Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky was born in Argentina and has lived in Israel, Canada, Australia and the United States. He holds a doctorate in psychology. Prior to his current appointment as Dean of the School of Education at the University of Miami he was Director of the PhD program in Community Research and Action at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He is the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. Before becoming an academic he was a school psychologist in Canada for seven years.
He has published seven books and over 100 articles and chapters. He has presented keynote addresses in international conferences in twenty one countries in five continents. He speaks English, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. His interests are in community psychology, the prevention of psychosocial problems and the promotion of well-being in individuals, organizations, and communities. For several years he was the principal investigator of the SPEC project, which aims to promote Strengths, Prevention, Empowerment and Community Change with not for profit organizations in diverse locations. He is currently leading an interdisciplinary team that is developing a multiplayer online game to promote wellness in diverse domains of life.
Isaac is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and of the Society for Community Research and Action. In 2002 he was a visiting fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is the recipient of the 2011 "Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award" of the Community Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He is also the recipient of the 2010 John Kalafat Applied Community Psychology Award from the same division of APA and the recipient of the 2010 Educator Catalyst Award from the Human Services Coalition of Miami. He is a board member of the Children’s Trust of Miami Dade County and the proud husband of Dr Ora Prilleltensky and father of Chess National Master Matan Prilleltensky. He is a vegan, soccer player, fitness aficionado with very little free time to study languages, which is what he enjoys the most, after spending time with his wife and son.