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Ryan Niemiec Receives Award

By on August 12, 2011 – 12:36 pm  2 Comments

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We are happy to air the news we received from Dr. Pauline Wallin, President of Media Psychology for the American Psychological Association that Ryan Niemiec has just received the award described below. In addition to other publications, Ryan writes for Positive Psychology News Daily, especially the Positive Psychology Oscar Nominations for 2009 (Honorable Mention), 2009 (Top Winners), and 2010 (Top Winners). We look forward to his nominations for 2011.

Here’s the citation as we received it from Dr. Wallin:

Last Friday (August 5), Ryan Niemiec received an award from APA Division of Media Psychology. The award was for Distinguished Early Career/Applied Research Contribution, based on his research and writing on the portrayal of positive psychology in film.

Ryan Niemiec

Ryan Niemiec

Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec is a licensed psychologist and international workshop leader.

He is Education Director of VIA Institute on Character, an internationally recognized, nonprofit organization in Cincinnati that bridges the science and practice of character strengths and positive psychology.

Ryan is co-author with Daniel Wedding of Positive psychology at the movies: Using films to build virtues and character strengths (2008) and Movies And Mental Illness: Using Films To Understand Psychopathology
(also with Mary Ann Boyd), as well as a number of book chapters and articles.

He is Associate Editor of the APA journal PsycCRITIQUES, which publishes scholarly reviews of contemporary psychology books and films.

Within Division 46 (Media Psychology) Ryan has served as Program Chair for the D46 APA Convention programming, and is currently Chair of the Media Watch Committee.

Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Niemiec for his accomplishments!


  • Congratulations to Ryan. He deserves the accolades for finding new ways to help people connect to their strengths.

  • Dr. ZIna Suissa says:

    You are so deserving of the award from the APA.
    Your course recently given through the VIA was truly inspirational.
    Keep up your research. It will prove of great benefit.
    Best regards,
    Dr. ZIna Suissa

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