A collaborative community of scholars.

The Western Positive Psychology Association is dedicated to creating a collaborative scientific community of faculty, students, and scholars to advance and support an academic agenda in the field of positive psychology.

The vision of the Western Positive Psychology Association is to promote an influential and sustainable academic presence of positive psychology in the western region of the United States. WPPA encourages teaching, scientific research, interdisciplinary collaborative investigations and dissemination of knowledge in positive psychology and strongly supports the professional development of positive psychology faculty and students.

Announcing the 1st Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) Conference

The Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) in collaboration with the Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a series of special event focused on positive psychology.  Professionals, academics, and students alike are invited to participate in the vibrant on-site community, or to join us online for real-time interactive webcasts of the events.

September 5-7, 2014

  • Featuring the world premiere of North of Normal.
  • Celebrating the 80th Birthday of the Co-Founder of positive psychology –                   Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi featuring world renowned speakers and leaders 
  • Hosting the 1st western region academic conference. Our CALL for ABSTRACTS  is now open and we encourage you to share your latest research.

Sept. 5 – Friday  North of Normal  World Premiere

In 2013, doctoral students Angela Mouton and Monica Montijo embarked on a worldwide adventure asking people “what do you love?” and  “what is your greatest passion?” and “what has been a peak experience in your life?”   From outback Australia to South Africa to New Orleans, we invite you to join us for the world premiere screening of human experiences!  See the trailer.

Sept. 6 – Saturday - The Future of Positive Psychology: A Tribute to Dr. Csikszentmihalyi 

We will be hosting a special symposium focused on the Future of Positive Psychology celebrating Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s 80th birthday and career contributions. Join us to hear from leaders in the field including: Martin Seligman, Antonella Delle Fave, Howard Gardner, Hans Henrik Knoop, Jeanne Nakamura, Stewart Donaldson, & Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Sept. 7 – Sunday - 1st Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) Academic Conference

Established in 2013, WPPA brings together the scientific community of faculty, students, and scholars to share their latest rigorous, evidence based empirical research in the science of happiness, excellence and optimal functioning. 

We invite you to submit your best research, and participate in exciting discussions on empirical research in positive psychology.  The proposal submission form is available at www.cgu.edu/positivepsychology

For more information, see WPPA Upcoming Events.