Jeffrey J. Froh
Associate Professor of Psychology
Degrees: PSYD, 2004, St Johns Univ; MS, 2002, St Johns Univ; BA, 1999, St Joseph's Coll
Dr. Jeffrey Froh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Hofstra University with primary responsibilities in the Psy.D. Program in School-Community Psychology. He is also a lecturer at Stony Brook University for The Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics directed by Dr. Stephen Post. Dr. Froh earned his doctoral degree in School Psychology from St. John's University in 2004. He is a New York State certified school psychologist, New York State licensed psychologist, and Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute. He serves as an Associate Editor for The Journal of Positive Psychology and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Personality and Psychology in the Schools, as well as the Institutional Review Board for the Bio-Behavioral Institute. During 2006-2007 Dr. Froh was the co-coordinator for the Positive Psychology Special Interest Group for the National Association of School Psychologists. Before joining the Hofstra faculty, Dr. Froh practiced as a school psychologist in the Shoreham-Wading River, Hewlett -Woodmere, and Half Hollow Hills School Districts in New York. Dr. Froh’s research agenda is now focused on the well-springs, assessment, outcomes, and enhancement of gratitude in children and adolescents. He led the first published experimental investigation of the effects of a gratitude intervention (i.e., counting blessings) on subjective well-being in early adolescence (Froh, Sefick, & Emmons, 2008). Dr. Froh has presented over two dozen papers at local, national, and international conferences on gratitude or subjective well-being. Given the apparent interest in teaching children how to be grateful, Dr. Froh’s research has received media attention. He has been interviewed by Newsday, Alternative Medicine, Family Circle, Metro Parent, The Providence Journal, The Herald Sun, Better Homes and Gardens, and the national public radio show Weekend America. In addition to contributing to The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology and publishing two authoritative chapters on gratitude in youth (one is in the Handbook of Positive Psychology in the Schools: Promoting Wellness in Children and Youth and the other is in Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People), Dr. Froh has published his findings in peer-reviewed outlets such as the Journal of Personality, The Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of School Psychology, Psychology in the Schools, and Adolescence.