The Science of Hope in a Time of Crisis with Dr. Dan Tomasulo

This special Zoom webinar, which aired on Wednesday April 15, 2020, was co-sponsored by the National Center for START Services and AUCD’s MH/IDD Special Interest Group (SIG). Who would have guessed that the "new normal" would close our neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and industries? Covid-19 is overwhelming our thoughts and our lives. But in the midst of a steady stream of worrisome news, there is also an emerging science of hope to help us cope. Hope is the only one of the positive emotions that is activated by uncertainty or negativity. In the world right now, hope thus becomes one of our most precious commodities. Dr. Dan Tomasulo is an expert on hope and is part of a new movement in positive psychology. His latest book, Learned Hopefulness: The Power of Positivity To Overcome Depression, will be published June 1. You don't have to wait until then to learn and practice some of the principles described in his book.

About the Presenter

Dr. Dan Tomasulo is the incoming Academic Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMB) MA Degree Program and core faculty at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University, and honored by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression. He holds a PhD in psychology, MFA in writing, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. A highly sought-after international speaker on topics relating to applied positive psychology, he authors the daily column, Ask the Therapist, and the Learned Hopefulness blog for His award-winning memoir, American Snake Pit was released in 2018. His new book, Learned Hopefulness, is available on June 1st. Pre-ordering is open now.