Ryan Niemiec

Ryan Niemiec, PsyD, is a psychologist and the education director of the global nonprofit VIA Institute on Character, the leader in advancing the science and practice of character strengths. He is the author of several books, including Mindfulness and Character Strengths and Positive Psychology at the Movies, and creator of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP), the first structured program for building character strengths. Ryan is an adjunct professor at Xavier University, the University of Pennsylvania, and IE University in Madrid. He created a track on mindfulness/strengths ("Awaken Your Potential") for the web/app-based platform Happify, blogs for Psychology Today, and has offered hundreds of presentations on these topics across the globe, including an MBSP workshop tour of Australia in 2015.