Aren Cohen, MBA, MAPP is an educational consultant and learning specialist who uses positive psychology and proven educational philosophy to work with academically, motivationally and emotionally challenged students. Focusing primarily on the work of Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Christopher Peterson on Character Strengths and Virtues, as well as Dr. Carol Dweck’s work on “growth vs. fixed mindsets” and “process vs. people praise,” Aren uses the tenets of positive psychology to teach her students to use their strengths of character to change educational challenges into educational triumphs. Aren’s students are enrolled in a wide variety of the leading private schools in New York City including The Brearley School, The Buckley School, The Center School, The Collegiate School, The Columbia Preparatory School, The Fieldston School, The Heschel School, Hunter College Elementary School, The Mandell School, Poly Prep, The Rodeph Sholom School, Saint Bernard’s School, The Spence School, The Ramaz School and The Winward School. Aren is a contributing author to the Positive Psychology News Daily website and teaches and Introduction to Positive Psychology class at Hunter College. Her writing has been included in the books Resilience, Gratitude and Flourish. She is a member of both the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the International Positive Psychology Association.
Along with her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, Aren holds a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard University and her Masters of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She actively continues her professional development with coursework from Bankstreet College of Education.
Prior to attending the University of Pennsylvania, Aren was the Vice President of Business Development at FundingPost. She spent two years working as a venture capitalist at Scripps Ventures, where she primarily focused on investments in the education industry. Aren has also worked in various financial capacities at the Guggenheim Museum, CBS, Inc. and two start-up companies, Skoodles, Inc. and Concrete Media Construction and she has served as a strategic consultant to various other start-up businesses.