2nd Western Positive Psychology Association Conference

January 21, 2017


Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) brought our collaborative scientific community of faculty, students, and scholars together for the 2nd WPPA Conference on January 21, 2017 at    CGU.  Advancing and supporting rigorous, evidence-based empirical research in the science of happiness, excellence and optimal human and organizational functioning, we learned about the latest research from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Jeanne Nakamura, Stewart Donaldson, Mike Warren, David Boyns, L. Johnson Davis, Meg Rao Warren, Richard Goerling, Zita Oravecz, Dana Wanzer, Kelly Chang, Annie Arcuri, Brittany Hite, Giacomo Bono, Li Li NanChang, Viviane Seyranian, T.L. Brink, Ericka Goerling, Shelly Harrell, Adam Jones, Tiffany Berry, Kendall Bronk, Jeffrey Yip, Jason Siegel followed by a student and collaborative faculty poster session and book signings by Stewart Donaldson, Kendall Bronk, Mashi Rahmani, Paul Zak, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Please enjoy our photo documentary of the  WPPA 2nd Conference 1.21.2017

Schedule of Events (click for PDF)

Our Positive Psychology for Societal Impact featured individual presentations, poster sessions, and Round Table discussions from researchers on topics:

  • Positive Psychology in Work and Organizations
  • Positive Development across the Life Span
  • Positive Health, Well-Being, and Sports
  • Theory and Methodology in Positive Psychology
  • Positive Personality and Social Psychology
  • Positive Psychology in Diverse Contexts

Supporting students in research is a primary goal of WPPA.   For more ideas  – Click Making an Appealing Conference Poster MW
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UNC-Chapel Hill – Positive Psychology MOOC (MASSIVE ONLINE OPEN COURSE)

New Session Began January 16, 2016

Leaders in the Positive Psychology field including Barbara Fredrickson, Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology (PEP) Lab at UNC-Chapel Hill, share their knowledge, insights and cutting edge research offering a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) featuring evidence-based approaches to help people live fuller more contributive lives.   No science or psychology background needed – anyone could/can sign up for this MOOC six-week course for credit or audit.

Professionals ask you to put your thoughts, feelings, and ideas into writing – personalized learning!  Financial support is available for learners. Barb_MOOC

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July 13-16, 2017   Palais de Congrès de Montréal,   Montéal, Québec, Canada  


1st Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) Conference – September 5-7, 2014.

Cutting edge talks were presented by Martin Seligman, Antonella Delle Fave, Howard Gardner, Hans Henrik Knoop, Jeanne Nakamura, Stewart Donaldson, & Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi!

For more information about our invited speakers, please go to  A Celebration of Positive Psychology and for photos, visit a photo documentary at  The Future of Positive Psychology Celebrating Csikszentmihalyi’s 80th Birthday .

Sept. 7, 2014 – Sunday

1st Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) Academic Conference

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Established in 2013, the 1st WPPA Conference brought together our western region scientific community of faculty, students, and scholars to share their latest rigorous, evidence based empirical research in the science of happiness, excellence and optimal function.  Arriving from University of New Mexico (see photos above), University of Milano, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, Australia and many other universities, Stewart Donaldson, Antonella Della Fave and Shelly Harrell graciously opened our day of speakers, posters and events.

Faculty, grads, undergrads, or professionals joined our community learning about the latest research in Positive Psychology.

View photos at the 1st Western Positive Psychology Association Academic Conference

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