Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec is an author, licensed psychologist, and educator. He is Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character (www.viacharacter.org), a nonprofit organization where he leads workshops around the world on the science and practice of character strengths.

Ryan is co-author of Positive Psychology at the Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths (2008) and Movies and Mental Illness: Using Films to Understand Psychopathology (2005; 2010), and a number of book chapters and articles. He’s Associate Editor of the journal PsycCRITIQUES, Consulting Editor to the Journal of Popular Media Culture, and is Chair of the Media Watch Committee for the American Psychological Association.

Ryan has a special interest in mindfulness, character strengths, positive psychology, spirituality, and films.

He’s a proud new father to his son Rhys, runs half-marathons and plays tennis in his spare time, and has collected hundreds of Pez dispensers.

Character Strengths is a blog about positive psychology and figuring out how to best use your inherent character strengths and the positives of your personality. It will highlight character strengths in action in real life, and provide tips, inspiration and ideas on how you can improve upon your own character strengths.