Sherri Fisher, MAPP, M.Ed is an energetic collaborator, creator, consultant and coach.
She combines years of practical experience with theoretical knowledge, balancing bold, innovative research-based thinking with traditional theory and practice. A visionary leader in the growing field of Positive Psychology applied to education, clients say that Sherri’s “bag of tricks” is one of never-ending capacity.
Do you seek change but desire a complementary alternative to the more common focus on fixing what is wrong? Sherri’s more sustainable approach to empowering both individuals and organizations, the POS-EDGE Model™, uses existing strengths and talents to foster flourishing individuals and communities. Make an appointment online.
Do you love to collaborate? Sherri’s insight and integrity make her an invaluable colleague for parents and professionals, as well as a guiding force for a whole organization. Sherri can help you to realize your own vision, and has the energy and expertise to enrich and strengthen both individuals and organizations. Let’s work together.
Do you have complicated student and family issues? With individual clients Sherri sees past school struggles to develop the whole person. She quickly and accurately identifies a child’s learning needs and style, teaches them not only subject matter but how they learn best, and guides them and the adults who work with them to see and value their abilities. Invite Sherri to your next school meeting.
What’s special about this educator?
Sherri is the world’s first learning specialist to have earned University of Pennsylvania’s MAPP degree. She studied directly with Martin Seligman, founder of the Positive Psychology movement, and the late Christopher Peterson, a leader in Positive Psychology research and instruction, among many luminaries. While at UPenn she co-authored the first study to measure the extent to which positive psychology interventions, some of which have already been shown to increase happiness and resilience and decrease the likelihood of depression, can be employed toward those ends within a real school district. (Research: Building a Foundation for Positive Psychology in Schools).
Sherri’s research projects and publications span the education, psychology and career worlds. She is also co-author of the popular positive education book SMART Strengths: Building Character, Resilience and Relationships in Youth. Sherri has authored over 50 Positive Psychology research-based articles and has contributed to the books Resilience and Gratitude (2007 to present). She is currently working on her next book, The Effort Myth. Other publications include a series for career professionals, “Learning Theories Meet the Career World”; “Multiple Intelligences: Double Loop Learning in the Workplace”; and “Personality Typing: What We’ve learned in 2500 Years”(2004-2005); and with a colleague, a two-part series for college and university counselors of first year students integrating Positive Psychology principles with first-year assessment: “It Builds Character, But How Can We Tell?” and “Measuring, Appreciating, and Building Character” (2006). Capstone research, video interview, more here.
Recent Professional Leadership in Positive Psychology
–University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia PA. Inaugural class: MAPP Degree (2006)
–University of Pennsylvania. MAPP Alumni Board Member. (2007-2009, 2013-2015)
–University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia PA. MAPP Summit. Symposium Speaker; Poster Presentation. (2008)
–VIA Institute on Character: Online. VIA Pioneers Series (2011)
–Universidad Iberoamericana: Mexico City, Mexico. Guest Lecturer. Positive Education. (2012)
–International Positive Psychology Association: Philadelphia PA. Speaker. Annual Conference. SMART Strengths
–Canadian Positive Psychology Association: Toronto. Speaker. Educating for Resilience Conference. (2013)
—UN World Day of Happiness: Online/Entheos. Virtual Conference. Speaker. Marshmallow, Muscle or Mindset? Self-regulation and the Power of Belief. (2014)
–Canadian Positive Psychology Association: Ottawa. Speaker. Annual Conference. Spotting and Managing Strengths for Gritty Self-Regulation, Resilience, and Achievement (2014)
–University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia. Imagination Institute. Speaker. Reimagining Effort: Creating Positive Special Education. (2014)
–City Of Well-Being: Maroondah, VIC, Australia. Positive Psychology Consultant. (Since 2014)
–University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia. MAPP Summit Fete. Maroondah the City of Well-Being. (2014)
Sherri is connected to an accomplished, international network of educators, professionals, Positive Psychology researchers, and practitioners.