Pamela Paresky

Senior Scholar in Human Development and Psychology

Pamela Paresky served as chief researcher and in-house editor for the New York Times bestseller, The Coddling of the American Mind: How good intentions and bad ideas are setting up a generation for failure, by FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. Her Ph.D. in Human Development and Psychology is from the University of Chicago, and she holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. She writes a blog for Psychology Today and has been published in a diverse array of other media outlets. Before joining FIRE, Pamela was a featured speaker at the National Character and Leadership Symposium at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA), an adjunct/research professor at the USAFA Center for Character and Leadership Development, and a leadership coach and consultant. She worked with businesses, nonprofits, and educational institutions, and her consulting ranged from curriculum development in adult and higher education to fostering cultures of kindness in K-12 schools to expanding leadership capacities. Her previous work at the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center focused on happiness, relationships, and “Flow,” a construct describing optimal human experience. Pamela is also the Director of the Aspen Center for Human Development and the author of the research-based guided journal, A Year of Kindness. She continues to deliver workshops and keynote addresses on various topics in Human Development including (among others): leadership, happiness, bridging divides, and living a meaningful life.