Isaac Prilleltensky

Vice Provost for Institutional Culture

Phone:
(305) 284-5547
Locator Code:
2040

 
About

About the Vice Provost for Institutional Culture

Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky was born in Argentina and has lived and worked in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He is the Interim Director of the Community Well Being PhD program while Dr. Birman is on sabbatical. He is also the former Dean of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being, and the Vice Provost for Institutional Culture. He has published eleven books and over 130 articles and chapters. His interests are in the promotion of well-being in individuals, organizations, and communities; in mattering, and in the integration of wellness and fairness. He is the recipient of the 2014 “Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention” by the Society for Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. He is also the recipient of the 2011 "Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award" of the Community Psychology Division of APA. In addition, he received the Seymour Sarason Award and the John Kalafat Award for the Practice of Community Psychology from the same division of APA. He is leading an interdisciplinary team developing assessments and online interventions to promote interpersonal, community, occupational, psychological, physical, and economic (I COPPE) well-being. Isaac is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the American Educational Research Association. In 2002 he was a visiting fellow of the British Psychological Society. Isaac is a vegan and fitness aficionado. He speaks several languages and has given keynote addresses in 26 countries. His humor columns have been published in the Miami Herald and Miami Today. His latest books are The Laughing Guide to Well-Being: Using Humor and Science to become Happier and Healthier, and How People Matter: Why it Affects Health, Happiness, Love, Work, and Society.

Research

My Research

Writings and research projects cover the following themes:

  • Organizational change for community and social well-being
  • Promotion of mental health and social well-being
  • Value-based practice in human and organizational development
  • Prevention of mental health problems
  • Prevention of child abuse
  • Community psychology
  • Critical psychology

Dean Prilleltensky’s team developed Fun for Wellness, an online program to promote health and well-being.

Try Fun for Wellness

This research-based, skill-building program promotes health and well-being in six areas of life: Interpersonal, Community, Occupational, Physical, Psychological, and Economic (I COPPE). The skills are based on seven drivers of change we call BET I CAN, which stands for Behaviors, Emotions, Thoughts, Interactions, Context, Awareness, and Next Steps. The program was the subject of a randomized controlled trial and the results demonstrate that the program increases perceptions and actions related to well-being, as well as self-efficacy.  Watch this trailer for an overview of the program.

Media / Outreach

About this Media Expert

On this Radio interview Dr. Prilleltensky shares:

- The different types of humor and how you too can nurture your sense of humor regardless of your diagnosis.
- How laughter changes your physical and mental well-being.
- Why laughing helps you think more clearly and creatively.
- How humor allows you to talk about painful things and deal with difficult things.
- How to experiment with being “silly” and how it affects your well-being.

 

About this Media Expert

On this Radio interview Dr. Prilleltensky shares:

- The different types of humor and how you too can nurture your sense of humor regardless of your diagnosis.
- How laughter changes your physical and mental well-being.
- Why laughing helps you think more clearly and creatively.
- How humor allows you to talk about painful things and deal with difficult things.
- How to experiment with being “silly” and how it affects your well-being.

Media Relations

To schedule an interview with University faculty, staff, and employees, please contact the University's Media Relations department.

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