We seek to improve emotional life and the accuracy of judgments of truthfulness based on demeanor by providing skills training online, in workshops and through strategic training alliances.
- Training is evidence-based, leavened by real life experience.
- Priority targets
- National Security and Law Enforcement
- Health and Educational Institutions
- General Public
- Claims about value of training are modest, erring on the side of under- rather than over-representing benefits.
- No public evaluations of individuals running for or currently in public office, or in litigation.
- Work in non-democracies considered on a case-by-case basis.
- We seek to maximize the usage of our training tools and workshops rather than focusing only on maximizing profit. Therefore, we do undertake pro bono work when relevant.
- We make our training tools are available to accredited researchers on a case-by-case basis.
Dr. Paul Ekman founded the Paul Ekman Group (PEG) when he retired from University of California-San Francisco, where he was a professor for nearly forty years. He wanted to translate his research findings into practical tools that would equip anyone to lead a more skillful emotional life and to enable those in law enforcement to more accurately spot lies during interrogations. His training tools on emotional skills have been used by teachers, therapists, physicians, salespersons, nurses and corporate executives all over the world. Ekman has personally provided workshops to the FBI, the CIA, US Department of Defense, the Counter-Intelligence School, and local law enforcement groups such as the New York Police Department. Those trained have provided a range of quality assured Paul Ekman Workshops through Paul Ekman International and its network of Licensed Delivery Centers around the globe, making his work more accessible to businesses and individuals. Today, Ekman continues to develop new online interactive training tools, such as Mapping your Anger Profile and Responding Effectively to Emotional Expressions (RE3), which will be available soon.
Dr. Paul Ekman
Chief Executive Officer
The co-discoverer of micro expressions, the originator of METT (Micro Expression Training Tools), SETT (Subtle Exprsesion Training Tools), RE3 (Responding Effectively to Emotional Expressions), MAP (Mapping your Anger Profile) and the author, co-author, or editor of 13 books. Ekman is recognized as the pioneer in facial expression, deception, and emotion. He was the scientific consultant for the TV series “Lie to Me,” and appeared in Time Magazine’s list, the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” in 2009. His numerous books convey his passion for his life’s work; most relevant to PEG are Telling Lies and Emotions Revealed, as well as Emotional Awareness, coauthored with the Dalai Lama.
PAST EMPLOYMENT: Professor of psychology, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical School,1972-2004; now Emeritus
EDUCATION:University of Chicago, New York University, and Adelphi University (PhD).
-Identified by the American Psychological Association as one of the 100 most influential psychologists of the twentieth century (2000).
-Deemed one of the 100 most influential persons in the world by Time Magazine (2009).
-Invited by the Royal Scientific Society in England to give the opening address to celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday (2009).
-Honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago, Adelphi University, and the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
-Professorship in Ekman’s name endowed at the University of California, San Francisco (2010).
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Mary Ann Mason, J.D., Ph.D.
Vice President and COO responsible for On-line tools and Business Development
Mary Ann Mason J.D., PhD is a Professor of the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley. She is considered an expert on public policy issues related to the effects of parenting on academic careers and women scientists, national policy issues regarding working families, child custody, step-families, children’s rights and the history of the American family and of childhood.
From 2000 to 2007, she served as the first woman Dean of the Graduate Division at UC Berkeley, with responsibility for nearly 10,000 students in more than 100 graduate programs. During her tenure, she championed diversity in the graduate student population, promoted equity for student parents, and pioneered measures to enhance the career/life balance for all students.
As the wife of Paul Ekman, she joined PEG in 2011. She is very enthusiastic about the fact that Paul Ekman can now apply his fifty years of research on emotion and deception to populations like families and couples and the workplace as well as law enforcement.
John Pearse (BSc (Hons), Ph.D., C. Psychol, AFBPsS)
Vice President and COO responsible for Workshop Training and Development
John Pearse (BSc (Hons), PhD, C. Psychol, AFBPsS) is a chartered psychologist, a member of the British Psychological Society and an associate member of the Division of Forensic Psychology. John is responsible for the training of potential trainers who are engaged with our partner organization Paul Ekman International. He brings a fascinating mix of psychological research, publishing, and many years of experience in law enforcement and national security. This combination has been harnessed in the design and delivery of a range of sought-after workshops with PEG. His expertise in emotional skills training and evaluating truthfulness and credibility benefits a wide range of professional customers.
John’s work has taken him around the world. He is regularly commissioned to undertake systemic reviews and recommend training paradigms for organisations that depend on the judgment, decision making and emotional stability of their staff–especially in pressurized or high stake environments. He has recently undertaken a confidential review of police interviewing of terrorist suspects in the United Kingdom, and has gone on to design and deliver a specialist multi-agency course combining: the ability to evaluate others; essential interpersonal skills; cultural awareness; and effective emotional balance. John is currently engaged on a similar project in mainland Europe.
John is editing a book on the investigation of terrorism–and continues to research and publish in the area of interviewing and evaluating truthfulness. He is a visiting lecturer at a number of colleges within the University of London.
Director for Law Enforcement and Security Workshops within North America
Paul F. Kelly has been with the Paul Ekman Group since 2005, and currently serves as Director for North American Workshops, and as Liaison to Law Enforcement, Military, National Security, and Corporate Security clients. He also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. After graduating from Brown University (B.A. Political Science), Paul received a commission as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. A decorated Vietnam veteran, he served with the 3rd Force Recon Co. and MACV. His military training included the US Army’s Interrogation, PSYOP, and Civil Affairs/Military Government Schools, and the USMC Command and Staff College. He attained the rank of Major, USMC(R). After receiving his M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii, Paul served for over twenty years as a special agent in the US Secret Service in a variety of protective, investigative, intelligence, and training assignments. He retired as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the White House Division. Other training billets have included: the Adjunct Faculty for the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic School, the Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, and the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary.
Paul is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and ASIS International; other professional affiliations have included the OPSEC Professionals’ Society, the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, and the International Organization of Asian Crime Investigators & Specialists.
Accountant & Business Manager
Debra Kay is a consultant to small businesses with a specialty in start-ups. Debra has served as financial and business operations adviser to PEG since 2004. She received a BA cum laude from Brandies University and an MBA from St Mary’s College, Moraga, CA.
Managing Director of Paul Ekman International plc
B. Ed.(Hons) – Manchester University, Member of the Association of Business Psychologists and Member of the Institute of Directors. Cliff is leading the development of the international network of PEG Licensed Delivery Centers and Approved Trainers from the offices and laboratory in Manchester, UK.
Development Officer, Emotional Skills
Eve Ekman is a San Francisco native and holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a crisis counselor in the Emergency Room at SF General Hospital from 2006-2012. Eve is a PhD Candidate in School of Social Welfare and a Fellow with the UCBerkeley Department of Psychology Greater Good Center. For her dissertation research Eve is working on a pilot emotion skills and mindfulness intervention with Juvenile Justice Officers to positively cope with emotional labor. Eve teaches the emotional skills component of the Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training (CEBTT) at Thanyapura MindCentre in Phuket, Thailand with contemplative scholar B.Alan Wallace. CEBTT is based upon a training Wallace and Eve’s father Paul Ekman developed at a mind-life meeting in the year 2000. For PEG Eve uses her research and training skills to develop integrated emotion and mindfulness trainings. Her training programs reduce stress and burnout and enhance “professional empathy” for workers in human service settings such as jails, hospitals, courtroooms and schools.
B.S., Business Administration/Marketing, San Francisco State University
Customer Service Manager
B.A., Sociology, Wesleyan University, 2001
Amos enjoys interacting with customers from all over the world. The Paul Ekman Group’s customers consistently impress him with their courtesy, intellectual curiosity and sincerity. Amos has a dedicated interest in emotional awareness and compassion education across many sectors, including music.
Personal & Research Assistant
Rose graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Psychology. Her background in Physiological Psychology sparks her interest in the study of micro-expressions and emotion.