Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

Psychologist, Author, and International Speaker

Greetings and welcome to my website! Here you can find information about my work, my upcoming speaking schedule, and my writing. 

I'm a licensed psychologist, author, and international speaker, specializing in the science of well-being. I provide workshops, keynote talks, media appearances, and consultation on the science of happiness. It's my passion to disseminate the science of well-being to a broad audience, including schools, businesses, professional organizations, and health professionals. Whether you are an individual or organization, it would be my sincere pleasure to work with you!


About Me


I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where I lived until my early twenties. With much of my family remaining there, and growing up a die-hard Knicks and Yankees fan, it was difficult leaving the Big Apple. But like many people, I felt drawn to the West Coast, where new adventures awaited. After graduating college at Columbia University in 2004, I moved to California to start graduate school at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto. For the next five years, I had the privilege of training in a variety of clinical settings, including VA hospitals, college counseling centers, and community mental health agencies. I also had the good fortune of being mentored by some of the leading psychiatrists and psychologists in the field. 

Although the training I received during these years was invaluable, I couldn't help but feel that there was something missing from mainstream mental health approaches. Namely, there was (and remains) an incredible emphasis on illness, pathology, and suffering. But what about the other side of the coin? During graduate school, I began to supplement my traditional training by learning more about wellness, happiness, and psychological well-being. I stumbled across the burgeoning field of "positive psychology," which studies these topics as well as things like character strengths, virtue, and happiness. This interest soon developed into my passion, and remains so to this day. 

Today, I wear two hats in my professional life. First, I am the Assistant Regional Director of Mental Health Training at a large HMO in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I help oversee the mental health training programs across twenty medical centers in Northern California. And second, I provide trainings, consultations, keynotes, and seminars on topics related to wellness, happiness, and reaching your full potential. In 2015, I released my first book, entitled Real Happiness, a self-help book outlining seven proven paths to happiness and well-being. More recently in 2018, I released by second self-help booked, entitled The Happiness Toolbox, which provides an array of tools and handouts for both readers and practitioners alike. In June 2020, my third book was released. Entitled "Awestruck," it focuses on the science of awe and how we can cultivate more awe and wonder in our lives. 

Check out Real Happiness:

Check out The Happiness Toolbox:

Check out Awestruck

Thank you again for taking the time to check out my site! I appreciate your interest in my work, and look forward to helping you harness the skills needed to develop lasting happiness and wellness. 



Speaking, Media Appearances, Consulting, and Retreats


Professional Workshops and Seminars

If you're a mental health clinician or healthcare professional, I'm pleased to offer professional workshops on the science of happiness. These typically range from one to six hours in length, and provide an overview of the current research on happiness and well-being along with practical tools for increasing life satisfaction and happiness in daily life. 

I've presented both nationally and internationally through organizations such as the Cape Cod Institute, PESI, Institute for Brain Potential, Psychotherapy Networker, TATRA, Kaiser Permanente, and more. For my current speaking schedule, click here. For rates and further information, please use the contact information tab at the bottom of the page.


Media Appearances

Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to make frequent media appearances to discuss issues related to happiness, well-being, positive psychology, and awe. This has included appearances on the radio, television, and podcasts, as well as having articles published through popular online and print outlets such as mindbodygreen, Conscious Lifestyle magazine, and the Psychotherapy Networker Magazine.

If you're interested in having me on your show or podcast as a guest to discuss the science of happiness and well-being, or are interested in having me write a guest column or article on your site, please contact me for further information.


Presentations for General Audiences

While I love giving presentations to professional audiences, one of my true professional passions is to deliver seminars, talks, and keynotes to the public at large. Whether you're a company, organization, or school, I'm happy to come and present on the science of happiness, and teach your audience or group more about the benefits of well-being.



Whether you're a company looking to gain an edge in the marketplace, or an organization looking to improve the well-being of its employees, I'm thrilled to offer consultation on applications of positive psychology in the workplace. Increasing happiness and well-being in the workplace has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved physical and emotional health, enhanced immune system functioning, increased compassion and social relationships, and improved cognitive functioning. Please contact me for further information about this service.


 Speaking Schedule

2022 Speaking Schedule:

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2021 Speaking Schedule:

January 9th:  6-hour Science of Happiness webinar sponsored by TZK Seminars. For information and registration, please visit

January 18th: IBP CBT

January 22nd: TZK CBT

February 4th: Power to Fly Wellness Event

February 8th: Science of Happiness International Conference (Ukraine)

February 12th: The Happiness Edge -- Fostering Well-Being in the Workplace. Check out for more information.

February 20th: TZK Awe

March 8th: TZK CBT

March 15th: Well-Being At work (KP Internal)

March 18-21st: Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

April 3rd: TZK Positive Psych

April 12th: IBP CBT

April 21st:  Hirose event

May 6th: Awestruck: How the New Science of Awe Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Connected. Check out for more information

May 8th: TZK CBT

May 11th: BetterUp Awe & Wonder

May 20th: IBP Happiness Edge

May 21st: TZK Awe

May 24th: IBP CBT

June 6th: IBP Trauma

June 5th: TZK CBT

June 25th: TZK Positive Psych

July 9th: TZK CBT

July 24th: 3-hour Science of Awe seminar (webinar) sponsored by TZK Seminars. For information and registration, please visit

August 2nd: TZK CBT

August 16-18: Cape Cod Institute 

August 21st: TZK Positive Psych

October: 4 day happiness retreat pesi

November 1st: Hirose Positive Psych

November 29th: Hirose CBT

Sampling of Past Speaking Engagements:

Institute for Brain Potential


Cape Cod Institute

US Journal Training

Psychotherapy Networker

JFK University

Kaiser Permanente 

TZK Seminars


Power to Fly

Jack Hirose & Associates (Canada)

TATRA (Australia)

PSIEO (Turkey)



In June 2002, I released my newest book entitled "Awestruck: How Embracing Wonder Can Make You Happier, Healthier, and More Connected." In it, I explore the science of awe, including its impact on our physical health, emotional well-being, and overall lives. It also includes over 60 easy-to-use practices to bring greater awe into your own life. To purchase, please visit this link

My previous books include Real Happiness and The Happiness Toolbox. I'm thrilled to continue my journey of offering readers new ways to live a fulfilling, happy, and meaningful life. 

For more information about my first book, Real Happiness, please visit the following link: 

For more information about my second book, The Happiness Toolbox, please visit the following link:


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Education and Experience


Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)-- PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium

  • Doctoral Dissertation: Positive Psychotherapy for Anxiety and Stress

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)-- Columbia University

  • Double Major in Psychology and History 

Selected Professional Experience:

Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo, CA

  • Assistant Regional Director of Mental Health Training, Northern California. Helps in the administration and leadership of nearly 200 mental health trainees spanning 20 medical centers. In my clinical practice, I provide individual and group psychotherapy to a broad range of patient populations, and provide hospital/emergency room coverage. 

Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael, CA

  • Postdoctoral Residency in Chemical Dependency Services

Loma Linda VA Medical Center

  • Predoctoral Internship with rotations in Adult Outpatient, Chemical Dependency, and Geropsychology/Rehabilitation 

Selected Training Experience: 

Stanford University Medical Center, Inpatient Unit

San Jose VA Medical Center

Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley

San Jose Job Corps, Mental Health Services