Humor Academy

It’s the Harvard of humor. The Cambridge of comedy.

And you don’t have to live in a dorm.

You’ll learn so much about humor’s applications and benefits, it’s not even funny.

At the Humor Academy, you’ll take a deep dive into all things humor with an inclusive and supportive cohort of professionals, and you’ll learn from some of the finest experts and comprehensive texts in the field. The Humor Academy uses a collaborative learning environment with participants representing a variety of occupations including (but not limited to) health and wellness, business, education, mental health, spirituality, performance, writing, speaking, and training.

The Humor Academy is a one-of-a kind, three-year, college-level program focused on the science, benefits, and application of humor. Each level of the Humor Academy lasts one year, and those who complete all three years earn the distinction of Certified Humor Professional (CHP). Continuing education credits are available through the Humor Academy, as well.

What’s it like?

At each level, you’ll:


  • Attend the 1-day Humor Academy pre-conference meeting and the 3-day AATH conference

  • Participate in at least 8 video meetings with your cohort over the course of the year

  • Complete other assigned work, based on the syllabus


You’ll also complete various readings, and at Level III, you’ll get to participate in monthly calls with global humor thought leaders. You’ll enhance your knowledge, refine your humor skillset, and can even get funnier! At each level, you’ll focus on a central theme:


  • Level I:   Study of the theory and application of humor

  • Level II:  Develop and execute a humor project - check out recent projects here

  • Level III: Demonstrate leadership in the field of applied and therapeutic humor

Need More Details?   We've Got 'Em!

Humor Academy Leadership Team

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Mary Kay Morrison

Director and Founder,
Level I Instructor


Angie Robinson

Dean of Recruitment & Records

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Deb Gauldin

Level I - Special Events

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Roberta Gold

Level I Advisor

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Connie Pino

Level I International Advisor

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Beverly Eanes

Level II Advisor

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Teena Miller

Level II Advisor,
Project Coach

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Mary Laskin

Certified Humor Professional Program Coordinator


Karyn Buxman

Director and Co-Founder,
Level III Instructor


Kathy Laurenhue

Level I Advisor Coach

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Brenda Elsagher

Level I Advisor

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Nae Heintz

Level I Advisor


Steve Sultanoff

Level I Instructor


Laurie Young

Level II Advisor & Project Coach

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Jana Greco

Instructional Support
Project Coach


Nila Nielsen

Director of Logistics, 
Level II Instructor


Sporty King

Level I Advisor, 
HA Board Rep

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Melissa Baartmann Mork

Level I Advisor

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Jae Pierce-Baba

Level I Advisor

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Katherine Puckett

Level I Sponsor Connections

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Joyce Saltman

Level II Instructor, 
Advisor, Project Coach


David Jacobson

Certified Humor Professional Program Coordinator

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AATH awards funding to the Humor Academy educational program and Annual Conference to peace studies undergraduate or graduate students and faculty.

Humor Academy Fees   $380/year  

Invest in yourself and gain the knowledge and credentials that will help you bring positive humor to workplaces, hospitals, schools, and communities.