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About Christopher Peterson, Ph.D.

Christopher Peterson teaches "North of Neutral--The Master Class in Positive Psychology" by global teleconference from his office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chris is Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan and Templeton Senior Fellow at the Positive Psychology Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

He received his PhD. in social psychology from the University of Colorado and respecialized in clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a clinical psychology internship at the Philadelphia VAMC. One of the leading figures in positive psychology, Chris is a member of the Positive Psychology Steering Committee, a member of the board of directors of the Gallup Organization Positive Psychology Institute, a consulting editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology, and the positive psychology series editor of Oxford University Press.

He is the research director of the Values in Action (VIA) project, the most ambitious undertaking to date from the explicit vantage of positive psychology; the VIA project describes, classifies, and measures important strengths of character.

Chris is an award-winning teacher at the University of Michigan and holds the Arthur F. Thurnau Chair in honor of his teaching accomplishments. Among the world's 100 most widely-cited psychologists during the past twenty years, Chris is the co-author of Character Strengths and Virtues (2004) and the author of A Primer in Positive Psychology (2006).