Positive Psychology Researchers: Top Influencers’ Database

Positive Psychology Researchers header Years ago, Lisa Sansom, MAPP, of LVS Consulting started a list of positive psychology researchers, using a Google spreadsheet and filling in all the names of the researchers that she knew about from her U Penn MAPP studies. She has been so kind as to hand this project over to me so that we can now reach out to all of you positive psychology practitioners and enthusiasts together.

The aim of this database is to enable you to look up any positive psychology researcher or research topic in the world, by name or topic. By using a database, the list can easily be updated and expanded.

My aim is to maintain and add to the database as much as I can and to make it publicly available. This means you are allowed to copy, print, export or republish the list as you see fit. (Please mention its source when you do)

Since this is quite a task, I would really like to invite you to help me make the list more accurate and complete by leaving a comment below. Thank you so much and enjoy!


How to Use This List?

You can choose to see the full list of entries at once by selecting ‘Show all entries‘ at the upper left corner of the list. Because of the loading time of the webpage, we set the default to 25 entries.

By clicking on a certain column, you can sort the whole list alphabetically (A-Z) for that specific criterium, such as ‘First name’, ‘Last name’, ‘Area of research’ etc. Looking for a specific name? Try using the ‘Search:’ function at the upper right corner of the list. That might save you some time!


Who Qualifies as a Positive Psychology Researcher?

Researchers who:

  1. Are affiliated with an institution or organization that has some form of ethics review committee that oversees and approves human subject research
  2. Have published in peer-reviewed journals appropriate to their field
  3. Consider themselves to be a researcher (litmus test)
  4. Conduct research in a field that is aligned with the Positive Psychology Center’s definition of positive psychology – i.e.: a field that is generally considered to be “positive” and advances the scientific knowledge of human flourishing and well-being.

A special thanks go out to John Coffey for his extensive contribution to the database below.

Please note that the following table is not mobile-friendly. It’s best to view it on a desktop.

First name Last name Area of research Institute Country Website
Acacia Parks positive interventions Hiram College USA Visit
Albert Bandura agency, self-regulation Stanford University USA Visit
Alex Wood personality, well-being, social life, positive clinical psychology University of Manchester UK Visit
Allan Luks altruism USA Visit
Anthony Grant coaching psychology, goal attainment University of Sydney Australia Visit
Barbara Fredrickson positive emotions, flourishing University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill USA Visit
Barry Schwartz choice, practical wisdom Swarthmore College USA Visit
Carol Kauffman coaching Harvard Medical School USA Visit
Carol Dweck Fixed mindset, growth mindset Stanford University USA Visit
Christine Carter social well-being, emotional well-being, compassion, families, meaning University of California USA Visit
Christopher Feudtner hope (pediatric palliative care) Children's Hospital of Philadelphia USA Visit
Christopher Peterson character strengths, well-being University of Michigan USA Visit
Dan Bowling well-being in law Duke University USA Visit
Daniel Gilbert affective forecasting, choice, social perception Harvard University USA Visit
David Cooperrider appreciative inquiry Case Western Reserve University USA Visit
David Myers happiness, group influence, social-serving bias Hope College USA Visit
Ed Diener subjective well-being, happiness, satisfaction with life, national well-being University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign USA Visit
Elizabeth Dunn self-knowledge, affective forecasting, implicit social cognition, happiness University of British Columbia Canada Visit
Ellen Langer mindfulness, decision making, aging, illusion of control Harvard University USA Visit
George Vaillant aging, adult development Harvard Medical School USA Visit
Ilona Boniwell perceived time use, well-being, positive education, coaching, time perspective University of East London UK Visit
Iris Mauss emotional self-regulation University of Denver USA Visit
Isaac Prilleltensky community well-being University of Miami USA Visit
James Maddux self-regulation, self-efficacy George Mason University USA Visit
James Pawelski philosophy, positive humanities University of Pennsylvania USA Visit
James Prochaska change University of Rhode Island USA Visit
James Pennebaker writing and health University of Texas USA Visit
Jane Gillham resilience University of Pennsylvania USA Visit
Jason van Allen clinical University of Kansas USA Visit
Jeanne Nakamura Quality of Life research center, engagement, creativity, good work, againg, mentoring Claremont Graduate University USA Visit
John Gottman relationships Gottman Relationship Institute USA Visit
Jonathan Haidt morality, elevation, awe, admiration University of Virginia USA Visit
Karen Reivich resilience, Penn resiliency project, comprehensive soldier fitness University of Pennsylvania USA Visit
Kenneth Pargament spirituality Bowling Green State University USA Visit
Kim Cameron positive organizational scholarship, organizational effectiveness, leadership, organizational culture Michigan Ross Business School USA Visit
Laura King self perception, narrative contruction, well-being University of Missouri USA Visit
Maree Roche Metamodel Self-determination, leadership WINTEC New Zealand Visit
Martin Seligman learned helplessness, optimism, well-being University of Pennsylvania USA Visit
Michael Steger quality of life therapy, meaning in life, health, intimate relationships, coping, culture Colorado State University USA Visit
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi flow, engagement, well-being at work, creativity, peak performance Claremont Graduate University USA Visit
Nansook Park well-being University of Michigan USA Visit
Paul Rozin cultural psychology, purity, food University of Pennsylvania USA Visit
Paul Wong meaning International Network on Personal Meaning Canada Visit
Peter Salovey emotional intelligence, moods, health protective behaviours Yale University USA Visit
Ray Fowler physical health (retired) USA Visit
Rick Snyder hope, forgiveness University of Kansas USA Visit
Robert Biswas-Diener coaching, cultural happiness Portland State University USA Visit
Robert Kegan adult education, adult development, adult learning, constructive development, subject-object theory Harvard Graduate School of Education USA Visit
Robert Emmons gratitude, thankfulness, positive interventions, personal strivings University of California USA Visit
Roy Baumeister emotion, self-regulation, ego-depletion, meaning Florida State University USA Visit
Ruut Veenhoven World Database of Happiness, social conditions for human happiness Erasmus University Netherlands Visit
Ryan Niemiec character strengths, mindfulness VIA Institute on Character USA Visit
Shane Lopez character strengths, hope, well-being Gallup Organization USA Visit
Sonja Lyubomirsky happiness, flourishing University of California USA Visit
Stephen Post altruism Stony Brook University USA Visit
Tayyab Rashid strengths University of Toronto Canada Visit
Todd Kashdan curiosity, gratitude, mindfulness, savoring, purposeful living George Mason University USA Visit
Tom Rath character strengths, organizational well-being, employee engagement, leadership Gallup Organization USA Visit
Veronika Huta well-being, eudaimonia, excellence University of Ottawa Canada Visit
Edward Deci motivation, self-determination theory University of Rochester USA Visit
Angela Duckworth personality trait grit, academic success University of Pennsylvania USA Visit
Jane Dutton positive organizational behavior, high quality connections University of Michigan USA Visit
Adam Grant work motivation, prosocial helping and giving behaviors, job design and meaningful work, initiative and proactive behaviors, burnout, leadership Wharton University of Pennsylvania USA Visit
Daniel Kahneman Formulation of Prospect Theory, Decision-Making, Judgment, Hedonic Psychology Princeton University USA Visit
Fred Luthans Positive Organizational Behavior, Psychological Capital University of Nebraska USA Visit
Richard Ryan Motivation, Description of Self-Determination Theory Australian Catholic University Australia Visit
Carol Ryff Eudaimonic Well-Being, Positive Health, and Aging University of Wisconsin USA Visit
Kennon Sheldon Goals and Well-Being, the “Self-Concordance Model” of healthy Goal-Striving University of Missouri USA Visit
Dacher Keltner emotion, social interaction, negotiating morality, power, status UC Berkeley USA Visit
Everett Worthington forgiveness Virginia Commonwealth University USA Visit
Donald Clifton strengths University of Nebraska-Lincoln USA Visit
Shane Lopez hope USA Visit
Aaron Jarden flourishing, well-being Auckland University of Technology New Zealand Visit
Sue Langley positive workplaces, leaders and teams Langley Group Australia Visit
Susan David emotional skills, leadership, and coaching effectiveness Harvard University USA Visit
Dave Webb forensic psychology University of Sheffield Spain Visit
Robert Vallerand intrinsic and extrinsic motivation Université du Québec à Montréal Canada Visit
Michelle Fortier pediatric pain USA Visit
Emiliana Simon-Thomas health and happiness to social affiliation, caregiving, and collaborative relationships UC Berkeley USA Visit
Tom Gilovich causal attribution, emotion, mood, affect
judgment, and decision making
social cognition
Cornell USA Visit
Jim Harter relationships between work-unit employee engagement and business results University of Nebraska-Lincoln USA Visit
Gabriel Grant sustainable development Yale University USA Visit
Sue Roffey positive relationships, behavior University of Western Sydney Australia & UK Visit
Heidi Grant motivation Columbia University USA Visit
Tim Kasser materialism and well-being Knox College USA Visit
Shelly Taylor social psychology, health psychology, and social cognition University of California, Los Angeles USA Visit
Paul Zak nueroeconomics and oxytocin Claremont Graduate University USA Visit
Shawn Achor Positive Psychology, finding success through happiness Harvard University USA Visit
Richard Davidson kindness, compassion, altruism, forgiveness, mindfulness and well-being University of Wisconsin-Madison USA Visit
Salvatore R. Maddi personality, psychopathology, health psychology, creativity University of California, Irvine USA Visit
Stefan Schulenberg clinical-disaster psychology, meaning and purpose in life, positive psychology, psychological assessment, and forensic psychology University of Mississippi USA Visit
Jamie Gruman well-being in the workplace University of Guelph Canada Visit
Marie-Helene Budworth Learning, motivation, transfer of training, group process York University USA Visit
Lea Waters positive psychology, positive education, positive organisations and positive parenting University of Melbourne Australia Visit
Lucie Mandeville humanist and positive psychology Université de Sherbrooke Canada Visit
Carmelo Vazquez positive emotions in Clinical psychology Complutense University of Madrid Spain Visit
Dianne Vella-Brodrick positive education and workplace well-being University of Melbourne Australia Visit
Antonella Delle Fave optimal living and positive health University of Milan Italy Visit
Stewart Donaldson health promotion, positive & organizational psychology, career development, cross-cultural and international evaluation and research, and applied research methods Claremont Graduate University USA Visit
Maria Elena Garassini virtues and strengths and the concept of flow and resilience Metropolitan University Venezuela Visit
Nick Haslam dehumanization, essentialism, folk psychiatry, objectification, and stigma University of Melbourne Australia Visit
John Helliwell Well-Being, Social Capital, Applied Macroeconomics, International Economics, Comparative Economic Growth, Natural Resource Economics University of British Columbia Canada Visit
Rose Inza-Kim reality therapy Korea Counseling Center Korea Visit
Hans Henrik Knoop learning and creativity in education and professional work Aarhus University Denmark Visit
Marlena Kossakowska Clinical & health psychology, resilience, stress, coping, and stress management University of Social Sciences and Humanities Poland Visit
Charles Martin-Krumm links between optimism and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional variables IUFM of Rennes – University of Western Brittany France Visit
Richard Layard mental health, wellbeing, labour, unemployment, educational policy, happiness London School of Economics UK Visit
Helena Marujo Happiness and applications to organizational, community and national contexts University of Lisbon Portugal Visit
Mario Mikulincer attachment styles in adulthood, personality processes in interpersonal relationships, evolutionary psychology, human learned helplessness and depression, trauma and post-traumatic processes, coping with stress, and qualitative research of emotional states Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzlyia Israel Visit
Luis Miguel Neto Appreciative Inquiry , Solution Focus Approach, Developing Sense of Humour or Cafe World University of Lisbon Portugal Visit
Kaiping Peng intricate relationship between cultures and social cognition University of California at Berkeley USA Visit
Sarah Pressman Stress, Positive Emotions, Physiological Pathways (e.g., endocrine, cardiovascular), Health Psychology, Social Relationships University of California, Irvine USA Visit
Willibald Ruch Positive Psychology, humor, test construction, dispositions toward laughter and ridicule University of Zurich Switzerland Visit
Marei Salama-Younes positive psychology and the psychology of physical activity Helwan University Egypt Visit
Kamlesh Singh Positive Psychology, Applied Positive Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Psychometrics, Community Psychology, and Rural Women and Adolescents Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India Visit
Alena Slezåckovå hope, meaning Masaryk University Czech Republic Visit
Alejandro Castro Solano test construction, leadership and positive psychology University of Palermo Italy Visit
Philip Streit Psychotherapy, Health, Leadership and Coaching Karl-Franzens-University Graz Austria Visit
Sombat Tapanya violence prevention in children and youth. Chiang Mai University Thailand Visit
Margarita Tarragona collaborative and narrative therapies and the implications of Positive Psychology for therapy and consultation Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico Visit
Ewa Trzebinska Cognitive psychology of personality psychology, mental disorders and psychotherapy Warsaw University Poland Visit
Joar Vitterso Quality of life, positive psychology, methodology, tourism University of Tromsø Norway Visit
Lei Wang leadership, social networks, and team knowledge transfer University of California at Berkeley USA Visit
Marie Wissing Positive Psychology, Psychosocial Health, Neuropsychology, Multi-disciplinary research in health and well-being North West University South Africa Visit
Philip Zimbardo Aggression, conflict, peace, attitudes/beliefs, causal attribution, helping, prosocial behavior, intergroup relations, interpersonal processes, personality, individual differences, persuasion, social influence, and social cognition Harvard University USA Visit
Jacquelynne S. Eccles family and school influences on development; development in high-risk settings; development of self-esteem, activity preferences, and task choice; adolescent development; identity formation; biosocial influences and development; gender role development; and the role of ethnicity in development and socialization University of Michigan USA Visit
Michael Ungar resilience among children, youth and families and how they together survive adversity in culturally diverse ways Dalhousie University Canada Visit
Kimberly Schonert-Reichl child and adolescent social and emotional learning (SEL) and development with a particular emphasis on identifying the processes and mechanisms that foster positive development, such as empathy, optimism, and altruism University of British Columbia British Columbia Visit
Mark T. Greenberg developmental processes in risk and non-risk populations with a specific emphasis on aggression, violence, and externalizing disorders Pennsylvania State University USA Visit
Reed W. Larson Adolescence; organized youth activities and programs; youth practice; adolescence and globalization University of Illinois USA Visit
Suniya S. Luthar vulnerability and resilience among various populations including youth in poverty and children in families affected by mental illness Arizonia State University USA Visit
Julie F. Troum motivational issues musicians face during training activities with respect to the individual needs, well-being, and personal satisfaction of the training musician University of South Florida USA Visit
Corey L.M. Keyes social psychology and mental health Emory College USA Visit
Kate Hefferon Post-traumatic growth among female breast cancer survivors, existential psychology, optimal experiences, the psychology of physical activity and interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) University of East London UK Visit
Itai Ivtzan combination of psychology and spirituality, positive psychology, psychological & spiritual growth, consciousness, and meditation The University of East London UK Visit
Tim Lomas meditation on men’s wellbeing, using a mixed-methods design comprising narrative interviews, cognitive testing, and EEG measurement University of East London UK Visit
C. Richard Snyder Hope, Forgiveness, Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
Motivation, Goal Setting
Personality, Individual Differences
Research Methods, Assessment
Self and Identity, Social Cognition,
University of Kansas USA Visit
Roger Wood neurobehavioural issues Swansea University UK Visit
Lee Newman behaviors related to the quality of thinking and decision making in the workplace IE University Madrid Visit
Felicia A. Huppert psychological well-being or positive mental health and the relationship between emotion and cognition Cambridge University UK Visit
June Gruber positive emotion disturbance University of Colorado Boulder USA Visit
Marilyn Price-Mitchell child and adolescent development and youth civic engagement Fielding Graduate University USA Visit
Ad Bergsma happiness at work Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands Visit
Hein Zegers Positive Psychology and the science of Well-Being University of Humanistic Studies Netherlands Visit
Monique Sternin Positive Deviance approach Tufts University USA Visit
Roger Swartz acilitation, leadership, managing change and conflict, and developing effective work groups Harvard University USA Visit
Ian Rothmann prospering of people at work, the antecedents and outcomes thereof, and intervention programmes that could contribute to prospering of individuals and organisations North-West University South Africa Visit
Linda Theron South African communities and youth define resilience, and how our youths’ processes of resilience are embedded in local culture North-West University South Africa Visit
Tumi Khumalo Optimizing the potential of the youth North-West University South Africa Visit
John Paul Stephens Psychology of coordination, performance adaptation, performativity/practice, organizational aesthetics, mindfulness/attention, organizational routines and knowledge, high-quality connections, character strengths & strengths-based feedback Case Western Reserve University USA Visit
Richard Lerner life-span human development, social change, relations between adolescents and their peers, families, schools, and communities Tufts University USA Visit
Bart Tkaczyk research-based practice and practice-informed research University of California at Berkeley USA Visit
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Intergroup Relations, Stigma, Prejudice, Culture, Education USA Visit
Michael McCullough forgiveness and gratitude University of Miami USA Visit
Richard Davidson emotions, kindness, compassion University of Wisconsin-Madison USA Visit
Jamil Zaki affective science, empathy, positive emotions Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory USA Visit
Daniel Batson altruism, empathic concern, and psychology of religion. University of Tennessee USA Visit
Timothy Sharp emotional fitness, happiness RMIT University USA Visit
Ann Marie Roepke posttraumatic growth and positive interventions University of Pennsylvania USA Visit
Christine Robitschek Personal Growth Initiative Texas Tech University USA Visit
Jennifer Aaker meaning, giving, well-being Stanford Graduate School of Business USA Visit
Shauna Shapiro mindfulness, emotional intelligence Santa Clara University USA Visit
Matthew Killingsworth happiness Harvard University USA Visit
Robert Haringsma effects of self-help, self-discipline, self-confidence VU University Amsterdam The Netherlands Visit
S. Katherine Nelson joy, positive parenthood, well-being University of California USA Visit
Kristen Layous well-being, happiness, positive interventions Stanford University USA Visit
John Coffey developmental psychology, well-being, human plasticity Claremont Graduate University USA Visit
Margaret L. Kern healthy functioning, psychosocial processes underlying health University of Melbourne Australia Visit
Laurence Steinberg positive psychology of adolescence, behavioral development Temple University USA Visit
Mark D. Holder science of happiness, happiness in children Memorial University of Newfoundland Canada Visit
Michael Pluess developmental plasticity, psychological development University of London United Kingdom Visit
Thomas Chan good mentoring, hedonic and eudaimonic well-being, flow, and purpose in retirement Claremont Graduate University USA Visit
Jessica Borelli close relationships and emotion in children and adults Pomona college USA Visit
Kendall Bronk Adolescent development Claremont Graduate University USA Visit
Michael Warren meditation, prayer, well-being Claremont Graduate University USA Visit
Steve Cole genetics, well-being UCLA USA Visit
Sarah Algoe gratitude, emotions in social interactions University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill USA Visit
Laura Wray-Lake social development in youth University of Rochester USA Visit


Which Positive Psychology Researchers do you know that are not included yet?

Please leave a comment below with your suggestion so that we have a list of researchers to add in one place and so that others can see your suggestion. In case you’d like to submit a headshot of the researcher along with your suggestion, please send it to info@positivepsychology.com. Thank you!

About the Author

Seph Fontane Pennock is a seasoned entrepreneur and the business mind behind PositivePsychology.com. With his background in online marketing and a passion for helping therapists and coaches, he co-founded the new mental health application Quenza that helps practitioners better help their clients with digital support.


  1. amy

    I have an MS in K-12 School Counseling and am interested in pursuing a Ph.D in Positive Psychology. I live in Israel and wondering if you have any PS Researchers in the Middle East who would be willing to supervise? Thank you for any light you can shed in this area!

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  2. hadil

    thank you very nice website

  3. Yaroslav Aristeiguieta

    Hello, this list is great and has served me to find additional research for my workshops. However, I don’t see Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar who has taken positive psychology to a higher level too. Thanks for putting this together and looking to improve it. Thanks for all the information you share on your website, it is amazing! I wish I could also have the same resources in Spanish. If you are interested in expanding to that language, I’ll be happy to assist. Have a great day!!

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  5. Megan

    Eranda Jayawickreme at Wake Forest University does research on post-traumatic growth as positive personality change, moral personality, wisdom, well-being and integrative theories of personality http://college.wfu.edu/sites/eranda-jayawickreme/

  6. Padmashree R P

    Respected Sir/madam,
    I am a research scholar studying the role of local authority in implementation of Right to Education. I constructed a tool on the roles assigned and their levels of implementation. When i went for data collection, I literally had to educate them and there was total lack of awareness itself. Now, I want to study the awareness levels of Local Authority members. Kindly, help me by guiding me on what tool to study awareness levels. I will be honored by your inputs.

  7. Lisa PytlikZillig

    Richard Dienstbier, researcher (but emeritus) of toughness. Also I see that trust is not included as a topic.

    • Helen

      Hi Lisa,
      Regarding the topic of trust, Paul Zak, of Claremont Graduate University in California, conducts research on trust.

  8. lynn arnold

    great article. It’s very good, I found this article about counselling and Psycotherapy

  9. Prof Gail Kinman

    How do I go about applying to be featured on the database?

  10. saba kurd

    helo sir i am saba krud from balochistan pakistan .sir i am doing m.phil in psychology i want to do research in the area of positive psychology (happiness and personality traits ) but sir i have no idea how to take initial step because i have not that much knowledge about positive psychology. would u help me in this process or would u tell me the book names through that i read and learn about that
    thank you sir stay blessed .

  11. benazzouzi brahim

    Hello I am a university student from Algeria. I have a master’s degree in psychology. I am working on a new theoretical approach that combines cognitive psychology and positive psychology. It is based on the psychology of time as a guide to the theoretical framework. I propose a new classification of mental and mental disorders. I need someone who supervises this work. A quantum leap in the field of psychology

  12. Alistair

    I’m a final year undergraduate student studying Education, Counselling and Psychology, and have chosen Positive Psychology as my elective this year. For our assessment we’re being asked to write up a Research Proposal for a hypothetical piece of future Research (only the proposal, and only for hypothetical research rather than one we’re actually going to do). I’m interested in self-esteem, self-esteem’s effects in education, or especially Positive News. I’m baffled by how the media focusses on negative topics in its news coverage all the time, yet should be reporting all the wonderful things humanity does and can achieve. Is there a gap in the research around any of those areas do you think? Everything looks pretty well covered as far as I can see, and I’m looking to write up a proposal that might fill a gap in the market; do you know of any research that’s currently being undertaken or could / should be undertaken that you think I could discuss?
    Thanks very much, I really appreciate your time 🙂

  13. Dr. Annick Janson

    Hello from New Zealand and thanks for this amazing resource! Who is responsible for updating it? Cheers:)

      • Dr. Annick Janson

        Hi Jessie
        Any news about the update to the researcher database since May 2017? I would like to be added to the list please. I am a Research Associate at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, member of the New Zealand Positive Psychology and Research Director of the first Positive Psychology program for parents raising children with disability. Our list of publication is on our blog: https://now-and-next-alumni.blogspot.com/2017/11/publications-and-milestones.html

  14. Snow E. Piccolo

    Has anyone done any studies/research on the effects of Positive Psychology on alcoholism/addiction?

    • Helen Callaghan

      I also have an interest in this area. Did you happen to find any current research in this area?

      • Mara Stewart

        Here is a study that reviewed the application of positive psychology for substance use, addiction, and recovery: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2012-24756-001. It does however require a subscription to psycnet or a fee of $11.95 to access it.

  15. Nichole

    Thank you for providing this fantastic resource. There are a few people that I feel should be added to this list, how would they go about submitting their information?

  16. Donna G

    The George Vaillant web site link is dead.

    • Stephanie Diepering

      Hi Donna, thanks for letting us know. We will make the necessary repairs.

  17. Thanapalan

    Hi I am looking to do a PHD in mindfulness.

    • Stephanie Diepering

      Hello Thanapalan. That is fantastic, you can have a look at this phd page for more information about getting a PP PhD. Best of luck

  18. Katalin Ujhelyi

    Amy Krentzman and her work on Gratitude should also be included

  19. Marsha Huber

    I’d like to be added to your list. I have a UPenn MAPP degree to complement my Ph.D. I am an Associate Professor of Accounting at Youngstown State University, and have published in peer reviewed journals. Recently I have received national press on my happiness research in accounting.

  20. Prof. Sandeep Singh

    Thanks for communicating the list of resource persons working in the area of positive psychology,I am working in the area of positive emotions, well being, and mindfulness.
    Well done

  21. Grant Son Ph. M student

    Good day Seph,
    Thank you for the continued commitment to communicate.
    Are you familiar with the MPhil Coaching degree, books by Dr. Lloyd Chapman – Integrated Experiential Coaching, Dr. Whitmore Grow Coaching Model etc.
    What are your views on the above and how does your practice relate to it?
    Look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Kind regards

  22. Cynthia

    A big smile of thanks in sharing your resources. This really creates a positive cycle of love and caring as I continue to nourish my students in bringing up the faith in them. I am planning to use your materials as I include the family especially the parents so that effective communication will transpire between them.

  23. Margaret MacDonald

    Thank you for this list. I am a management consultant and executive coach and am working on programs for women leaders.
    Where does the work of Martin Siegleman fit into your thinking

    • C Crawford

      Dr.Martin Seligman is the correct spelling. His work is foundational to the whole field

  24. Victoria Poillucci

    I am a Nurse Practitioner and interested in looking at how Hopeful communication remains difficult for physicians/providers to provide to terminal patients at end of life. Any suggestions? I’ve been looking into Dr. Snyder’s work which brought me here. Thank you!

    • Rodney Witmitz

      Have you looked into the growing bank of research on spirituality and health across the globe. There is much evidence to support the positive interplay of people’s faith communities, or hospital chaplains, and such in many people’s recovery and in their facing end of life positively. Australia have a national spirituality and health conference, and I believe there is also a global conference too. These are very research based and not merely pushing a religious view.

    • Melinda Stallings

      Connect with Linda Bark. She has a coaching program :Wisdom of the Whole”. She is phenomenal with a PhD,RN,MCC background and has been utilizing positive “whole body” coaching in the health care field for a very long time. Good luck!

  25. Shivani

    Hi all,
    I am a new researcher and I am from the field of computer science and I want to work on behavioural science with computer science. Thanx for making this site. This may be helpful for me in my research. I want to work on:
    1.the effect of negative TV programs on the audiences
    2. Positive attitude in learning environment.
    I am trying to use it with data mining. Can anybody help me in suggesting some good topic.
    Thank you

    • Reham Al Taher

      Hey Shivani,
      You should check out research on educational video games, positive education, and observational learning. I hope this helps 🙂

  26. Debra Lafler

    Does anyone know of a researcher/professor (or specific doctorate degree) that focuses on Positive Psychology/Well-Being and Spirituality (or spiritual development along with psychology/human development)?

  27. Dr. Mohamed Salem

    I am pleased to be among you in this positive community and thanks to the Editor and all who support this movement.

    • Reham Al Taher

      Thank you, Dr. Mohamed. We’re glad to have you with us.

  28. Mark Liston, PhD

    Dr. Marvin Berkowitz should be on your list. He contributed the chapter on Fairness in Character Strengths and Virtues (Peterson & Seligman, 2004), is the only known endowed chair of Character Education (Un. of Missouri-St. Louis), and has published hundreds of articles. He is an invited speaker at the IPEN Festival this summer.

  29. josephine

    it a good job done thank also for keeping in touch with me

    • Reham Al Taher

      Thank you, Josephine. We are always happy to help 🙂

  30. Francine Hermans

    Fantastic work Seph and others! Thank you so much for creating and sharing this wonderful database! 🙂
    I saw a small inconsistency when I was searching all positive researchers in The Netherlands: in 3 of them the country name is ‘Netherlands’ and in 1 of them the country name is ‘The Netherlands’. So I found only one, when I’d already seen others as well.
    PS: If I come across people that aren’t in the list yet and that should be in, I’ll let you know.

  31. Gillian ward

    Hi, this fantastic. However Amy Krentzmans name should be on the list. She has published on ppis and addictions.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you for your submission Gillian!

  32. Zeinab

    I do really appreciate you to make this appealing table. I am interested to read more papers every day about positive psychology and now I have a chance to do it more easily.
    Good job!

  33. Keith Cowley

    Thank you!

  34. Christina

    This list is just incredible! I have a german blog about positive psychology and your page is my go-to! Thank you so much for all your efforts and your hard work <3

  35. Laritza Machin

    In the Universitat Jaume I of Castellon de la Plana, Spain the WONT team are conducting excellent researches in Positive Psychology. Their web is http://www.wont.uji.es/

  36. Meghana Rao

    Great job with the list! Can you please add me?
    Research areas – science of positive psychology, positive work relationships, gender and diversity
    Claremont Graduate University, CA, USA.

  37. Franco Biglieri

    Hi Seph, nice list! Alejandro Castro Solano is an Argentinian researcher that works in the University of Palermo, which is a private university in Buenos Aires, Argentina, not Palermo, Italy.
    Greetings from Argentina!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thanks Franco 🙂
      Greetings from the Hague!

  38. Jaco de Jager

    Professor Deo Strumpfer was a pioneer in the development of Positive Psychology in South Africa who introduced the concept of fortigenesis(identifying and mobilizing the origins of psychological strength). This has inspired a large group of South African academics who, in turn, have pursued research on human strengths, resilience and other positive aspects of existence. While there are many others, Professors Ian Rothmann and Freddie Crous have been prominent in positive psychology research.

  39. Bushra

    Hi, This looks a very helpful list!!!
    Can you please guide if you consider religiosity also in the realm of positive psychology?
    Many thanks!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Bushra,
      Could you please elaborate? I’m not sure whether I understand your question 🙂

      • Bushra

        Hi Seph
        Thanks for your response! I am early career researcher and developing myself in mental health and positive psychology. I actually conducted a research to identify if religiosity (performing religious rituals, applying religious teachings in daily life and religious hope) has any relationship with life satisfaction. It was interesting to find that applying religious teachings in one’s daily life predicted strong relationship with life satisfaction. I wanted to ask that as religiosity has been found an important factor linked with life satisfaction (multiple evidences exists), can we consider religiosity also as a domain/part of positive psychology?
        Many thanks!

  40. Jordi

    Hi Steph, nice list!
    You can add me 🙂
    Jordi Quoidbach, University Pompeu Fabra, Savoring, happiness, affective forecasts, emotion regulation; http://www.quoidbach.org

  41. Georgia

    W/Prof Sharon Parker does a lot of work on proactivity, currently within the UWA Business School.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      I’ve never thought of proactivity as a part of PP, but now that you mention it it does make a lot of sense. Thank you Georgia for your contribution to this list.

      • Georgia

        I think it’s a bit of a stretch of the definition, but worth it! You’re welcome.

  42. Josè Luis Calderón mafud

    Thank you, very much for sharing this list. There are several researchers that I considered big influences in my life and in my career. Very probably, this will stimulate new foundings and I hope some contacts. Thank you again.
    Receive a hug.

    • Ben Carrettin

      Great list!!! Thanks for sharing this. Below is one you might consider adding too…
      Jason Powers, MD, in Houston, Texas has done something really neat – he created a very detailed treatment program for addiction recovery by blending current addiction treatment approaches with PP. I’ve attended the staff trainings and was grateful for it. Amazing to witness impact on the staff and work environment in addition to clients. Changing treatment culture. Needed and wonderful. (After already in his career as a physician, Dr Powers went back for a graduate degree at Penn in PP).

  43. Rebecca Menna

    Thank you so much for taking the time to put this list together. As a Master student of Psychology, I have just recently developed a new found interest in Positive Psychology and hope to implement it into my own methods one day. As I continue my research and development, I will look toward this list you have offered. So very glad to have found the group!

  44. vahideh

    hi seph please help me I want some aritcle about autism and Verbal skills or Social communication
    thank you so much

    • David Penglase

      Hi Vahideh, I just saw your inquiry, and recommend you get in touch with Dr. Caroline Goldsmith (I know Caroline as we are both now in our final dissertation year of Master of Science in Applied Positive Psychology at UEL by distance learning) – Caroline’s website is http://waterfordpsychology.com/ and is an expert on autism. Let her know I referred you and all the best. Warmly, David

  45. Lia Naor

    Hi I would appreciate joining your list. I am PhD student at Haifa Uni,Israel researching positive transformational experiences and the influence of nature in their occurence

  46. Sanne

    Yes indeed we have met at the ECPP Seph! Thanks for adding us. It’s great that you are creating a list of positive psychology researchers!

  47. Sanne

    Thanks for this great list. I would like to add me and my colleagues from the University of Twente, the Netherlands: Ernst Bohlmeijer, Linda Bolier, Jan Walburg, myself (Sanne Lamers)

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      How could I forget Sanne! I believe we’ve met at the ECPP, right? I will surely add our fellow Dutch researchers next time I update the page. Thank you for the reminder!

  48. Kreysel

    Thanks for sharing this great list!

  49. Azeem

    I would like to include the following:
    First Name: Mr. Azeem
    Last Name: Dana
    Area of research: Building a value based healthy, peaceful and prosperous society.
    Institute: J.W.Global hospital & Research Centre associated with Brahmakumaris world spiritual Godly University
    Country: India
    Website: http://www.ghrc-abu.com/page62.htm and http://www.brahmakumaris.org/

  50. roz

    This is so valuable, thanks ever so much!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      You’re most welcome Rosalyn!

  51. Dr. Mohanad A. H,

    I bet that one of your main meaningful and pleasurable activities in your life, if it inspires me that much, then I can´t imagine what it does to you in terms of personal and professional growth. Bravo
    I´ll start my research soon, I´ll make sure to contact you when I get results.

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Dr Mohanad. Thanks for the encouraging words. We look forward to hearing about your research results. Please let us know and share your findings with all positive psychology enthusiasts. Good luck.

  52. stefano gentile

    Hi Seph, this site is simply amazing !!! I’m so glad to be here. Thank you so much.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Glad you found our site Stefano. Enjoy!

  53. vahideh

    hi Giovanni
    how are you?
    thank youso much.

  54. Giovanni

    Thank you for such an amazing compilation! What a power page! 😉

  55. vahideh

    hi seph
    how are you?
    thak you so much.

  56. Reza Zolfagharifard

    Hi Laly
    We are interested to know about your research area (if possible) and of course we’ll be delighted to have your help or contributions. There are several areas that a positive psychology enthusiast like you can help the website or share exciting findings with our readers. Please tell us more about yourself. I think it would be more convenient if you use our CONTACT page. Thank you.

  57. Laly

    Hi..It is really useful… I am a researcher in Positive Psychology… Just started.. I hope this list will help me.. thank you so much all the hard workers . I think in future i can also help you…….

  58. Seph Fontane Pennock

    Hi there everyone!
    For all of those who subscribed to this webpage: we just updated it and the list now featured 164 positive psychology researchers and counting.
    Thank you all so much for your contributions 🙂
    Forever grateful,

  59. Sophie

    I would like to add some researchers that work in the field of positive media psychology, which intersects positive psychology with media. That is, we are looking more specifically into the power of media and technology in eliciting positive emotions, prosocial behaviors and or signature strengths.
    Mary Beth Oliver, Ph.D. Penn State University
    Leonard Reinecke, Ph.D. iDepartment of Communication at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
    Anne Bartsch, Ph.D., Augsburg University, Munich, Germany
    I myself am working on spirituality and media right now, but so far my papers are only under review (at Journal of Media Psychology) and submitted at conferences, so I dont know if I am fulfilling the criteria yet. I am at the University of Arkansas right now.
    Sophie H Janicke

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thanks a bunch Sophie, I will check them out and add them to the list if they meet the qualifications.
      You can expect this list to be updated this week!

  60. Mohan Raj

    Wonderful job Seph.
    Our gratitude to you.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you Mohan. Thanks for stopping by.

  61. Hope Eaton

    What about:
    Paul Dolan – London School of Economics
    Pninit Russon-Netzer – University of Haifa
    Kate Hefferon – University of East London
    Felicia Huppert and Timothy So- Cambridge

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you Hope! I know Kate and Felicia, but I’ll perform research into the others and add them in case they meet the qualifications. Cheers 🙂

  62. Sean Doyle

    Dr. Kenn Barron at James Madison. His work is in motivation. Thanks for pulling this together

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Sure thing Sean! Thank you for submitting Kenn Barron to this list. All the best 🙂

  63. Gioia Chilton, PhD

    Hello. Great list. I’ll humbly offer my work, as my dissertation was on art therapy and positive emotions.
    Chilton, G. 2014 An Arts-Based Study of the Dynamics of Expressing Positive Emotions within the Intersubjective Art Making Process. Doctoral Dissertation, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Available: http://search.proquest.com/docview/1526449982

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you Gioia!
      Do you still consider yourself to be a positive psychology researcher mainly?

  64. Molly Metz

    Shelly Gable – emotions, capitalization in close relationships

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      What an embarrassing oversight! Of course she should be there! Thank you Molly!

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      Thanks Kathryn – that could be a relic from the original list and Stanford has since changed their URL naming conventions. Appreciate the checking!

  65. Dr. Bart Tkaczyk, MBA

    Area of research: Positive Organization Development (OD), Human Resource Development (HRD), Executive Coaching, Change Management, Design Thinking, Leadership
    Institute: Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley; President & CEO Energizers, LLC (USA)

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      Thank you for this list – do you have the names of researchers in these fields who need to be added, as well as their academic / research websites? Or are you putting forward your own name? Sorry – I’m not quite clear. Thank you!

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      OH yes – great! Thank you so much! I hadn’t even known about John Paul Stephens – what a great area of research!

  66. Rosie Vipinosa

    Thank you so much.

  67. Angelique

    The North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus (South Africa) has a Research Focus Area, namely Optentia, dedicated to Positive Psychology Research across the social sciences, including Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work. This includes the work of Prof Ian Rothmann (Flourishing), Prof Linda Theron (Resilience), Prof Tumi Khumalo (Psychosocial Well-being) among others. See http://www.optentia.co.za for more information.

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      Angelique – that is a treasure trove! Thank you so much for sharing that and letting us know about Optentia’s existence. I entirely admit – they have never crossed my radar. What great work and research they are doing! Thank you!

  68. Chris Weinkauff

    Here is another one…. Hans Henrik Knoop … just spoke at the Western Pos Psychology conference this past weekend. His work focuses on positive psychology and education.

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      Yes – I’m familiar with his work and he was at the CPPA conference as well. He should be added. Thank you!

  69. Ray Wells

    I would call most of their work action research, and Monique Sternin or Roger Swartz are primary contacts. Most of their work is in the context of developing countries. Please make your own judgment about whether this fits what you attempting to do with your list compilation.

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      Thank you so much for this! Personally, I would consider “action research” to still be research, and the field of PP desperately needs more insight into developing countries and non-WEIRD (cf. Jon Haidt) environments. We’ll check out their website and body of research – thank you so much for the link and lead!

  70. Ray Wells

    I tried to do a quick search on this site, and have two thoughts: 1) what about the folks at the positive deviance initiative? Is their work considered research?
    2) there would seem to be more international names that could be added to the list.

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      Hi Ray – completely agree with you about international names. That’s why we have put this incomplete list up and we are asking the public for help. Post all of your suggestions to this comments thread – we’ll check them out and add them if they are positive psychology researchers. We’re completely aware that this is an incomplete list.
      Not sure about the “positive deviance initiative” – can you share the website and researchers’ names? Thanks!

      • Jeffrey Albrecht

        Jolanda Jetten (http://www.psy.uq.edu.au/directory/index.html?id=1197) at the University of Queensland does nice work on deviance, not strictly of the “positive” variety, but she definitely acknowledges the value of deviance. Check out her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPzakXzoSX0. I think her contribution should count for positive psychology research, because she is challenging a paradigm that stigmatizes deviance and dissent when it can really be a powerful force for progress.

        • Seph Fontane Pennock

          Your help is invaluable Jeffrey – thank you so much for taking the time to add these positive psychology researchers.
          I’m sure we’re still leaving out lots of influential researchers, especially the ones from outside of the US. Please feel free to add to it anytime!

  71. Lori

    Seph, Lisa, and other contributors: Thank you.
    Thank you, THANK you, THANK YOU!!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      I’m so glad you appreciate it Lori! 🙂 You’re most welcome!

  72. Onno Hamburger

    Dear Seph, I could not find Ad Bergsma and also Hein Zegers from Belgium (http://www.evidencebasedhappiness.org/). I think they are both doing great research within Positive Psychology!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Onno! I can’t believe I forgot them, especially since I spoke with them both at the ECPP :-S
      There must be some other reseachers in the Netherlands and Belgium that we haven’t included yet. How about Germany? I think it’s underrepresented as well atm. We’re not done yet by a long shot!

  73. Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

    I’m a Fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University. My research is focused on how young people grow to become supportive family members, innovative workers, engaged citizens, and ethical leaders.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      That sounds incredibly interesting Marilyn! I love your ‘Leadership for social good’ approach. Will check out your blog later on and surely add you to the list.
      Thank you!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much for all of your contributions Adam. Really valuable!
      Please do keep ’em coming 🙂

  74. don austin

    Where do I enter new names?
    It’s hard to take a list seriously that does not already include David Cooperrider and Appreciative Inquiry

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Don, thanks for stopping by!
      If you take a careful look at the list, you’ll notice that David Cooperrider is listed right there under Daniel Kahneman. He has been from the start 🙂
      You can enter new names via the comment section, by replying to this comment for instance. That way we have all the new names to add in one place and others can see your suggestion. Thanks!

      • Eleanor Chin

        Thanks Sephardi & Lisa for creating and maintaining this list. It’s obvious that it’s a much anticipated resource! I notice that people keep asking for people who are already on the list. As the list grows it may become harder to search if the default is set to sort by first name. What do you think about adding an instruction about how the list can be sorted by column so people can easily search for a name by first, last, affiliation etc.? It might not be an intuitive functionality for many. That makes the list more fun to use and may result in fewer duplicative suggestions 🙂

        • Seph Fontane Pennock

          Great suggestion Eleanor, we’ll definitely do that. It’s not the first time that a webdeveloper creates something and assumes everyone knows how to use it. :-$
          Thank you.


    A suggestion and a thought:
    Thought: Consider and define for your contributors how you are defining “researcher” and how you arbitrate who gets on this list. For example, Tal Ben Shahar, who I respect a lot and even TA’d for is a lecturer and author and to my understanding, has not done actual research. If this list is actually meant to help direct practitioners to the source of the empirical data, then you need to be specific about people who actually do empirical research. You get my point.
    Suggestion: Susan David PhD at Harvard University, formerly of Yale. She studies emotions and emotional intelligence
    Thanks for putting this together. It’s a great resource!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      I couldn’t agree more Eleanor. Lisa and I are already working on the criteria for this list.
      Even though he’s one of my biggest sources of inspiration when it comes to pp, Tal Ben-Shahar is indeed not an active researcher within the field (anymore). He probably made the list because of my personal bias 😉

  76. Sue Roffey

    Professor Felicia Huppert is a highly significant researcher measuring aspects of wellbeing across Europe. She is the Director of the Institute of Wellbeing at Cambridge University and currently working in Australia (Australian Catholic University)

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      Thank you Sue – she’s a great addition!

  77. Roger Wood

    Roger Wood
    Doctoral Researcher at the School of Education, University of Birmingham
    SDT within science education as the basis for enhancing students’ self-determined engagement with learning within formal science learning contexts

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you very much Roger. I’m very much interested in SDT, so I’m looking forward to reading some of your work later this week.

  78. Tom Muha, Ph.D.

    Dr. Muha has conducted positive psychology research at Johns Hopkins Hospital for the past 10 years. His studies have shown that it is possible to dramatically improve patient safety and satisfaction by creating positive work environments for leaders and staff.

    • Lisa Sansom

      Thanks for coming by Dr. Muha! Definitely great work! Reminds me – I wanted to put a medical student in touch with your work….

  79. laura lewis mantell

    Rick Synder – Hope
    Shane Lopez same

  80. Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

    Awesome to see all these names coming in – please keep them coming – especially those outside the US! Thanks all!

  81. Kate Atkin

    Hi, I’m studying MAPP at UEl at the moment. Our tutors are also researching and publishing in the field of PP and are not on your list:
    Kate Hefferon
    Itai Ivtzan
    Tim Lomas

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Kate!
      Alright, that’s great. You must know Kristen Truempy and Allison Jeffrey… do you?
      Thanks for contributing to the list 🙂

  82. José Quadros

    As promissed, I remember the name of Corey Keyes that I believe it is an important name missing. 🙂

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thanks for taking the trouble to post this name here José. Much appreciated 😉

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Yep, we forgot Corey Keyes, José G. de Quadros mentioned it via Facebook already.
      It’s so great to see how helpful people from the pp community are. We’re definitely setting an example for other academic fields 😉

  83. Julie F. Troum, Ph.D.

    Please add me as a positive psychology researcher in musical training and music education at The Motivated Musician in USA.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Alright Julie, sounds interesting! I’m definitely going to check out your work and will add you to the list afterwards. Thank you for stopping by!

  84. Jackie Davis

    Richard Lerner
    Jacqueline Eccles
    Michael Ungar
    Kimberly Schonert-Reichl
    Mark Greenberg
    Reed Larson
    Sonja Luthar

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Awesome Jackie! Thank you so much for your contribution.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Jackie. Just did some research into all of the names you mentioned. Thanks again.
      Could you explain why Richard Lerner qualifies as a positive psychology reearcher? Since Lev Vygotsky passed away a long time ago, I’m not sure whether it would be valuable to add him to the list. What do you figure?

  85. Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

    Some names from the IPPA Board of Directors:
    Carmelo Vazquez, Ph.D.
    Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Ph.D.
    Antonella Delle Fave, M.D.
    Stewart Donaldson, Ph.D
    Maria Elena Garassini, Ph.D.
    Nick Haslam, Ph.D.
    John Helliwell, Ph.D.
    Ren Jun, Ph.D.
    Rose Inza-Kim, Ph.D.
    Hans Henrik Knoop, Ph.D.
    Marlena Kossakowska, Ph.D
    Charles Martin-Krumm, Ph.D.
    Richard Layard (House of Lords, UK)
    Helena Marujo, Ph.D.
    Mario Mikulincer, Ph.D.
    Luis Miguel Neto, Ph.D.
    Kaiping Peng, Ph.D.
    Sarah Pressman, Ph.D
    Willibald Ruch, Ph.D.
    Marei Salama-Younes, Ph.D
    Kamlesh Singh, Ph.D.
    Alena Slezåckovå, Ph.D.
    Alejandro Castro Solano, Ph.D
    Philip Streit, Ph.D.
    Sombat Tapanya, Ph.D.
    Margarita Tarragona, Ph.D.
    Ewa Trzebinska, Ph.D.
    Joar Vitterso, Ph.D
    Lei Wang, Ph.D.
    Marie Wissing, Ph.D.
    Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D.
    See http://www.ippanetwork.org/about/board/ if you need more info about each one. I’ve omitted those names that already appear on our list…

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Aaaandd… there goes another weekend of my life right there 😉
      Just kidding!

      • Lisa Sansom

        HA! It’s not work when you love what you do! 🙂 Lemme know what I can do to help!

  86. Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

    Add: Dr Jamie Gruman (University of Guelph) and Marie-Helene Budworth (York U).
    Also Robert Vallerand (UQAM), Lea Waters (Australia), Lucie Mandeville (Quebec). I’ll keep searching for others…. Thank you so much for managing this Seph!!!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Lol – I can’t imagine doing this without you Lisa 🙂
      From the looks of it, we’re not even close to being done just yet. But that’s alright. The more work, the more value!

      • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

        Completely agree Seph – I know we have our work cut out for us, and I’m thrilled to see so many contributors helping! This list should cover the world – we need to add Kate Hefferon, Miriam Akhtar. We already have way more than the wikipedia list! 🙂

  87. Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

    Also, I thought I saw a comment asking about Dan Tomasulo. He’s a MAPP grad, but does he do research? I can email him to clarify if he’s a researcher…
    Cheers & thanks – keep the names coming!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      I’m so honoured to read that Paul Wong is contributing to this page. I love his works on existential positive psychology and meaning.
      This is just great 🙂

  88. Salvatore R. Maddi

    I suggest that the list of positive psychology researchers include me, as I have been doing that kind of research and conceptualization for over 30 years.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you for stopping by Salvatore Maddi.
      I wasn’t familiar with your research and ‘Hardiness approach’ yet, but I just had a look at your website and it looks really interesting. I will explore further later on!

  89. Judy

    I continue to savor every addition, Seph. You are a git to all of us to live and love positive psychology. Did I see Heidi Halvorson? Ben Dean, founder of MentorCoach who was on the ground floor with Marty Seligman in the early Authentic Happiness days. Ben continues to do wonderfully informative interviews with the top pos psych authors and pos psych movers and shakers.
    Thanks for the terrific service you are doing here for all of us, Seph the Super Sharer!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Your Nr. #1 strength must be gratitude Judy, just like your friend Sheila 😀
      All of the support and contributions from people like yourself make my job easy. Thank you so much.

      • Judy

        You are a dear, thoughtful man, Seph. To be included in the same class as Sheila Tasman is a gigantic compliment. Thank you. She is a treasured friend.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you Adam.
      Will add him next round 🙂

    • Judy

      Great idea, Adam. I live in WI, and I wish I had thought of him, too! neuro-science is lighting up our world.

  90. Bill Turpin

    Hi Seph,
    Did I miss Tal Ben-Shahar in your lineup?

    • Bill Turpin

      Never mind Seph, he is there – just missed him the first time through…
      Great list!

      • Seph Fontane Pennock

        Thank you Bill!
        If you ever come across more positive psychology researchers during your reading, please let us know!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Bill!
      Nope – Tal is right there when you select ‘show 100 entries’ or go to the next page of the database. There are 71 entries, 25 of which are visible at first sight.
      Thanks for the heads up though. Tal should be right there at the top! (altough I believe he’s not performing research atm)

  91. Darlene Jordan

    I love this! How about Shawn Achor?

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Great idea Darlene! Shawn’s main research areas are happiness and organizational excellence right?

      • Darlene Jordan

        Yes, and the connection between happiness and success. He’s on my mind because I just read The Happiness Advantage. Is Dan Tomasulo on this list?

        • Seph Fontane Pennock

          Not yet Darlene. I’ll do some research and add him to the list as well. Thank you so much!

  92. Chris Weinkauff

    How about Shelly Taylor? Paul Zak? Tim Kasser?

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      Awesome – yes to all three! And while I’m thinking of it – we should add Bob Vallerand, James Pawelski…. I’m sure I’ll come up with more later!

  93. laura lewis mantell

    Ed Diener
    Robert Biswas Diener
    Heidi Grant Halvorson
    Todd Kashden
    Alex Linley
    Sonja Lyubomirsky
    Ryan Niemiec
    Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi
    Mike Steger

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      Those are great names Laura – thanks! Some are on the list (there’s a search function at the top of the file – under the “pdf” and “copy” buttons) but some are not. Appreciate your help!!!

  94. Julian Alexander

    I have been working on using PP in welfare-to-work programmes with extraordinary success in London, UK and it was the subject of my MAPP dissertation. I’d welcome contact from anyone interested in this

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment Julian. Let’s take this up via email, we might be able to help out 🙂

      • Ken

        Hi Seph,
        If you could advise me on information as well, that would be great!

    • Ken

      Hello Julian,
      I am an employment resource worker with Social Services in Chatham, Ontario. I help individuals on social welfare het back to work. I just started independent studies in Positive Psychoology and would like more information on what you do to implement change.

    • Alberto

      Hi Julian
      Im interested in to know your experience in in welfare-to-work programmes,

  95. Sue Roffey

    School, student and community wellbeing, social and emotional learning, relationships, pro-social behaviour.

    • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

      Those are great subject areas Sue – do you know who researches in those areas? If we have names, then we can find them and add them to the list. Thanks!

      • Seph Fontane Pennock

        I noticed Sue is published by Springer and has done research into positive relationships and the other fields she mentioned. Definitely qualified to make the list.
        @Lisa: Yep, let’s create a list with some solid criteria so that it’s clear what qualifies someone as a ‘positive psychology researcher’. It might be difficult, but it’s definitely going to be interesting!


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