The Center for Well-Being was founded to develop an integrative therapy for the treatment of mental health disorders.

Our Hope for Therapy

Many modern therapeutic approaches neglect the interconnections between various facets of human personality. Dr. C. Robert Cloninger has spent the past twenty years developing an integrative biopsychosocial model of human personality.  This biopsychosocial model is at the core of the Science of Well-Being, which examines the principles and mechanisms underlying the natural development of well-being in the individual. Based on research done is this field, the center’s goal is to develop innovative forms of therapy that health professionals can integrate into their practices.  

Our Objectives

  • To help raise awareness of the importance of integrating biomedical, psychosocial, and spiritual approaches in the treatment of mental health disorders.
  • To research, describe, and promote an integrative therapy that promotes health and well-being and not strictly the treatment and management of disease.
  • To develop innovative theoretical and practical guidance for therapists based on an integrative mental health care model and the Science of Well-Being.
  • To facilitate the use of the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) by providing online access to the test and educating people on the theory behind it.

Our Team

In addition to many collaborators from Washington University Medical School and other universities and hospitals from around the world, the following professionals participate in the ongoing research activities at the center:


C. Robert Cloninger, MD
Wallace Renard Professor of Psychiatry and Genetics and Director of the Center for Well-Being


Alinda Muszynski
Administrative Coordinator

Maribel Martinez, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Kathryn Money
Medical Secretary


Academic Associations

Igor Zwir, PhD                                             Researcher and Instructor

Nigel Lester, MD                                      Clinical Researcher and Instructor

Sandor Rozsa, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology


Dragan M. Svrakic, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry

Sven Brandstrom, PhD

Barry Hong, PhD
Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry