Dr. Erik M. Gregory received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed his clinical work at the Tavistock Clinic in London, where he treated refugee children suffering from trauma. His post-doctoral studies took place at Harvard Medical School (McLean Hospital). He also received master’s degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology and the Harvard Kennedy School Of Government in Public Leadership as a Littaeur Fellow. At the Kennedy School, he examined 21st Century models of leadership and followership and their intersections with psychology.  

Dr. Gregory has served as a Fellow with the National Cancer Institute in Hawaii, a Spencer Fellow with the Spencer Foundation, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago.  He most recently completed an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Dr. Erik M. Gregory is a leading proponent of positive psychology. In addition to being a leadership consultant and a psychotherapist in private practice, he has advised clients in government, the non-profit sector, and the world of children’s educational television.


He is the psychotherapist in residence at the Humanist Hub and serves as the Executive Director of the Media Psychology Research Center of Boston.


As part of his support for the LGBTQ community, he has advised the Human Rights Campaign, Fenway Health, and the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus. Dr. Gregory is an ordained Humanist Minister.

In Print

Contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology, 2012 (Oxford University Press)

Co-writer of Exploring Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-being, 2016 (ABC-Clio)

Writer of the Secular Shepherd Blog, 2015-present (Psychology Today Magazine)