University of Pennsylvania, USA
Dr Acacia Parks is an Associate Professor at Hiram College and Chief Scientist at Happify. Dr. Parks' research focuses on self-help methods for increasing well-being via books and digital technology, with an emphasis on both self-reported emotional outcomes, and objective/observable outcomes such as physical health indicators and workplace behavior. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Reed College, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received training in psychological assessment, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders. While at Penn, she also attended beginning and advanced seminars in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Her graduate research helped build the foundation for research on bringing well-being interventions to the general public, and her expertise in this area is affirmed by numerous articles in scientific journals, three edited books, and Associate Editorship at the Journal of Positive Psychology. She is currently Chief Scientist for tech startup Happify, which brings cutting edge research-based well-being interventions to consumers, large employers, and health plans.