Past events in our neighborhood

1st Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) Conference

September 5-7, 2014

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  

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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.

AND on 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.

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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:

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

2nd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology

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

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

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.

WPA Conference 2013

Western Psychological Association

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

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

Symposium featuring Stewart Donaldson

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

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.

Claremont Professional Development Workshops

August 25-30, 2013, Claremont, California

Hope you were able to attend the workshops.

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The 3rd World Congress on Positive Psychology

Congress Chair, Dr. Stewart Donaldson talks about the current developments in positive psychology in his interview with David Van Nuys.

Dr. Stewart Donaldson’s introduction to the Third World Congress on Positive Psychology