Dan holds a PhD in psychology, an MFA in writing, and graduated from the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He is an assistant instructor for Martin Seligman in the MAPP program and recently co-published an article on the use of stories to promote positive interventions with James Pawelski, Director of Education and Senior Scholar at the Positive Psychology Center.
He writes for Psychology Today as an expert on group therapy and authors the daily column, Ask the Therapist, for PsychCentral.com as well as their Proof Positive blog on practical applications of positive psychology. Recently honored by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers on the topic of depression he is also the creator of Interactive-Behavioral Therapy and the Dare to be Happy experiential workshops at Kripalu. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at New Jersey City University and created the first Positive Psychology course to become a permanent full-term offering in New Jersey.
Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist’s Memoir is his latest book by Graywolf, and his plays Sticks, Stones and the R word, and Negatively Oriented Therapy won the 2010 and 2012 International play competition for RETHINK Theater Challenge, both premiered in New Zealand.
He recently joined the staff of ANSWERS.com as their expert on depression and is currently working on his next book: Dare to be Happy: Lessons from Unlikely Heroes.