Nansook Park is professor of psychology, director of the Michigan Positive Psychology Center at the University of Michigan, and a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) in USA. She is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. She did her graduate work both in Korea and the USA and has a research and practice background in clinical and school psychology.
She is a world leading expert on positive psychology. Her research focuses on human strengths and virtues and the promotion of positive development and well-being across the life-span in different culture settings. Her expertise includes character strengths and moral excellence, resiliency and growth, life meaning and purpose, positive experience, positive relationships, and strength-based practice.
She played a major role for the Positive Education project, Positive Youth Development project, Positive Health project, and Soldier Resilience and Growth Project. Her work has had impacts on research and practices in various settings including education, health care, business, and military worldwide. She was a recipient of the prestigious 2015 Christopher Peterson Gold Medal Award, the International Positive Psychology Association’s highest honor. She has over 120 scholarly publications and has given more than 100 invited lectures in 22 nations. She is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) steering committee and a Consulting Editor for The Journal of Positive Psychology.