Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D.

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D.

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified coach, author, and international workshop leader. His specialty areas include: character strengths, mindfulness meditation, and psychology portrayed in movies. Ryan’s highest character strengths are hope, curiosity, fairness, appreciation of beauty, love, perspective, and honesty.

  • Education Director of VIA Institute on Character, a nonprofit organization in Cincinnati, Ohio that educates individuals about the science and practice of character strengths. VIA is considered a leading organization in positive psychology and the worldwide leader on the science of character strengths.
  • Ryan currently leads online workshops on the practice of character strengths for practitioners in business, psychology, coaching, and education. In 2011, these workshops reached individuals in 35 countries. He is a regular speaker at international and national conferences.
  • Ryan has had the privilege of helping people in a variety of settings, including a weight management program, pain center, psychology & religion program, correctional facility, homeless shelter, neuropsychology clinic, general outpatient clinic, psychiatric hospital, rural clinic, and a primary care clinic.
  • Ryan is the creator of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP), an innovative 8-week program that integrates the best practices of mindfulness and character strengths.
  • Ryan is author of a few books including two books in 2013 Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing and Positive Psychology at the Movies 2: Using Films to Build Character Strengths and Well-Being.
  • Ryan is Associate Editor of the journal PsycCRITIQUES, the official review journal of the American Psychological Association that publishes scholarly reviews of contemporary psychology books and films. Ryan is a consulting editor for Psychology of Popular Media Culture – an APA, peer-reviewed journal.
  • Ryan is an Adjunct Professor in psychology at Xavier University and has guest lectured for numerous universities including University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, Universidad Iberoamericana, University of Cincinnati, and the College of Mount Saint Joseph.
  • In 2011, Ryan received the award for Distinguished Early Career Applied/Research Contribution from the American Psychological Association (Division 46, Media).

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This blog focuses on what is best in human beings. It trends toward experiences and expressions that are universal, namely the experience of mindfulness and the use of character strengths. Personal stories and examples of practices, applications derived from science, and movie examples will be used to illustrate key ideas and themes.

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