EMMA SEPPÄLÄ, Ph.D is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016). She is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today, and MindBodyGreen.
Her work and research have been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Elle Magazine, CBSNews, Boston Globe, Oprah, Fast Company, U.S. World and News Report, Business Insider, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Inc, Huffington Post, ABC News, WTNH and Huffington Post Live. Her research on yoga-based breathing for military veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan was highlighted in a documentary called Free the Mind by award-winning filmmaker Phie Ambo as well as Amy Cuddy's New York Times bestselling book Presence and Representative Tim Ryan's book Mindful Nation. She is also featured in the documentary film The Altruism Revolution.
She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fulfillment Daily, a news site dedicated to the science of happiness.
A sought-after speaker on the science of happiness and resilience, she has spoken at TedX Sacramento, Google, Apple, Facebook, Bain & Co, Ernst & Young, and United States Congressional Hearing. She also consults with Fortune 500 leaders and employees on building a positive organization.
She is the recipient of a number of research grants and service awards including the James W. Lyons Award from Stanford University for founding Stanford’s first academic class on the psychology of happiness and teaching many well-being programs for Stanford students.
She received a B.A in Comparative Literature from Yale University, a Master’s Degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. She completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Originally from Paris, France, she speaks five languages: French, English, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Outside of her experiences in the US, she has worked in France and China.