3rd Western Positive Psychology Association Conference

January 20, 2018

Quick reminder – our WPPA Abstract Submission DEADLINE is fast approaching.  The link will remain OPEN  until 11:59pm PST December 18, 2017!

We welcome you to join our 3rd Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) Conference held at Claremont Graduate University on Saturday, January 20, 2018.  Conference registration is now open.   Student registration is $25.  Faculty and professionals are $50.   Our conference topic this year is:

The Next Generation of Positive Psychology Research

At our conference you will find rigorous, evidenced-based empirical research presented by well know academicians, scholars and students as symposia (oral presentations),  individual presentations, and posters.

For more information, please visit CGU WPPA 2018 Conference Information website.

Streamlined WPPA submission guidelines require simply your presentation title, 150-200 word abstract, authors and academic affiliations.  Please submit soon.

WPPA membership is free.


The Positive Leadership and Innovation Program

June 13, 2018





The Positive Leadership and Innovation program is a three-day strength-based program empowering leaders to create a positive culture, which fosters both the mindset and behaviors that allow teams and employees to be more innovative.  The program is taught by Berkeley Faculty and leading Silicon Valley experts.

Please visit our website and registration.   Sign up through the WPPA website and receive a 10% discount.


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UNC-Chapel Hill – Positive Psychology MOOC (MASSIVE ONLINE OPEN COURSE)

New Session Begins Soon

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.

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International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)

5th World Congress


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

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
Please join our WPPA community of positive psychology members to receive more updates.      WPPA membership is free.


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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