Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.

Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D., is Science Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. She is the author of The Happiness Track.

She obtained her BA from Yale, her MA from Columbia University and her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. 

In addition to her work at Stanford, she founded Fulfillment Daily (www.fulfillmentdaily.com), a magazine on science-based news for a happier life. She is also a popular Psychology Today blogger and contributor to a number of press outlets such as Scientific American Mind, the Huffington Post, Mindful and Spirituality & Health magazines. She often teaches Science of Well-being workshops in university and corporate setting and is a speaker with BrightSight group.

Emma's areas of expertise are health psychology, well-being, and resilience. She has examined the impact of meditation on happiness, social connection, and compassion. She has also investigated the effects of yoga-based interventions for combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder. She is the recipient of a number of grants and awards including the James W. Lyons Award awarded by Stanford University for service to the Stanford campus: she helped found Stanford's first class on the Psychology of Happiness and taught a large number of well-being programs for students. Dr. Seppala’s research has been cited in numerous television and news outlets including ABC News and The New York Times and she is quoted in books such as Congressman Tim Ryan's Mindful Nation and Fran Hamilton’s Goodness to Go: A Handbook for Humanitarians. Her research on yoga-based interventions for veterans was highlighted in a documentary "Free the Mind" by award-winning filmmaker Phie Ambo. Emma often consults and gives talks on the psychology of health and well-being to academic, corporate, and governmental institutions including places such as Google, the National Science Foundation, and a US Congressional Hearing.

Originally from Europe, she speaks five languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Mandarin).

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