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Emma Seppala
Emma Seppala
Science Director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University

Dates of Employment: September 2009 - April 2012; Honorary Fellow: May 2012 - June 2016

Emma Seppala is the Science Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University and author of The Happiness Track. She is also a research scientist and honorary fellow at the Center for Healthy Minds, where she conducted research on yoga-based practices for trauma relief in veterans of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

She founded the popular news site Fulfillment Daily and frequently contributes to Psychology Today and Harvard Business Review Harvard Business Review. A sought-after speaker, Emma has addressed academic, corporate, and governmental institutions. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, ABC News, Forbes, The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, INC and Fast Company.

Emma holds degrees from Yale, Columbia, and Stanford. Originally from Paris, France, she speaks French, English, German, Spanish & Mandarin Chinese.


Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University

What does well-being mean to me?

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy."
-Rabindranath Tagore

"The deepest feelings of fulfillment come when I can contribute to others’ lives in positive ways. It is important, however, that care for others be well balanced with self-care."
-Emma Seppala