Alejandro Adler

Director of International Education, Positive Psychology Center
Education, Skills, and Well-being

Alejandro Adler is the Director of International Education at the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He works under the leadership of Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology. His research focuses on well-being, education, skills, and public policy. Currently, Alejandro is working with the governments of various countries, including Bhutan, Nepal, India, Mexico, Peru, the UAE, Australia, Jordan, and Colombia to infuse curricula across schools in these countries with Positive Psychology skills and to measure the impact of these interventions on youth well-being. He has published a number of articles in both scholarly and non-academic outlets, and he frequently speaks at international conferences and gatherings.

Originally from Mexico, Alejandro has a B.A. in psychology, a B.Sc. in economics, an M.A. in psychology, and a Ph.D. in psychology, all from the University of Pennsylvania. Alejandro has worked as a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy, a think tank dedicated to channeling philanthropic funds to where they can have the most social impact. He also frequently advises international organizations, including The World Bank, The United Nations, the OECD, among others. He is currently one of 60 members of the United Nation's International Well-being Expert Group – a group of leading international experts from distinct disciplines who are working with the United Nations to create a New Development Paradigm based on well-being, which went into effect in 2015 when the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expired and became the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr. Adler's Curriculum Vitae

Links to Dr. Adler's international work:

In English:

Positive Education

Happiness: Transforming the Development Landscape: Definition of Terms (Chapter 2)

Happiness: Transforming the Development Landscape: Psychological Wellbeing (Chapter 7)

Video: United Nations High-Level Meeting on Income and Happiness  (40:15 - 46:10)

Teaching Well-Being Increases Academic Performance: Evidence from Bhutan, Mexico, And Peru

Gross National Happiness and Positive Education in Bhutan

Penn Study Finds Well Being Necessary Part of Public Policy Agenda

Using Well Being for Public Policy: Theory, Measurement, and Recommendations

Gross National Happiness in Bhutan: A Living Example of an Alternative Approach to Progress

The Power of Mindfulness

A Multidimensional Approach to Measuring Well Being in Students: Application of the PERMA Framework

Assessing Employee Wellbeing in Schools Using a Multifaceted Approach: Associations with Physical Health, Life Satisfaction, and Professional Thriving

In Spanish:

Biografía en español

Educación positiva: educando para el éxito académico y para la vida plena

Las emociones son un ingrediente esencial para crear un ecosistema de aprendizaje

Hacer una mini-Bután en Quillota servirá para demostrar que el bienestar importa

Quillota puede ser un modelo para Chile

Educación positiva: Bután y el mundo

La experiencia de la educación positiva en el mundo

Conferencia sobre educación positiva en la Universidad Iberoamericana

El bienestar como un nuevo paradigma de desarrollo (3:17:50 - 4:00:40)