IPPA Board of Directors

Terms of Office End as Noted

  • Lea Waters, Ph.D., President (2019)

Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., Immediate Past-President (2019)

Kenan Distinguished Professor Director,
Social Psychology Doctoral Program Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

  • Judy Moskowitz, Ph.D., President-Elect (2019)

Professor of Medical Social Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Kim Cameron, Ph.D., Secretary (2019)
William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations
Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education
University of Michigan, USA
  • Betsy Webb, Treasurer (2019)
  • Meike Bartels, Ph.D., Member-At-Large (2019)

Professor in Genetics and Wellbeing at the department of Biological Psychology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Leona Brandwene, Member-At-Large (2019)

Associate Director
Masters of Applied Positive Psychology Program
University of Pennsylvania

  • Michael Steger, Ph.D., Member-At-Large (2019)

Professor of Psychology, and the Founding Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose Colorado State University.

  • James Pawelski, Ph.D., Executive Director (2019)

Director of Education and Senior Scholar
Positive Psychology Center
University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Martin Seligman, Ph.D., Senior Advisor (2019)
Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology
Director, Positive Psychology Center
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Council of Advisors

Ilona Boniwell, Ph.D. (2021)
Senior Lecturer in Positive Psychology
Program Leader, MAPP
University of East London, United Kingdom


Alejandro Castro Solano (2019)


David Cooperrider, Ph.D. (2019)
Fairmont Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Case Western Reserve University, USA


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D. (2019)
Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management
Founding Co-Director, Quality of Life Research Center
Claremont Graduate University, USA


Antonella Delle Fave, M.D. (2017)
Professor of Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine
University of Milano, Italy


Stewart Donaldson, Ph.D. (2017)
Professor of Psychology and Community & Global Health
Dean of the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
Dean of the School of Community & Global Health
Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center
Claremont Graduate University, USA


Maria Elena Garassini, Ph.D. (2019)
Professor of Psychology
Universidad Metropolitana, Venezuela


Anthony Grant, Ph.D. (2017)
Director, Coaching Psychology Unit
University of Sydney, Australia


Dora Guorun Guomundsdottir, (ex 0fficio)


John Helliwell, Ph.D. (2019)
Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
Co-Director, CIFAR Program on Social Interactions, Identity and Well Being
Professor Emeritus, Economics, University of British Columbia, Canada


Rose Inza-Kim, Ph.D. (2019)
Director, Korea Counsiling Center
Professor Emeritus, Sogang University – Seoul, Korea


Gail lronson, MD, Ph.D. (ex officio)
President, Positive Health and Wellness Division
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
University of Miami


Margaret Kern (ex officio)
President, Positive Education Division
Senior Lecturer Centre for Positive Psychology Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne


Hans Henrik Knoop, Ph.D. (2019)
President, European Network for Positive Psychology
Associate Professor, Danish School of Education, Denmark


Marlena Kossakowska, Ph.D. (2019)
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland


Richard Layard (2019)
Director, Well-Being Program, Centre for Economic Performance
London School of Economics, United Kingdom


Charles Martin-Krumm, Ph.D. (2019)
Assistant Professor, Psychology
University of Western Brittany – CREAD – Research Labatory, France


Alireza Memarian (ex officio)
President, Students of the International Positive Psychology Division

Helena Marujo, Ph.D. (2021)
Professor of Psychology
University of Lisbon, Portugal


Mario Mikulincer, Ph.D. (2019)
Professor and Dean, School of Psychology
Interdisciplinary Center Herzlyia, Israel


Jeanne Nakamura, Ph.D. (2019)
Assistant Professor, Psychology
School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences
Claremont Graduate University, USA


Ryan Niemiec, Ph.D. (2021)
Director of Education
VIA Institute on Character


Luis Miguel Neto, Ph.D. (2019)
Professor of Psychology
University of Lisbon, Portugal


Nansook Park, Ph.D. (2019)
Professor of Psychology
Director, Michigan Positive Psychology Center
University of Michigan, USA


Kaiping Peng, Ph.D. (2019)
Professor, Psychology
Tsinghua University, China


Sarah Pressman, Ph.D. (2021)
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
University of California, Irvine, USA


Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D. (ex officio)
President, Positive Clinical Psychology Division
Licensed clinical psychologist at the Health & Wellness Centre
Associate faculty, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)


Willibald Ruch, Ph.D. (2019)
Professor of Psychology
University of Zurich, Switzerland


Marei Salama-Younes, Ph.D. (2021)
Associate Professor of Sport Positive Psychology
Helwan Univeristy – Cairo, Egypt


Kamlesh Singh, Ph.D. (2019)
Associate Professor of Psychology
Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, India


Alena Slezåckovå, Ph.D. (2019)
Professor of Psychology
Masaryk University, Czech Republic


Philip Streit, Ph.D. (2019)
Director, Institute for Kids, Youth and Family, Austria


Margarita Tarragona, Ph.D.

Psychologist, PositivaMente, Mexico


Giselle Timmerman, MAPP (ex officio)
President, Work and Organizations Division


George Vaillant, M.D. (2019)
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director, The Study of Adult Development
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA


Carmelo Vasquez, Ph.D. (2019)
Complutense University of Madrid


Dianne Vella-Brodrick, (2021)
Associate Professor, Director of Master of Applied Positive Psychology
The University of Melbourne, Australia


Lei Wang, Ph.D. (2017)
Vice Chair of Psychology Department
Peking University, China


Marie Wissing, Ph.D. (2017)
Professor, School of Psychosocial Behavioral Sciences
North West University, South Africa


Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D. (2017)
Professor Emeritus, Psychology
Stanford University, USA