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Council of Advisors

IPPA Council of Advisors

The IPPA Council of Advisors is comprised of a global network of thought leaders, innovators and others with depth of experience in the science or practice of positive psychology, past-presidents of the association, and other accomplished individuals who bring their direct management experience to bear in supporting the long-term mission, strategy, business management, and operations of the organization. Collectively, the Council of Advisors brings nearly a millennium worth of hands-on experience to IPPA.

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Carmelo Vázquez, Ph.D. ( Through 2023 ) Professor of Psychopathology Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Carmelo Vázquez (Ph.D.), Professor of Psychopathology, Complutense University at Madrid, was a Postdoctoral Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). More

Carmelo Vázquez (Ph.D.), Professor of Psychopathology, Complutense University at Madrid, was a Postdoctoral Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). He has published more than 200 papers in top-rank journals (Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology Review, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Memory, Cortex, Emotion, etc.). From 1992 to 1997 served as Associate Editor of the British Journal of Clinical Psychology. In 1997 he received the European Association of Psychological Assessment (EAPA) “Annual Award for Early Distinguished Scientific or Professional Contribution to Psychological Assessment”. Besides his academic work, he collaborates as an external advisor of the crisis intervention team of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF) to promote resilience among its staff working in emergency situations in the field. He is a member of the editorial board of several international journals and Past-President of the Spanish Society of Positive Psychology (SEPP), national representative of the European Network for Positive Psychology (ENPP), and the 2013-15 President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). He belongs to the team that has designed the well-being module of the European Social Survey (ESS6, 2013). His current research is related to the role of positive emotions in clinical psychology and the efficacy of clinical positive interventions in disorders like depression.

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Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Ph.D. ( Through 2025 ) Associate Professor, Director of Master of Applied Positive Psychology The University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick (PhD) is a Professor and Deputy Director at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. More

Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick (PhD) is a Professor and Deputy Director at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is also Head of Research and the inaugural Director of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (2013 – 2015) at the Centre for Positive Psychology. Dianne is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Health Psychologists, and an inaugural Editor in Chief of the Psychology of Well-Being journal (2011-2016).  She has served as Treasurer and Secretary of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and is currently on the IPPA Council of Advisors.  Dianne founded the Australian Positive Psychology Network and has co-directed three Australian Positive Psychology and Well-being conferences. Her work is well published in scientific journals and she has received 2.8 million dollars of funding including three Australian Research Council grants. She has worked with not for profit organisations, schools from all sectors, community services and large commercial organisations to assess and promote well-being for all. She is especially interested in enhancing the well-being of individuals and groups by working in partnership with them to listen to their experiences, understand their needs and co-create well-being programs that consider the whole person and the complex system in which they interact. Dianne’s methods are diverse and include the latest technological advances for health promotion and building resilience. She also integrates ethical and professional practice issues in much of her work and has extensive experience with scale development.

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Lea Waters, Ph.D. ( Through 2027 ) Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology University of Melbourne, Australia, Australia

Professor Lea Waters (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is the Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. More

Professor Lea Waters (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is the Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Lea a registered psychologist (AHPRA), a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a full member of the APS College of Organisational Psychologist. Lea holds an Affiliate position with Cambridge University’s Wellbeing Institute in the United Kingdom and the Centre for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan in the United Kingdom. She is the Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 4th World Congress of Positive Psychology.

Lea is internationally recognised for her research and has published and presented in the United Kingdom, Canada, U.S.A., Asia and Europe. She has published over 70 scientific articles and book chapter as well as speaking at over 100 academic conferences. She is a regular contributor to the Journal of Positive Psychology.

Lea was named the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Educator of the Year in 2004, received an Australian University Individual Teaching Excellence Award from the Prime Minister in 2007 as well as team Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Government’s Office for Teaching and Learning in 2013.

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Mathew White, Ph.D. ( Ex Officio ) Associate Professor in the School of Education University of Adelaide, Australia

Mathew White PhD is President of the Education Division for IPPA and an Ex Officio Member of the IPPA Council of Advisors (Office Ends 2021). More

Mathew White PhD is President of the Education Division for IPPA and an Ex Officio Member of the IPPA Council of Advisors (Office Ends 2021).

Mathew is an Australian academic and Associate Professor (Level D: Reader) in the School of Education at the University of Adelaide. He is a member of the School of Education’s Leadership Team and the Program Director for the Master of Education degree where he lectures on educational leadership, and wellbeing education. He is also a Principal Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.

He is a member of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA), American Educational Research Association (AERA) and British Educational Research Association (BERA).

Mathew has published research and co-edited three ground-breaking books on wellbeing education including:

  • Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations, and Policy (Springer, 2017)
  • Flourishing in Faith: Theology Encountering Positive Psychology. Cascade Books. Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon.
  • Evidence-Based Approaches in Positive Education Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools (Springer, 2015)

His next book Wellbeing Education and Professional Practice – Transforming Teaching is co-authored with Professor Faye McCallum (Springer, 2020).

He is a member of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA), American Educational Research Association (AERA) and British Educational Research Association (BERA).

He is a Council Appointed Member of the School Council of St Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School, Past Chair of the Positive Education Schools Association South Australian Chapter (2017-19) and Past Secretary (2016). He is a Global Representative for the International Positive Education Network (IPEN).

Before his appointment to the University of Adelaide, Mathew held senior leadership positions in schools for a decade. He has over 20 years of teaching experience and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.

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Marié Wissing, Ph.D. ( Through 2025 ) Professor, School of Psychosocial Behavioral Sciences North West University, South Africa

Professor Marié P. Wissing is research professor in the Africa Unit for Trans-disciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) at the North-West University in South Africa. More

Professor Marié P. Wissing is research professor in the Africa Unit for Trans-disciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) at the North-West University in South Africa. She has teaching experience in clinical, general and Positive Psychology (PP) at various South African and European universities. She developed a research programme in Psychofortology (i. e. the science of psychological strengths; FORT) including several funded team projects, with also links to multidisciplinary projects. Her current research focus is on the understanding, measurement and promotion of psychosocial well-being and strengths in diverse contexts, with emphasis on meaning, goals, relational wellbeing, and cultures of positivity. She is a member of the international Eudaimonic-Hedonic Happiness Investigation (EHHI) project lead by Antonella Delle Fave.  Marié is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Happiness studies, and a member of the editorial board of several other disciplinary journals. Her scientific output includes peer reviewed articles, chapters in scientific books, and books including Well-being Research in South Africa.  She initiated the First PP Conference in South Africa, and the first master’s degree in Positive Psychology in Africa. 115 masters and doctoral degree students completed their studies under her (co-)supervision. She is on the Council of Advisors for the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).

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Yukun Zhao, MAPP, Ph.D. ( Through 2024 ) Vice Director Positive Psychology Research Center, Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Yukun Zhao is the vice director of the Positive Psychology Research Center at Tsinghua University, China. He received his Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, and Master of Applied Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania. More

Dr. Yukun Zhao is the vice director of the Positive Psychology Research Center at Tsinghua University, China. He received his Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, and Master of Applied Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania. His main research interests are positive education, especially growth mindset and learning motivations. He organizes events like China International Positive Psychology Conferences, founds organizations like the Beijing Positive Psychology Association, develops programs like Positive Education that has been applied in more than 100 schools, and oversees the Positive Psychology Certificate Program at Tsinghua University that has trained more than 1000 people. His positive psychology MOOC has been watched by tens of thousands of people. He has published five books in China and edited/translated four books.