Positive Psychology Center, Department of Psychology
                University of Pennsylvania
                3701 Market Street, Suite 200
                Philadelphia, PA 19104
                mariefd (at) psych (dot) upenn (dot) edu

I am a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, working with Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman. The main objective of my research program is to develop novel and effective intervention approaches designed to enhance creativity and its associated well-being benefits. 

To that end, my research focuses on two main questions:
  • First, I am investigating the specific nature of the motivations that drive individuals to engage in creative activities (both professionally and otherwise), and how these motivations influence the creative process as well as creative achievement.
  • Second, my research examines a number of mechanisms that may explain how engaging in creative activities contributes to well-being. In particular, I am currently conducting a series of studies both in the U.S. and abroad assessing whether individuals use creative activities as a way to grow from past adverse experiences.
Research Interests (keywords): creativity, well-being,  motivation, interventions, posttraumatic growth, psychopathology.        

My research is generously supported by grants from the John Templeton Foundation as well as a graduate fellowship from Dr. Eva Kedar.

Before attending the University of Pennsylvania for graduate school, I earned a Master's in Media and Culture Management from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, where I grew up. After moving to the United States in 2005, I studied psychology at Boston College and worked as a Research Assistant examining the role of music training in children's development under the supervision of Ellen Winner, Gottfried Schlaug, and Andrea Norton at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.