Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH
Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH
Humor. Zest. Love of Learning.
“I have traveled to the ends of the earth to learn from autistic individuals. My hope is that through aligning the science and skills of happiness with autism intervention, wellbeing becomes accessible to all.”
Many of Dr. Patricia Wright’s greatest stories lie within the pages of her passport (just ask her about Alaska, India or China), but her most exciting pursuit is making the world a more inclusive place for autistic individuals and the communities that support them. Through Proof Positive, her bold vision is being realized.
Guided by her passion (and zest) for education and advocacy, she’s dedicated her career to ensuring individuals with autism have access to effective services and supports that lead to more joyful, meaningful lives.
Now she’s leading the charge to advance the science of positive psychology and skills of happiness as the Executive Director of Proof Positive, a national non-profit collaborating with schools, autism organizations and positive psychology leaders to integrate and expand wellbeing programming for autistic individuals and their communities.
Katie Curran, MAPP
Chief Wellbeing Officer
Curiosity. Sense of Purpose.
Creativity. Zest. Love.
“I believe passionately in the potential for human flourishing. Positive psychology allows me to cultivate growth through meaningful connections and joy.”
Imagine a world where wellbeing wins for everyone, including individuals with autism. Katie Curran believes this is possible, and she loves making it happen. The engine that drives her purpose forward: the science of happiness.
Katie is the Chief Wellbeing Officer of Proof Positive, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the science and skills of happiness for individuals with autism, and their families, educators, and service providers.
Katie has more than 20 years of clinical experience working with autistic individuals. She’s widely recognized as a creative force when it comes to autism intervention, developing strategies and tools that fuse Positive Psychology with Applied Behavior Analysis to improve wellbeing.
Katie’s zest for her work makes her a sought after speaker and workshop leader. In her role as a Primary Instructor on UPenn’s Master Resilience Training team, she led interdisciplinary teams around the world to train educators, soldiers, athletes, and government officials on the skills of resilience and human flourishing.
Kindness. Teamwork. Love.
Love of Learning.
Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
“I’m driven to create an inclusive world where everyone thrives. In order for others to fully flourish, I believe the beauty of the outdoors can bring healing, joy, and happiness.”
When Avery Bell is not enjoying fresh air and outdoor adventures, she’s bringing her kindness and innovation to help others practice happiness in any environment.
As the Associate Director of Community Integration at Proof Positive, Avery engages diverse teams of educators, caregivers and service providers to integrate positive psychology skills into the daily rhythms of life. Always learning, Avery supports the organization’s social media, messaging, and collaborations to promote inclusion, equity, and sustainability.