Prisoners of Our Thoughts is based on the wisdom of the world-renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, M.D., Ph.D., who personally urged Dr. Pattakos to write it. Pattakos and Dundon are also the coauthors of the award-winning, Greek-inspired book on the human quest for meaning, The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work, as well as are the co-creators of MEANINGology—the "study and practice of Meaning in life, work, and society."
A U.S. Army veteran with expertise in political science, psychology, and existential philosophy, Alex has been privileged to have worked internationally with all levels of government, including service to the White House under three presidents in the United States. He has also been an adviser to the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as was one of the initial faculty evaluators for the Innovations in American Government Awards Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His unique background includes being a former therapist and mental health administrator, as well as a full-time professor of public and business administration, including graduate program head. Now as cofounder of the Global Meaning Institute, Dr. Pattakos is helping to lead the meaning revolution through his advising, speaking, teaching, and writing about MEANINGology and how to bring meaning to life, work, and society.