Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky

Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky is dean of the School of Education and Human Development and vice provost for Institutional Culture at the University of Miami. Isaac holds the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. He has published eight books and over 130 articles and chapters. His interests are in the promotion of well-being in individuals, organizations, and communities; and in the integration of wellness and fairness. Among other honors, he is the recipient of the 2011 "Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award" by the Community Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and the of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention by the division of Counseling Psychology of APA. Isaac is a vegan, fitness aficionado, and humor writer. His humor columns have been published in The Miami Herald and Miami Today. In 2015 Isaac won an award for his humor writing by the National Newspaper Association.

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Publications can be read online. Please follow the links.

Other Books

Other Books Published.


Isaac consults with organizations on institutional culture, strategic planning and well-being. Isaac also speaks about personal, organizational, and community well-being in English, Spanish, and Hebrew (and Italian with a little help).


Other Media

On this Radio interview Dr. Prilleltensky shares:

- The different types of humor and how you too can nurture your sense of humor regardless of your diagnosis.
- How laughter changes your physical and mental well-being.
- Why laughing helps you think more clearly and creatively.
- How humor allows you to talk about painful things and deal with difficult things.
- How to experiment with being “silly” and how it affects your well-being.

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