Our Story

 

 

Receptiviti is a social psychology and data science company that utilizes language, social psychology, and artificial intelligence to uncover insights about people that power predictive models,  inform decisions, and optimize interpersonal interactions

Our mission is to help organizations gain a deep understand of the people that matter to them. To this end, we are building the world's most advanced computational language psychology platform for understanding the full spectrum of human emotions, drives, traits, and behaviours.

 

​​We maintain our position at the forefront of our field through relentless innovation, experimentation, and research, and we support a community of academics and researchers at top universities around the world. 

 

Receptiviti was co-founded by Dr. James W. Pennebaker, former Chair of the Department of Psychology and currently Centennial Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Pennebaker is the inventor of LIWC -- the gold-standard algorithm in the field of language psychology - a field he pioneered. Dr. Pennebaker has authored ten books, over 300 scientific articles, 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. 

Executive Team

PROF. JAMES W. PENNEBAKER

CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER

James is the former Chair of the Department of Psychology and currently 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, and he has been recognized by the American Psychological Association as one of the top researchers on trauma, disclosure, and health. He 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, product development efforts, and he works intimately with our large customers.

JONATHAN KREINDLER

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.

MIKE DURLAND

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.

KIKI ADAMS

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.

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KENT ENGLISH

VP, TECHNOLOGY

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 a Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics.

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JENNIFER GLISTA

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. SEAN FARRELL

DATA SCIENCE

Sean is a Data Scientist who has worked across a range of industries including government and intelligence, law enforcement, healthcare, utilities and professional sport. His expertise covers natural language processing, machine learning, computer vision and graph theory. Sean holds a Ph.D. in High Energy Astrophysics from the University of New South Wales, a BSc. in Physics and a BEng. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Newcastle.

Domain Experts

DR. RYAN BOYD

Ryan is Assistant Professor of Behavioural Analytics in the Psychology Department at Lancaster University, and co-creator of LIWC. He has published over 60 papers and applications, which have been cited over 3,800 times. Ryan's work has been published in leading journals across disciplines, including Psychological Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Science Advances. He holds a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in Social and Health Psychology from North Dakota State University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University.

DR. MATTHIAS MEHL

Matthias is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. He received his doctorate in social and personality psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Over the last decade, Matthias developed the electronically activated recorder (EAR) as a novel methodology for the unobtrusive naturalistic observation of daily life. He has given workshops and published numerous articles on novel methods for studying daily life, and is a founding member and the current Vice President of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment. Matthias holds a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

TEDTalk

The words we use have tremendous ability to illuminate who we are and how we're feeling. Watch James' TEDTalk and learn more about the power of words: