Pelin Kesebir, Ph.D.
Dr. Kesebir works as a scientist at the Center for Healthy Minds, specializing in the psychology of happiness. Studying various elements of happiness (e.g., a heathy mind, healthy relationships, a healthy sense of self), Dr. Kesebir aims to arrive at an integrated understanding of what happiness is and how it can be cultivated. Her research has particularly focused on character strengths and virtues (e.g., humility, resilience, optimism) and their relation to well-being. Dr. Kesebir is also an expert in existential psychology, having examined how inescapable realities of life, such as our mortality, impact our psychological dynamics and how we should approach these realities to live happy lives. Dr. Kesebir received her doctoral degree in Social Psychology and Personality Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, and is originally from Istanbul, Turkey.