Christopher Peterson

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Biographical Information

He died in 2012.

"Chris is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan and is one of the founders and leading figures in positive psychology. He is noted for his work in the study of optimism, health, character, and well-being. He is one of the 100 most cited psychologists in the world and is now Co-Director of the newly-established Michigan Positive Psychology Center.

"Chris is also a member of the MentorCoach faculty and regularly teaches courses in Positive Psychology. To learn about his course offerings (which can also be taken by recording), click here... Chris is widely regarded to be one of the seminal figures in Positive Psychology. He 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 was 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' VIA Survey of Signature Strengths has been taken by more than a million people throughout the globe. It has been translated into Chinese and Spanish as well.

"Chris has twice been named best teacher at the University of Michigan and in 2010 won the 2010 Golden Apple Award - the most prestigious teaching award at the University of Michigan. He is the author of more than 350 publications. He is the co-author of Character Strengths and Virtues (2004) and the author of the best-selling A Primer in Positive Psychology (2006). "[1]


Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch

  • Eric Karpinski ‎
  • Peterson, C., & Martin E.P. Seligman (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. New York: Oxford University Press/Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


  1. coachingtowardhappiness Christopher Peterson, organizational web page, accessed June 14, 2013.