Past Events

3rd Western Positive Psychology Association Conference

January 20, 2018 — Claremont Graduate University

The Next Generation of Positive Psychology Research

Please find our  WPPA 3rd CGU Conference Program – 1.20.2018 and link to our 2018 Conference Event Documentary photos as well as professional photos of the Opening and Closing Keynotes, Book Signing and Poster Session.

Shaun TomsonMihaly Csikszentmihalyi , Kendall Cotton Bronk, and Stewart I. Donaldson shared the kickoff for our 3rd WPPA Conference!  Presentations by professors and students from CSU-Northridge, Stanford University, University of New Mexico,  UC Irvine, Penn State, Ohio State, Pepperdine University, CSU-Dominguez Hills, University of New Mexico and more shared their latest research on Gratitude, GRIT, Efficacy, Performance under Pressure, Wisdom, Positive Workplace Change, Compassionate Love, Well-Being, Appreciation, and positive psychology FLOW, to name only a few.    Positive Psychology professionals including Raylene Gonzalez, Jessica Morales, and faculty from Claremont Graduate University Kendall Cotton Bronk, Jeffrey  C. Yip, and Jason T. Siegel rounded out our program, with an exciting seven-presenter symposium on Habits and Positive Psychology led by Jeanne Nakamura.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s closing Keynote: Addressing Major Problems in Society:  The Next Generation of Positive Psychology Research was exceptional.

If you would like to see videos of both the opening and the closing Keynotes, please visit our website hosted by Claremont Graduate University Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences (DBOS).

WPPA membership is free

  

International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) — 5th World Congress

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

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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 .

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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

For updates on our events and growing community, please join our mailing list using the quick email sign-up form on the right.

We loved sharing the  1st WPPA Conference, September, 2014 where we

  • Featured the world premier of North of Normal.
  • Celebrated the 80th Birthday of Co-Founder of Positive Psychology – Professor Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi featuring world renowned leaders and,
  • Hosted the 1st western region academic conference for our scientific community.

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

Saturday, Sept. 6th: The Future of Positive Psychology Celebrating Csikszentmihalyi’s – 80th Birthday:  

Sunday, Sept. 7th: First Western Positive Psychology Association Academic Conference  

 The photos are free for your downloading and sharing.  Your family, students,  department, school, university, clients, even local newspapers may enjoy hearing about your professional work and of course, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Help build our community by sharing photos and the good work being done.

For more information about our invited speakers, please visit

A Celebration of Positive Psychology 

copyright Angela Mouton and Monica Montijo

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 enjoyed the world premiere screening of human experiences!  See North of Normal trailer.

September 7th – We held the 1st Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) Academic Conference

Established in 2013, WPPA brought  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, plus more.

Invited faculty presented included Antonella Delle Fave – University of Milano, Giacomo Bono – California State University-Domnguez Hills, Bruce Smith – University of New Mexico, Karen Beard – Ohio State University, Jennifer T. Pedrotti, California Polytechnic State University, Zaynah Kahn – Bahria University, Somboon Jarukasemthawee, Chulalongkorn University, Rhona Slaughter-USC, and our Claremont Graduate University scholars Jeanne Nakamura, Kendall Cottn Bronk, Becky Reichard, Jason Siegel, Meghana Rao, Stewart Donaldson and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Faculty and students brought their latest research to share from New Mexico, Oregon, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, University of Queensland, Florida, Italy, and more.

Whether you are faculty, grad, undergrad, or professional, you will join our community learning the latest research in Positive Psychology.

For updates on our events and growing community, please join our mailing list using the quick email sign-up form on the right.

2nd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology

July 16-18, 2014 – Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottowa Canada

Keynote Speakers include: Sonja Lyubomirsky, Michael Steger, Tim Kasse

7th European Conference on Positive Psychology

July 1-4, 2014

The Trimbos Institute will be host ECPP7 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Registration is now open. For more information visit: http://www.enpp.eu/

Please drop by our WPPA Booth at the ECPP 2014 conference!

UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Gratitude Summit

June 7th, 2014

Craneway Conference Center, Richmond, CA

Keynote Speakers included:   Brother David Steindl-Rast, Jack Kornfield, Robert Emmons, Ph.D., Teri McKeever,  Wendy Berry Mendes, Ph.D., Ninpun Mehta, and Andrea Hussong, Ph.D..

Western Psychological Association

April 24-27, 2014

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront,  Portland, Oregon

Thanks to those of you for visiting our WPPA Booth at WPA.

A tremendous number of Positive Psychology studies, speakers, and symposia were shared with a ground-swell of enthusiasm for the work we are all doing.   Our membership is growing rapidly.

WPA invited presentations by Stewart Donaldson titled My Last Lecture  followed the next day with Criticisms and Strengths of Positive Psychology, both  earning warm ovations.  Noting the irony of his sequential talks, Dr. Donaldson welcomed standing-room only crowds, shared insights and hopes for Positive Psychology’s future.

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Lasting Inner Strength and Peace

Nov 16, 2013 — International House, UC Berkeley Campus

With: Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Claremont Professional Development Workshops

August 25-30, 2013 — Claremont, California

Hope you were able to attend the workshops.

Click here to view flyer.

APA Conference 2013

American Psychological Association

July 31-August 4, 2013, — Honululu, Hawaii

“Feminist practice & our collective future: Exploring positive frameworks in social action & change.”

Hope you were able to visit our Booth #1120 at the APA Convention.

IPPA Conference 2013

Third World Congress on Positive Psychology

June 27-30, 2013 — Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles, CA

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Our IPPA Symposium, Saturday morning, June 29, 2013, 9-10 AM, featured Jane Dutton, James Pawelski, Stewart Donaldson, Shari Kuchenbecker and Kerk Kee.

“Creating a positive academic community at your university: Serving incoming Millennials, Gen X, and Gen Y preparing for the future.”

Hope you were able to visit our Booth #202 at the Third World Congress Convention.

WPA Conference 2013

Western Psychological Association

April 25-28, 2013 —  Grand Sierra, Reno, Nevada

“Teaching academic positive psychology: How psychology departments can better serve undergrad Millennials.”

Symposium featuring Stewart Donaldson

Hope you were able to visit our Booth #7 at the WPA Convention.