Suzann (“Suzie”) Pileggi is a freelance writer and wellness counselor specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on health and relationships.
Her 2010 Scientific American Mind cover story, “The Happy Couple,” was the catalyst for the book Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love that Lasts (January, 2018) that she co-wrote with her husband James. She has given “Romance and Research” (TM) workshops around the world with James.
She is a contributing editor for Live Happy and writes the “Science of Well-being” column for the national magazine. As a columnist for the Newsletter of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), she has profiled many of the field’s leading scientists and featured their groundbreaking research in the publication. For nearly ten years, she has penned an “Eating Well With Whole Foods” column for Wisdom magazine and has written features for a variety of publications including Scientific American Mind, Natural Health, and Style. Her 2010 Scientific American Mind cover story “The Happy Couple” was selected twice by the magazine as one of its most intriguing articles of recent years. It was included in the 2012 “His Brain, Her Brain” special issue on the differences between men and women and the 2016 “The Sexual Brain” special issue.
Previously, Suzie directed award-winning media relations campaigns for Fortune 500 clients as a vice president at the NYC headquarters of Weber Shandwick Worldwide, the largest global public relations firm. Before that, she was at Burson-Marsteller where she received back-to-back media practice awards for her ongoing national placements. While there she orchestrated the world-famous Radio City Rockettes to (literally) kick-off the launch of the new “$50 bill on 50th Street” in NYC for her U.S. Treasury client and landed coverage on every national television network. Earlier in her career she was a publicist at Radio City Music Hall and a television producer for The Joan Rivers Show where she worked with leading publishing houses to feature some of their health and medical authors on the Emmy Award-winning program.
Suzie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In addition to disseminating the science of positive psychology in her writing, Suzie uses her MAPP degree and certification in health coaching to help people make better lifestyle and food choices. Her proudest accomplishment is raising her six-year-old son. She resides with her husband James and son Liam in Philadelphia and makes frequent trips to the beach and the mountains with her family to relax.