An opinion leader, Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. is the best-selling author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving (Random House). He has been quoted in more than 4000 national and international newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Parade Magazine, “O” Magazine, The US News & World Report, and Psychology Today. He has been interviewed on numerous television shows including Nightline, The Daily Show, and John Stossel.
A transformative speaker, Post has inspired thousands with the best of medical and philosophical knowledge based on thirty years of research. Across North America, Australia, Europe, Japan and India his positive psychology message centers on how giving and contributing to the lives of others impacts happiness, health, success, creativity and even longevity. He was described by Martin E.P. Seligman in his book Flourish as one of “the stars of positive psychology.” Post also addresses the ways in which empathic care enhances patient outcomes and professional well-being, the meaning of caring for “deeply forgetful” people, and ethical issues in Alzheimer Disease.
He has taught at the University of Chicago Medical School, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1988-2008), and Stony Brook University School of Medicine (2008-), where he is Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics (designated as a special strength of the Stony Brook School of Medicine by the LCME visiting committee 2011). He is an elected member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Medicine, London. Post served as a Becket Research Fellow at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. His research had been supported by the National Institute on Aging, the National Human Genome Institute, and the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as by numerous private foundations.