Martin Seligman

Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology
Director of the Positive Psychology Center
AB, Philosophy, Princeton University;
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania


Office Location: 
Solomon Labs, C23
Research Interests: 
Positive Psychology
Big Data
Well Being
Specific Research Areas:
Positive Psychology, optimism, learned helplessness, depression, creativity, and agency
Research Synopsis:
Positive Psychology, optimism, learned helplessness, and depression


Professor Martin Seligman will be considering new graduate students for admission for Fall 2024.  Professor Seligman requires the GRE when applying.


Selected Publications: 

Kellerman, G. & Seligman, M. (2023). Tomorrowmind. Simon & Schuster.

Seligman, M. (2018). The Hope Circuit. Public Affairs.

Rashid, T. & Seligman, M. (2018). Positive Psychotherapy. Oxford University Press.

Seligman, M.E.P., Railton, P., Baumeister, R.F., & Sripada, C.S. (2016). Homo prospectus. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Eichstaedt, J.C., Schwartz, H.A., Kern, M.L., Park, G., Labarthe, D., Merchant, R., ... Seligman, M.E.P. (2014). Psychological language on Twitter predicts county-level heart disease mortality. Psychological Science, 26(2), 159-169.

Seligman, M.E.P., Flourish (2011) N.Y.: Simon & Schuster

Seligman, M.E.P., Gillham, J., Reivich, K., Linkins, M., & Ernst, R. (2009). Positive Education.  Oxford Review of Education, 35(3), 293-311.

Seligman, M & Kahana, M. (2009).  Unpacking Intuition.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4(4), 399-402.

Seligman, M.E.P. (2008).  Positive Health.  Applied psychology:   An international review, 57, 3-18.

Seligman, M.E.P., Rashid, T., & Parks, A.C. (2006). Positive psychotherapy. American Psychologist, 61, 774-788.

Seligman, M. E P, Steen, T., Park, N., & Peterson, C. (2005). Positive psychology progress: Empirical validation of interventions. American Psychologist, 60, 410-421.

Peterson, Christopher & Seligman, M.E.P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. Washington, D.C.: APA Press and Oxford University Press.

Seligman, M.E.P. (2002). Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. New York: Free Press/Simon and Schuster.

Chirot, D., & Seligman, M.E.P. (Eds.) (2001). Ethnopolitical warfare: Causes, consequences, and possible solutions. Washington, D.C.: APA Press.

Seligman, M.E.P., Walker, E., & Rosenhan, D.L. (2001). Abnormal psychology. (4th ed.) New York: W.W. Norton.

Gillham, J.E. (Ed). (2000). The Science of Optimism and Hope: Research Essays in Honor of Martin E. P. Seligman. Radnor, PA: Templeton Foundation Press.

Seligman, M.E.P. (1998). Learned Optimism. Second edition. New York: Pocket Books (Simon and Schuster).

Seligman, M.E.P., Reivich, K., Jaycox, L., and Gillham, J. (1995). The Optimistic Child. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

Buchanan, G. and Seligman, M.E.P. (Eds.). (1995). Explanatory Style. Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum.

Seligman, M.E.P. (1994). What You Can Change and What You Can't. New York: Knopf.

Seligman, M.E.P. (1991). Helplessness: On Depression, Development, and Death. Second edition. New York: W.H. Freeman.

Courses Taught: 
MAPP 600 Intro to Positive Psychology
Jer Clifton [Post-doctoral Fellow and Senior Scholar]
Max Genecov [Psychology Graduate Student]
Maxim Dembow [Psychology Graduate Student]