Jane Gillham, PhD, is a psychologist, researcher, and educator. She is a professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College and co-director of the Penn Resiliency Project at the Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gillham’s work focuses on the promotion of well-being in children and adolescents.
Dr. Gillham completed her BA at Princeton University, her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, and her clinical internship at Yale Child Study Center. While at Yale, she also completed a fellowship at the Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy Research. In addition to working at Swarthmore and Penn, Dr. Gillham has worked as a teacher and clinical psychologist for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities.
For the past twenty years, Dr. Gillham’s research has focused on developing and evaluating school-based interventions that promote resilience and well-being and prevent depression in young people. Dr. Gillham is an author of several interventions and curricula for youth and adults including the Penn Resiliency Program (PRP) for Children and Adolescents, the Penn Resiliency Program for Parents, and the High School Positive Psychology Program. She has been an investigator and project director for several evaluations of these interventions, including program evaluations funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the United States Department of Education.
Dr. Gillham’s research is published in numerous articles in academic journals including Journal of Early Adolescence, School Psychology Quarterly, Psychological Science, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Positive Psychology. Together with Drs. Martin Seligman, Karen Reivich, and Lisa Jaycox, she is an author of The Optimistic Child.
Dr. Gillham first began collaborating with Dr. Martin Seligman nearly twenty years ago when she was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.