Suzann (“Suzie”) Pileggi Pawelski, MAPP, is a freelance writer and well-being consultant specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on relationships and health. Her 2010 Scientific American Mind cover story, “The Happy Couple” was the catalyst for the book Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love that Lasts that she co-wrote with her husband, James. Together, they give Romance and Research (TM) workshops around the world. She is a contributing editor for Live Happy and writes the “Science of Well-being” column for the national magazine. As a columnist for the Newsletter of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), she profiled many of the field’s leading scientists and featured their groundbreaking research in the publication. Previously, she directed award-winning media relations campaigns in New York City for Fortune 500 clients. Earlier in her career, she worked in publicity at Radio City Music Hall and as an associate producer for The Joan Rivers Show, where she featured leading health and medical authors on the Emmy Award-winning program. She has a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
James Pawelski, Ph.D., is the Director of Education and a Senior Scholar in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he co-founded the Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program with Martin Seligman. He is a recipient of Penn’s Liberal and Professional Studies Award for Distinguished Teaching in Professional Graduate Programs. The Founding Executive Director of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), he is currently leading a three-year, multi-million-dollar grant investigating connections between the science of well-being and the arts and humanities. Having earned a Ph.D. in philosophy, he is the author of The Dynamic Individualism of William James, and co-editor of The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies and On Human Flourishing: A Poetry Anthology. An international keynote speaker, he has presented in more than 20 countries on six continents, including Romance and Research (TM) workshops with his wife, Suzie. He is a recipient of the Practice Excellence Award from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, as well as the Humanitarian Innovation Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Culture from the Humanities Innovation Forum at the United Nations. He is frequently featured in the media, including the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Today Show.