Nicole Parisi: Why I Chose the Positive Psychology Program at PCOM
May 22, 2023
Nicole Parisi has been studying psychology since high school. After earning an associate’s
degree with a concentration in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in research psychology,
Parisi wanted to continue learning.
“I have explored topics ranging from mental healthcare accessibility for military
veterans, to virtual reality-augmented mindfulness,” she said. “When I learned about
the vast frontier of positive psychology, I was intrigued.”
“PCOM's MAPP program has done an excellent job of teaching the foundations and applications
of positive psychology through empirical research, real-world examples, and hands-on
experience,” Parisi explained.
Each course, she added, follows PCOM's mission statement by emphasizing whole-person
care, collaboration in the community, and the significance of diversity and inclusion.
“The vital role of positive psychology in the field of osteopathic medicine is made
clear every day,” Parisi said.
Another important aspect of the program for Parisi—her fellow students.
“I am so grateful for my cohort,” she said. “We have been deeply connected since day
one, and it has been an invaluable experience of academic resources, moral support
“It is clear that Dr. Glassman and his faculty truly care about the well-being of
their students, and aim to set them up with tools for success,” she said. “Not only
have we learned the key concepts of positive psychology and how to apply them in the
world, we have also been encouraged to incorporate the full scope of wellness into
our everyday lives.”
Parisi’s future goals include gaining more experience as an educator, contributing
to research and continuing her studies at the doctoral level.
“I have become aware of my strengths and how they can help me achieve my goals, both
personally and professionally. My experiences in this program have made me confident
and excited about the future,” she said. “We will graduate with the knowledge, experience,
and spirit needed to make a meaningful impact on the well-being of others.”