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Alumni Stories

Special announcement for the 2022-23 MAPP year: We are currently working to make a decision on the format of the MAPP program for the 2022-23 academic year. As a global program, with approximately 30% of each class coming from outside the U.S., it is important that we ensure travel to campus is safe for everyone before returning to a hybrid model with on-campus classes. We also need to ensure we are following Penn’s COVID policies, as well as the public health guidelines of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Please check back here in early 2022 for an official announcement. Thank you for your patience.

Alumni of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program are transforming their communities and their workplaces around the world in a myriad of roles. They are improving the effectiveness of project teams and managers, encouraging patient self-efficacy and using positive interventions in healthcare settings, creating strategies as human resources professionals, leading educational institutions and fostering positive peacekeeping in the United Nations. Read our stories below to learn more about how the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program has helped students create fully engaging lives and careers.

Dawaine Cosey
Dawaine Cosey, 2020 Fellowship Recipient

Director of Culture and Empowerment, Ron Brown Preparatory High School

See how Dawaine plans to take the positive psychology approaches he’s been using with his secondary school students and evolve them into programs for underserved students in higher education.
Frank Jackson, 2020 Fellowship Recipient
Frank Jackson, 2020 Fellowship Recipient

English/Spanish teacher, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Frank Jackson enrolled in the MAPP program to bring the language of positive psychology to the Black community, and in his capstone research will explore the stigma associated with clinical psychology, especially for men of color.
Maggie Yue Zhao, PhD
Maggie Yue Zhao, PhD, 2020 Bei Shan Tang Scholarship Recipient

Director of the Teaching and Learning Evaluation and Measurement Unit, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Maggie Yue Zhao enrolled in the MAPP program to continue her lifelong commitment of making a positive impact on the greater community.
Martín Blank, 2018 Fellowship Recipient

Founder and Director, The Astronauts Social Emotional Learning Programs

Explore Martín’s classroom applications of social emotional learning, such as mindful breathing exercises.
Chief Happiness and Well-being Officer at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)
Noof Mohammed Al Jenibi, MAPP ‘18

Chief Happiness and Well-being Officer, United Arab Emirates University
Head of Research Unit, Emirates Research Center for Happiness

Learn how Noof puts positive psychology into practice at United Arab Emirates University’s Center for Happiness Research.
Jenn Beatty, MAPP ‘18

Research Coordinator, Wharton People Analytics

Discover the line of inquiry that motivates Jenn to build on her master’s research and pursue a PhD in psychology.
Brianna Booth, MAPP ‘11
Brianna Booth, MAPP ‘11

Director of Positive Sexuality, Stanford University

Brianna turned to the MAPP program to learn how to develop a new model for sex education where sexual well-being is seen as an integral dimension of our humanity.
Christina Cheuk, MAPP ‘19

Director of Inclusion and Diversity, McMaster-Carr Supply Company

See what positive psychology tools and techniques Christina was able to apply in her role as Director of Inclusion and Diversity.
Scott Clewis, MAPP ‘19

Trial Attorney, Clewis & Associates 

Join Scott in exploring the potential positive psychology has to transform high-stress professions such as law and medicine.
Evelina Fredriksson, MAPP ‘19

Founder, Swedish Institute of Positive Psychology

Learn how Evelina champions the power of applied positive psychology in her work as a teacher and facilitator across three continents.
Joseph Glaser-Reich plans to apply positive psychology to support fellow maritime rescue specialists
Joseph Glaser-Reich, MAPP ‘18

Aviation Survival Technician

See how Joseph Glaser-Reich plans to apply positive psychology to support fellow maritime rescue specialists.
Dr. Julie Haizlip, MAPP ‘14
Dr. Julie Haizlip, MAPP ‘14

Clinical Professor, University of Virginia School of Nursing

See how positive psychology helped Julie enhance the work she was already doing in interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
John Hollway, MAPP ‘18

Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Find out how Executive Director John Hollway used positive psychology techniques to benefit the Quattrone Center at Penn.
Eunbit Hwang, MAPP ’14

PhD student in management and organizations ‘21—expected

Experience the MAPP program through Eunbit, a full-time international student whose research focuses on culture and well-being.
Nico Rose, PhD, MAPP ’14

Vice President of Employer Branding and Talent Acquisition, Bertelsmann

Learn how Nico, a leader in Europe’s largest media company, helps clients and employees manage emotions in the workplace.
Patrick Sweeney, MAPP ’14

Consultant and best-selling author

Discover how Patrick, an expert in leadership communications, coaches baby boomers through new careers and life stages.
Chad Thomas
Chad Thomas

Area Vice President, West, BetterUp

The MAPP program came at the perfect time for Chad, both personally and professionally, and through his work, writing, and speaking sessions, he’s welcoming others into his positive psychology bubble.
Rosalinda Ballesteros Valdes, MAPP '15

Director of the Institute of Happiness Sciences, Universidad Tecmilenio 

Explore Rosalinda’s inclusion of positive psychology in high school curricula in Monterrey, Mexico.
Elizabeth Weight, MAPP ‘18

Director of Communications, Utah Department of Transportation

Learn how Elizabeth, a public servant with a passion for bodybuilding, applies positive psychology to promote well-being in her personal network and statewide.

MAPP alumni directory

Many Master of Positive Psychology graduates are listed on our MAPP Alumni Directory. If you are looking for speakers, authors, teachers, consultants, coaches, therapists, or a variety of other roles, use this resource to get in touch.


Program format

Learn more abot MAPP's innovative hybrid program delivery model.

Am I eligible to apply?

Admission to the master's program is highly selective. Learn more about applicant qualifications.

Courses and curriculum

History, theory, research, and professional application—completed in one year of full-time study.