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Isaac Prilleltensky's Biography

D r. Isaac Prilleltensky is the former dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, where he currently serves as vice provost for institutional culture. He was born in Argentina and has lived and worked also in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew, and proficient in Italian. He has given keynote addresses in 26 countries.

Isaac holds the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. He has published 10 books and over 130 articles and chapters. His interests are in the promotion of well-being in individuals, organizations, and communities; and in the integration of wellness and fairness.

He was recipient of the 2010 "Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award" of the Community Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of the 2014 “Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention” by the division of Counseling Psychology of APA.

He leads a research team that developed www.funforwellness.com, a research-based online platform to promote health and wellness using videos, games and humor. Isaac is a vegan, fitness aficionado, and humor writer. Isaac won an award for his humor writing in 2015 by the National Newspaper Association. His most recent book is The Laughing Guide to Well-Being: Using Humor and Science to Become Happier and Healthier.



Affiliations and Fellowship

  •    Fellow of the American Psychological Association
  •    Fellow of the American Educational Research Association
  •    Fellow of the Society for Community Research and Action
  •    Member of the Canadian Psychological Association
  •    Member of the American Educational Research Association
  •    Member of the Australian Psychological Society (2000-2003)
  •    Member of the College of Clinical Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society (2000-2003)
  •    Member of the College of Community Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society (2000-2003)
  •    Registered psychologist with the Victorian Registration Board of Psychologists, Australia (2000-2003)

In recognition of his scholarly and professional achievements Isaac received the following awards from the American Psychological Association:

Isaac is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the American Educational Research Association. He was also a visiting fellow of the British Psychological Society.


Professional Experience

Current

2016 - current
Vice-Provost for Institutional Culture, University of Miami
2009 - current
Inaugural Chair, Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being
2006 - current
Dean, School of Education and Human Development, University of Miami

Past

2003 – 2006
Professor, Department of Human and Organizational Development
Director of Graduate Programs, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, USA
2003 – 2006
Director, Doctoral Program in Community Research and Action, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, USA
2000 – 2002
Professor, Research Chair, Department of Psychology, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
2000 – 2002
Acting Chair of Department intermittently during these two years for periods of few weeks at a time
2000 – 2002
Director, Wellness Promotion Unit, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
1996 – 1999
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada
1994 – 1996
Director, Wellness Promotion Unit, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
1991 – 1996
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
1985 – 1991
School Psychologist, Child Guidance Clinic, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1983 – 1984
School Psychologist, Psychological Services, Natanya, Israel
1983 – 1984
Psychology Instructor (part-time), Teachers College, Petakh Tikva, Israel
1982 – 1984
Psychology Instructor (part-time), Tel Aviv University
1982 – 1984
Psychology Instructor (part-time), Ort Teachers College, Tel Aviv, Israel
1981 – 1982
Teaching Assistant (part-time), Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University