Scientists in Residence

Paolo Terni

Paolo Terni

Research Scientist

Paolo is a Research Scientist at Character Lab. After receiving a graduate degree in Philosophy of Science in his native Italy, he started a successful career as an organizational consultant and leadership coach, first in Europe and then in California, where he moved in 2010. Always interested in the behavioral sciences and an avid learner, Paolo returned to school at UPenn where, in 2014, he received a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, where Angela Duckworth was his Capstone supervisor. Her passion for science was so contagious that Paolo switched his career focus from "translating" the science of positive psychology into actionable strategies for his clients to carrying out actual research on how to help students thrive