Thirty years ago we invented the science of language and psychology, and we've been perfecting it ever since. Our history traces back to the 1990s and the seminal work of Receptiviti Co-Founder, Prof. James W. Pennebaker at the University of Texas who began investigating whether analysis of writing could predict mental and physical health, personalities, social behaviours, and cognitive processes.
Since those early days, our science has been the basis of thousands of publications covering topics such as organizational psychology, behaviour change, risk, mental health, deception, and more.
For years, we have worked closely with academics around the world, supporting and contributing to their research, gathering data, and continuously improving the informative and predictive quality of our platform.
Today, Receptiviti is the global leader in language psychology, and our ever-expanding customer-base spans industries including financial services, market research, education, medicine, human capital, professional services, and more.
HEAD OF LINGUISTICS
Kiki leads language psychology, computational linguistics and language research disciplines at Receptiviti. She is a Computational Linguist & Data Scientist, and studied under Prof. James Pennebaker at the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics with a Minor in Psychology.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mike is the former Group Head and CEO, Global Banking and Markets for Scotiabank. He retired from Scotiabank in 2016 to pursue a variety of business, philanthropic and academic interests. He is a founding principal in Cabot Links, a member of the Board of Directors of TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture, a member of the Board of Directors of the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Social Impact at Queen’s University and the Master of Management Analytics Program at Queen’s University. Mike holds a B Comm degree from St. Mary’s University, a PhD in Finance and Operations Research from Queen’s University and an honorary Doctorate from St. Mary’s University.
Kent is an experienced engineering and technology leader with expertise in building complex enterprise-grade platforms that utilize data science, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing. His engineering experience spans industries including education, market research, marketing, security and law enforcement. Kent holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics.
VP STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Jennifer is responsible for sales strategy and growth. In her role, she cultivates Receptiviti's business partnerships and focuses on product innovation in support of delivering exceptional solutions to clients. Prior to joining Receptiviti, Jennifer was Managing Director & Head of Sales, Equity Derivative Solutions at Scotiabank. During her 14-year career at the Bank, she led the marketing and sales efforts for two successful platform growth initiatives.
DR. MOLLY IRELAND
Molly leads Social Psychology at Receptiviti and focuses on expanding our capabilities related to understanding and measuring mental health, personality, language coordination, and social dynamics from language. Molly studied under Prof. James Pennebaker at the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology, and is widely recognized as an authority in the field. She has authored and contributed to over 45 peer-reviewed papers, and her research has been featured by the New York Times, Discover, and Slate.
CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER
Jonathan co-founded Receptiviti with James Pennebaker, and as Chief Revenue Officer is responsible for new business sales, installed client base sales, marketing, and partner strategy. Prior to founding Receptiviti, Jonathan cofounded a technology company that developed software for professional services firms, universities, and government agencies. Prior to this, he had a 15-year career as a strategy consultant working with the executive teams at global technology and financial services companies like SAP, Cisco and MasterCard. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, from York University, and an MBA from McMaster University.
DR. JAMES W. PENNEBAKER
CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER
James is the former Chair of the Department of Psychology and current Centennial Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the relationship between natural language use, health, and social behaviour. He has been recognized by the American Psychological Association as one of the top researchers on trauma, disclosure, and health, and has authored six books and received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Army Research Institute, and other federal agencies for studies in language, emotion, and social dynamics. As Receptiviti's Chief Science Officer, James is deeply involved in Receptiviti's research and product development efforts, and works intimately with our large customers.
Meet our leadership team
The words we use have tremendous ability to illuminate who we are, how we feel, think and make decisions. Watch Receptiviti co-founder, Dr. James Pennebaker's TEDTalk: