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Dr. Pelin Kesebir: Speaking Engagements

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About Dr. Pelin Kesebir

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.

Sample talk titles include:

What Is Happiness? What Is It Not?

What Is a Healthy Mind and How Can We Cultivate It?

A Healthy Sense of Self: The Soil From Which Happiness Grows

Cultivating Healthier Relationships for Happiness

Where Happiness Starts: Seeing and Loving Life for What It Is

How to Create A Happy Life: The Science of Change


How Does Hope Work? – Wisconsin Public Radio

Integrating Wellness Into Everything We Do – Madison Magazine

When Did Pop Culture and Nature Part Ways? – Outside Magazine

What Our Words Tell Us – The New York Times