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SIPPA (Students of IPPA)

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

The International Positive Psychology Association is so grateful to the following members of the Clinical Division Steering and Launch Committee. These leaders have volunteered their time and expertise over the last two years to develop the division’s inaugural charter and initiatives.

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Airan Yuan

Airan holds a BSc Health Promotion from Dalhousie University in Canada. More

During her degree, she completed a few positive psychology related projects. She collaborated with local lead geriatric psychiatrists on the “Fountain of Health” initiative for seniors’ positive mental health. She conducted a study on the well-being of rural physicians and the findings were presented at the 4th World Congress on Positive Psychology. She carried out a project on workplace wellness for healthcare professionals, which was presented at the 5th World Congress. She’s passionate about promoting optimal health and currently works in natural health with essential oils ( One of her biggest accomplishments in life is to have helped a close family member overcome Depression. She now volunteers in the Clinical Division as the communications lead.

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Nicole Mikanik, MAPP
Communication and Community Lead

Member of the Positive Clinical Psychology Leadership Team More

Coming soon

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Margarita Tarragona, Ph.D.

Margarita Tarragona is a psychologist who specializes in coaching and psychotherapy. More

She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago. She has been the director of the Instituto de Ciencias de la Felicidad Tecmilenio in Mexico, created the  Diploma in Positive Psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana and is on the faculty of the Certificate in Positive Psychology  (CIPP) program for Latin America. She co-founded and teaches in Grupo Campos Elíseos, a training institute for psychotherapists.

In her work as a clinician and coach, Margarita incorporates scientific findings on human flourishing from positive psychology, with collaborative and narrative ways of working with clients to generate dialogue, expand their life stories and discover new possibilities. Margarita is on the advisory  board of directors of IPPA, is the president of the Mexican Positive Psychology Society (SMPP) and is a global representative of IPEN, the International Positive Education Network. She publishes regularly, both in academic journals and books, and in popular media.