Karen Reivich

Director of Resilience and Positive Psychology Training Programs


Dr. Karen Reivich is the Director of Training Programs for the Penn Positive Psychology Center. She is the lead instructor and curriculum developer for the Penn Resilience Programs. Dr. Reivich is also an instructor in the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP). She has a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Reivich is a leading expert in the fields of resilience, depression prevention and Positive Psychology. She has extensive experience in the science and training of resilience and Positive Psychology principles. She has co-authored two books on resilience and optimism, has published extensively in peer reviewed scholarly journals, and edited books in the areas of Positive Psychology and resilience. Dr. Reivich has more than 25 years of experience developing and delivering resilience and Positive Psychology programs to educators. She has been the lead instructor for more than 200 Penn Resilience Programs that have included approximately 10,000 people. She has supervised the delivery of more than 300 Penn Resilience Programs to numerous organizations, including schools, the U.S. Army, and a professional sports organization.

Dr. Reivich’s work focuses on helping parents, educators, and leaders to promote resilience and well-being in adolescents and adults. For 20 years, she was a Co-Principal Investigator of several research studies of the Penn Resilience Programs funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Reivich’s scholarly publications have appeared in academic journals including Psychological Science, Journal of Early Adolescence, School Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She is a co-author of the books The Optimistic Child and The Resilience Factor.

Dr. Reivich and her work have been featured in a variety of news and media outlets including Oprah, Prime Time Live, The Early Show, ABC Nightly News, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Parenting Magazine, The New York Times, US News and World Report, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, US Today, and The Orlando Sentinel.


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Article: Five Lessons COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Resilience

Podcast: Bolster Your Resilience

Podcast: NPR Forum, Meeting the Challenges of Midlife

Podcast: Building Resilience and Well-Being, with Karen Reivich

Video: Resilience Strategies for Public Safety

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Video: Dr. Reivich Discusses the Penn Resilience Program

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Book: The Resilience Factor, by Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte

Book: The Optimistic Child, by Martin Seligman, Karen Reivich, Lisa Jaycox, and Jane Gillham