Social Science Professor
Robert Fera on the way to
becoming chairman of
In addition to pondering what makes
people maladjusted and miserable, he
began exploring what makes us
resilient and happy.
who has provided counseling services
or taught psychology and human
services courses at Middlesex for almost
30 years, Fera has spent most of his
career focused on abnormal psychology.
Now, he has become a proponent and
psychology was focused on illness and
suffering," said Fera. "We were
concentrating on what made people
sick and how to treat disorders.
are studying wellness and why some
people flourish while others languish,"
he explained. "It's a whole new field
that involves going in the direction of
promoting greater well-being."
Psychology" at Middlesex for three
years. "MCC is one of the few
community colleges that offers a course
in positive psychology," he said. "It's
much more common at four-year
colleges and universities."
positive psychology is "the study of the
unique characteristics of the human
experience that contribute to positive
adaption, growth and well-being. It is
concerned with helping all people
develop their strengths and talents."