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Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, will be awarded the 2017 TANG Prize to honor her exceptional contributions to the well-being of humanity on November 12, 2017.

The TANG Foundation is a private institution established by Dr. Fay Tang in 2006. The objective of the TANG Foundation is to raise awareness of the importance of psychological health in the world. The TANG Prize Award for Achievement in Psychology honors a living internationally-recognized scholar with a Ph.D. in psychology who has made an exceptional contribution to psychological health anywhere in the world.

The $100,000 award is in recognition of Dr. Fredrickson’s achievements in psychology over her 25 year career. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and her books Positivity and Love 2.0 have been translated in over 20 languages. Dr. Fredrickson’s research has received international acclaim and has been recognized by spiritual leaders such as the Dalai Lama. A free online course of hers, created through UNC’s partnership with Coursera, has reached lifelong learners in more than 190 countries.

Dr. Fredrickson will be presented with the TANG Prize on November 12 at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. Following the ceremony, Dr. Fredrickson will hold a special lecture entitled, “Positivity Resonates.”

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