As an extension to teaching, Emily gives workshops and consults with organizations on how to increase employee satisfaction, teamwork, leadership, and communication. Most recently, Emily consulted for the U.S. Government’s HealthCorps, the Jewish Federation International, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International.
As a UCLA Bruin, Emily created, proposed, and taught the first UCLA Positive Psychology course, Happiness. She also co-taught the Psychology of Human Motivation with distinguished psychologist and Social Attribution Theorist, Dr. Bernard Weiner. Emily worked as a researcher alongside psychologists Martin Seligman, Sonja Lyubomirsky, and Angela Duckworth, and as a marriage and family analyst at the UCLA Relationship Institute. She has conducted Gratitude and Food research with Health Psychologist Dr. Janet Tomiyama of Rutgers University. Emily has lectured worldwide on her Gratitude research, Resilience Through Unemployment, and How to Teach Positive Psychology at the college level, as well as on her true love: the magic of character strengths and positive interventions.
Emily is a doubly-certified yoga and meditation instructor, and was a competitive martial artist, softball and tennis player, gymnast, and clog dancer. When not engaged in disseminating Positive Psychology, you can find Emily zooming down ski slopes, reveling in a conversation with a stranger on a plane, playing tennis and kayaking with loved ones, belly-laughing at stand-up comedy clubs, or traveling with her brother and sister on their annual vanSonnenberg-Sibling-Vacations.
Emily studied Broadcast Journalism and Communications at Boston University, earned her B.A. with Honors in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has her Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Emily contributed a chapter to the Positive Psychology News book, Character Strengths Matter.
Emily’s articles for PositivePsychologyNews.com are here.