Stephen G. PostOpinion leader, public speaker
An opinion leader and public speaker, Stephen G. Post, PhD has served on the Board of the John Templeton Foundation (2008-2014), which focuses on virtue, spirituality and public life, and is a lifelong Member. Post is a leader in research on the benefits of compassionate care in relation to improved patient outcomes and caregiver well-being. He is a recipient of the 2019 National Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Professionalism Award for co-developing the Professional Identity Formation curriculum of the Renaissance School of Medicine of Stony Brook University, where he is professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine, Division Head of Medicine in Society, and Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics.
An elected member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, of the New York Academy of Medicine, and of the Royal Society of Medicine London, Post is the author of more than 400 articles in journals such as Science, The American Journal of Psychiatry, New England Journal of Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, The Journal of Religion, Journal of the American Medical Association, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Hypatia (The Journal of Feminist Philosophy), and Nature. He served as Editor-in-Chief for the five-volume Encyclopedia of Bioethics (Macmillan Reference, 3rd edition), the definitive reference work for the field of bioethics and medical humanities.
With his mentor the philanthropist Sir John Templeton (d. 2008) Post founded The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love: Spirituality, Compassion & Service in 2001 (www.unlimitedloveinstitute.org), so named by Sir John himself. The Institute has supported 80 major research projects at various universities, as well as many global conferences. The 2004 Works of Love Conference attracted 800 scientists, spiritual thinkers, and love practitioners from more than 40 nations. Post is the best-selling author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving (Random House Broadway). He has been quoted in more than 4,000 newspapers and magazines, and featured on numerous television shows including The Daily Show. He was described generously by Penn’s Martin E.P. Seligman in Flourish as one of “the stars of positive psychology.”