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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

C'mon get happy! Monday 4/10, Acacia Parks, Ph.D, a renowned authority and Hiram College professor who teaches classes on the science of happiness, joins Janeane at 9:15am pst! Dr. Parks serves as Happify's chief scientist and also conducts original research on positive interventions in everyday behavior—and their ability to transform lives.

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Acacia Parks, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hiram College. Her research focuses on the efficacy of positive interventions, and the psychological and behavioral characteristics of individuals who use them. She is also interested in ambulatory assessment, and in particular, the use of smartphone technology as an assessment and intervention tool. Most recently, she has begun examining the effects of positive interventions on objective measures such as physical activity level and sleep quality.

Acacia serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology, where she was guest editor of a special issue on Positive Psychology in Higher Education; the special issue was released as a book by Taylor & Francis. She is also co-editor of a positive psychology teaching activities book, published through APA Press, and is co-editor of a volume with Wiley-Blackwell entitled "The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions." She is an active teacher of both psychology - including positive psychology, abnormal and clinical psychology, and research methods - as well as critical writing.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology.

When she is not professorizing, Acacia spends time with her partner, CS, his two children, Callie (age 14) and Conrad (age 11), and her new baby, Cassandra. They live on a small farm in rural NE Ohio, where they raise pigs, goats, rabbits, and poultry (ducks, geese, and chickens).


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