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Dan's passion is positive psychology.

While traditional psychology focuses on our weaknesses, positive psychology focuses on our strengths, cultivating our best selves so we can lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.
This is the science of happiness.

Dan is an American counseling psychologist, writer, and professor and the Academic Director and core faculty at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University.  He holds a Ph.D. in psychology, MFA in writing, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and was formerly the Director of the New York City Certification in Positive Psychology for the New York Open Center. He is also a Review Editor for Frontiers in Psychology special section Positive Psychology.

A licensed counseling psychologist with over 25 years as an experienced clinician, he is the creator of Interactive-Behavioral Therapy, the most widely used form of group therapy for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities. 

Dan is also the author of several books, including American Snake Pit and Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist's Memoir.


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The Positivity Effect

Simple CBT Skills to Transform Anxiety & Negativity Into Optimism & Hope

What if you could shift your anxiety and worry and start living with more expansiveness, hope, and happiness?


Learn to apply powerful evidence-based principles of positive psychology, CBT skills, and hope and optimism to your life.


The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman

In this episode, Scott talks to Dan Tomasulo about psychodrama and learned hopefulness. Interventions have always focused on helping people recover from trauma but Dan believes we can do more than that through psychodrama. When we re-enact difficult experiences, we can process and integrate trauma in a way that facilitates growth. It also teaches us to perceive obstacles differently, which is integral to learning hopefulness.
Dan Tomasulo || Psychodrama & Learned Hopefulness

Dan Tomasulo || Psychodrama & Learned Hopefulness

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