Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky is Dean of the School of Education and Human Development and Vice Provost for Institutional Culture at the University of Miami. He was born in Argentina and has lived and worked in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew, and proficient in Italian.
Dr. Prilleltensky holds the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. He has published 9 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. Dr. Prilleltensky is a vegan, fitness aficionado, and humor writer. He 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.