Gloria Park, PhD, MAPP
I found my way to sport, performance, and positive psychology through my childhood experiences as a competitive figure skater. My passion is helping others to strive for fulfillment and well-being. I founded Perform Positive to expand the fields of performance and positive psychology through collaboration, continuing education opportunities, consulting services to individuals and organizations, and through community workshops and programs.
Currently, I am the Director of Performance Psychology with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, in support of the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. In this role, I work with a team to better understand performance demands of specific communities in the military and government agencies and provide resources to support optimal performance. I also serve as the subject matter expert for performance and mental fitness domains across our organization's leadership, education, and research initiatives. In my previous role as the Senior Mind Body Scientist, I translated research in the domains of Human Performance Optimization (HPO) for service members and their families across all military branches for the Human Performance Resources at CHAMP (HPRC) website. Prior to this role, I provided resilience and performance enhancement training for soldiers, DA civilians, and family members for 7 years, first with the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently with the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) program.
Most recently, I was the Research Director for Wharton People Analytics at the University of Pennsylvania, where I was responsible for shaping and executing the research agenda in conjunction with faculty co-directors Adam Grant, Angela Duckworth, Cade Massey, and Matthew Bidwell and the WPA research team. I have also served as part of the instructional team for the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at Penn since 2006, and am a senior member of the Penn Resiliency Project and PERMA Workshop team. I am also a member of the Faculty for the Positive Coaching Master's Degree Program at the University of Missouri.
I was one of the first 30 people to receive my Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. I also hold a Doctorate in Kinesiology/Psychology of Human Movement from Temple University. As one of only a handful of people who have formal education in both sport/performance and positive psychology, I provide a unique perspective on enhancing both performance and well-being.
My most important jobs are being mom to my gregarious and spirited boy and a proud Army spouse to my husband, who retired last year after 22 years of service to this country. I live in Newtown Square, PA.