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ISAAC PRILLELTENSKY

ISAAC PRILLELTENSKY

Dean of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami

Isaac Prilleltensky was appointed dean of the University of Miami School of Education in July 2006. He previously served as professor of Human and Organizational Development and director of the Ph.D. program in Community Research and Action at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Born in Argentina, Prilleltensky received his M.A. in clinical child psychology from Tel Aviv University and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Manitoba. While working as a school psychologist, he discovered the social origins of child and family problems and soon became a community psychologist. He has written or co-edited seven books on community psychology and mental health. He recently published The Laughing Guide to Well-Being: Using Humor and Science to Become Happier and Healthier. His interests are in the promotion of well-being in individuals, organizations, and communities. He writes a humorous blog: Going Wellnuts: The Humor Blog for Wellbeing He has developed an online platform (Fun For Wellness) to promote health and wellness in six domains of life: Interpersonal, Community, Occupational, Physical, Psychological, and Economic (I COPPE) well-being.

“When people think of well-being, they often think oh physical health, but this is just one aspect. The other domains are equally important. What's more, they all work in concert.”