Dan holds a PhD in psychology, an MFA in writing, and is the first licensed psychologist and psychodramatist to graduate from the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He is on faculty at New Jersey City University and is an assistant instructor for Martin Seligman, The Father of Positive Psychology, at UPenn for the MAPP program. He has also been a training consultant for the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College in Wyoming, and developer of the Dare to be Happy experiential workshops for Kripalu (upcoming February 26–28, 2016). He recently became the Director of the New York City Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center and teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College. He writes for Psychology Today as an expert on group therapy (The Healing Crowd) and authors the daily column, Ask the Therapist, for PsychCentral.com and their Proof Positive blog on practical applications of positive psychology. Honored by Sharecare* as one of the top ten online influencers on the topic of depression, he joined the staff of Answers.com as their depression expert. He is the creator of Interactive-Behavioral Therapy, the most widely used form of group therapy for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities, and is working on his next book: American Snake Pit, a memoir about his involvement in deinstitutionalizing the residents of Willowbrook. For more information visit his website Dare2BeHappy.com