Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec, VIA’s Education Director, is author of several books including: Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing (with 10-track CD), and co-author of Positive Psychology at the Movies; and Movies and Mental Illness. Ryan is an award-winning psychologist, certified coach, international workshop leader, and is adjunct professor or faculty at the following universities/organizations: Xavier University (Cincinnati), University of Pennsylvania, IE University in Madrid, WholeBeing Institute, Functional Medicine Coaching Academy.
Ryan develops VIA’s courses, reports, and programs and applies strengths as the centerpiece of Character Strengths Coaching. At VIA, he helps professionals in counseling, coaching, business, disability, and education around the world apply character strengths, personally and professionally in their work. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed or invited articles on character strengths, mindfulness, and related topics. He’s an associate editor or consulting editor for 4 scholarly journals.
Over the last 15 years, Ryan has led hundreds of mindfulness groups for various audiences and delivers keynotes, retreats, and workshops on character strengths and mindfulness. He created Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP), the first, structured program for building character strengths. This program is offered online by the VIA Institute. Ryan adapted MBSP for a track on the web/app-based platform Happify, called “Awaken Your Potential.”
In 2014, Ryan delivered over 100 presentations on character strengths. In 2015, he presented a national workshop tour on MBSP across Australia, at universities in Iceland and Spain, a keynote address for the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, and the Rex J. Lipman Fellow address at St. Peter’s College in Adelaide.
On a personal level, Ryan’s signature strengths are hope, love, curiosity, fairness, honesty, perspective, and appreciation of beauty. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife and children, playing basketball, watching positive psychology movies, following Michigan State athletics, playing online chess, and collecting Pez dispensers.
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- Blog on Psychology Today: What Matters Most?
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