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John Yeager, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty
School of Leadership and Professional Advancement
Behavioral Science

Off Campus
Phone: 574.806.4206


M.A.P.P., Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
Ed.D., Health Education, Boston University, 1982
M.Ed., Education, Worcester State College, 1980
B.S., Education, Boston State College, 1976

John M. Yeager is also the Director of the Center for Character Excellence at the Culver Academies and chair of the Wellness Education department.  A former faculty member in Boston University's School of Education and senior scholar at BU's Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character, he has over 36 years of experience as an educator, coach, consultant, professional athlete, and author.  He focuses a lot of his work on the psychological dynamics of health behavior, including the influence of character strengths, resilience and healthy institutions on decision-making.  At Culver, John has spearheaded a model program that helps teachers, staff and students 1) identify and activate their own strengths to flourish within the school community; 2) focus on developing clear-eyed, positive mindsets and springy resilience; and 3) develop healthy relationships to mobilize and build high quality connections with each other.  This has included integration of academic, leadership and athletic programs at Culver. 

He is the co-author of SMART Strengths: A Parent-Teacher- Coach Guide to Building Character, Resilience and Relationships in Youth.  John consults with various independent and public schools and presents at national and international conferences, as well as engaging with various companies who run strengths-based and resilient organizations.  They include Fair Oaks Farms, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Engaged Health Solutions and Cornell Forge.



Health and Human Behavior 

This course examines the field of health psychology from a lens of how human strengths, optimism and resilience, and healthy relationships influence individual, organizational and community health behavior.  I will do my very best to provide you with a variety of learning activities to help you acquire a deep understanding of personal, community, national, and world health issues.   There will have an emphasis on critical thinking and moral interpretation of health information and health behavior.  Students will gather an understanding of the biochemical, sociological and psychological concepts of health behavior with relation to the need for the pursuit of happiness, the roots of addiction, basic desires of human nature and the seeking of personal and social fulfillment. 

The Science of Positive Psychology

This course examines the art and science of positive psychology from a lens of how human strengths, optimism and resilience, and healthy relationships influence behavior.