Daniela Ramirez-Duran, Ph.D. Candidate, MAPP

Daniela Ramirez-Duran, MAPP, is a psychologist doing her Ph.D. while part of the academic teaching staff at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne, and a whole-hearted yoga practitioner, teacher, and researcher.

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Work Experience

  • 2020 – Yoga classes and workshops (online)
  • 2019 to date – Academic Teaching at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne
  • 2017 to date – Strength-based workshops, counselling, coaching and consulting in Chile and Australia
  • 2011 to 2017 – Creativity Activity Service (CAS – International Baccalaureate®) Program Coordinator at Saint John’s School in Concepción, Chile
  • 2010 to 2017 – Psychotherapy and counselling at private practice in Chile
  • 2010 to 2012 – Academic teaching at University of Concepción, Chile
  • 2007 to 2011 – Coordinator and Executor of Abilities For Life Program, JUNAEB (Education State Agency) in Concepción, Chile


First- and Second-Author Publications

  • Ramírez-Durán, D.P., Kern, M.L. & Stokes, H. (2019, July). How and for whom is yoga beneficial for? A mixed-methods exploration of ashtanga yoga practitioners’ experiences. Poster presented at 6th World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Ph.D. Research Project, University of Melbourne – The Yogic Path: Exploring Ashtanga Yoga Practitioners’ Experiences to Unravel the Mediators and Moderators Connecting Yoga to Wellbeing
  • Honors Degree Thesis, University of Concepcion – Design, Construction and Validation of a Questionnaire to Evaluate Psychosocial Risk in Families


Education & Degrees

  • 2019: Certified Yoga Teacher, Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Centre, Rishikesh, India
  • 2018 – date: Ph.D. in Education (Candidate) – Centre for Positive Psychology – University of Melbourne
  • 2017: Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) – University of Melbourne
  • 2009 to 2010: Certified Clinical Psychologist, specialized in Child and Adolescent Therapy – University of Concepción, Chile
  • 2001 to 2007: Bachelor’s Honours Degree in Psychology – University of Concepción, Chile


A Personal Message From Daniela

I hope my articles can inspire insightful reflections and ignite positive change in you, and that this may cascade into benefiting others around you.


Why should you trust what Daniela writes?

Daniela writes with the intention of presenting the science and wisdom behind contemplative and mind-body practices, as well as to translate positive psychology research and evidence-based applications into a friendly, engaging, and accessible language for practitioners to learn and apply for themselves and with their clients.

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