Courtney Ackerman

Courtney E. Ackerman, MA, BA

Researcher, Writer

Courtney has a full-time job as a researcher for the State of California, but she likes to keep a full plate. For the State, Courtney leads research and evaluation efforts, working to expand access to and improve the quality of mental health care throughout California.

In addition to her 9-to-5 job, she is a prolific writer with over a hundred articles and seven published books on positive psychology-related topics. She also works as a freelance research consultant, helping individuals and organizations with their research, data collection, and analysis needs.

Courtney believes we are all doing the best we can with the resources we have available, which is why she is passionate about helping people find the resources they need to live a good life. She works in the gray area between theory and application, striving to bridge the gap between complicated, technical (and often jargon-heavy) research findings and the implementation of practical exercises and techniques in daily life.

Work Experience

  • Researcher for the State of California, USA
  • Independent Research Consultant
  • Author of seven books



Courtney is the author of seven published books on positive psychology-related topics, including:

  • My Pocket Positivity (link)
  • 5-Minute Bliss (link)
  • My Pocket Gratitude (link)
  • My Pocket Meditations for Self-Compassion (link)
  • The Book of Patience (link)
  • Midnight Meditations (link)
  • The Illustrated Book of Mindful Meditations for Mindless Moments (link)

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