Division 17 Section on Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is the scientific study of human strengths and virtues. It involves an attempt to move toward a more balanced perspective on human functioning that considers motives, capacities, and human potentials. Counseling Psychology historically and presently continues to be one of the few disciplines that highlights the values of fostering human capacities, satisfaction, and well-being. In some form Counseling Psychology always has been a vital part of promoting good health and preventing disease, including mental, physical, and social disorders for individuals and communities. It is in the context that this Section was formed. The aim of the this group is to focus on how Counseling Psychology fosters and builds human strength and well-being and in pursuing this endeavor, furthers the development of positive psychological science and practice. This site includes information about positive psychology research, teaching, and practice as well as events, strengths based books, and resources.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Five Strengths (VIA): 1) Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness; 2) Industry, diligence, and perseverance; 3) Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness; 4) Caution, prudence, and discretion; 5) Curiosity and interest in the world Top Five Strengths (SF 2.0): 1) Achiever, 2) Maximizer, 3) Relator, 4) Arranger, 5) Focus

Top Five Strengths (VIA): 1) Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness; 2) Industry, diligence, and perseverance; 3) Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness; 4) Caution, prudence, and discretion; 5) Curiosity and interest in the world

Top Five Strengths (SF 2.0): 1) Achiever, 2) Maximizer, 3) Relator, 4) Arranger, 5) Focus

Chair: Rhea Owens, Ph.D.

Work Affiliation: The University of British Columbia

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Areas of Interest related to Positive Psychology: Strength identification and development, clinical applications of positive psychology, and positive psychological assessment.

Goals for your work as a Section Officer/Representative for the next two years: Broaden the awareness of positive psychology within Division 17 and APA’s membership. Provide conference programming related to the growth of positive psychology and how it intersects with other fields within psychology.

 

Top Five Strengths (SF 2.0): Responsibility, Empathy, Individualization, Relator, Strategic

Top Five Strengths (SF 2.0): Responsibility, Empathy, Individualization, Relator, Strategic

CHAIR ELECT/ WEBMASTER:     BRIAN P. COLE, PH.D.

Work Affiliation: University of Kansas

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Areas of Interest Related to Positive Psychology: Clinical applications of positive psychology, hope and well-being therapy, positive social media, strength based-counseling, teaching positive psychology, and positive                               masculinity/fatherhood.

Goals for your work as a Section Officer/Representative for the next two years: (a) developing initiatives to engage members in section programming, (b) working with section leadership to develop outlets for publication of positive psychological research, and (c) encouraging counseling psychologists to embrace our strength-based history by engaging in positive psychological research and practice.     

Top Five Strengths (SF 2.0): Achiever * Input * Learner * Woo * Communication

Top Five Strengths (SF 2.0): Achiever * Input * Learner * Woo * Communication

Past Chair: Danny Singley, Ph.D.

Work Affiliation: The Center for Men’s Excellence

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Areas of Interest related to Positive Psychology: Social cognitive models of well-being; evidence-based practices in strengths development; applying positive psychology research and theory in programmatic interventions; men’s reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood.

Goals for your work as a Section Officer/Representative for the next two years: I am interested in increasing our efforts to engage and retain students and early career psychologists in the Section.


Communications Officer: Collie W. Conoley, Ph.D.

Position: Communications Officer, Editor, Positive Psychology: Theory and Application

Work/School Affiliation: Professor and Director of the Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Center, University of California – Santa Barbara

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Areas of Interest Related to Positive Psychology: Transforming psychotherapy using positive   psychology; specifically incorporating processes using positive emotions and strengths to accomplish approach    goals.

Dr. Conoley also serves as the editor of Positive Psychology: Theory and Application.

Top Five Strengths (VIA): Spirituality * Fairness * Industry * Modesty * Zest

Top Five Strengths (VIA): Spirituality * Fairness * Industry * Modesty * Zest

Treasurer: Ingrid Weigold, Ph.D.

Work/School Affiliation: The University of Akron

 

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Areas of Interest related to Positive Psychology: The influence of human agency on college student academic, career, and personal development; international student wellbeing.

Goals for your work as a Section Officer/Representative for the next two years: I will be working on the Section Awards for psychologists and students. I’m also excited to spread     awareness of and promote the section!

research Representative: Blake Allan, PH.D. 

Top Five Strengths (VIA): Love of Learning, Social Intelligence, Perspective, Honesty

Top Five Strengths (VIA): Love of Learning, Social Intelligence, Perspective, Honesty

Work/School Affiliation: Purdue University

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Your Areas of Interest Related to Positive Psychology: Meaningful work, meaning in life, character strengths, positive psychology in career counseling and work psychology, helping behaviors. 

Goals for your work as a Section Representative for the next two years: Develop and disseminate new research resources for members. Help promote positive psychology within Division 17. Generate research collaborations among members.

Teaching Representative: Patricia Cabrera, B.A.

Top Five Strengths (VIA): Gratitude, Humor, Kindness, Love, and Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

Top Five Strengths (VIA): Gratitude, Humor, Kindness, Love, and Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

Work/School Affiliation: The University at Albany, State University of New York

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Areas of Interest Related to Positive Psychology: Positive aging, resilience theory, optimal well-being, and broadly the intersection of optimism, resilience, exposure to trauma, and the development of PTSD

Goals for your work as a Section Representative for the next two years: 1) Disseminate positive psychology related resources relevant to treatment and research, 2) broaden efforts and approaches to teaching positive psychology, and 3) connect students and professionals within    Division 17 to the Section on Positive Psychology.                                                                                                                   

practice representative: deborah pardue, ms

Work/School Affiliation: Indiana University

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Areas of Interest Related to Positive Psychology: Helping individuals find meaning in life to help promote resilience and healing, the impact that Positive Psychology class has on individual student lives, and the impact of gratitude from therapist to client in the therapy process.

Goals for your work as a Section Representative for the next two years: Over the next two years I hope to make movement in the following areas:  A) Help others learn multiple ways to apply Positive Psychology in various settingsB) Work with other officers to promote growth of Positive Psychology and C) Committed to continue the efforts to build Student Campus Representative Program and increase student involvement in Positive Psychology.   

Student Representative: Julia Cawthra, ma

School Affiliation: Indiana University

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Areas of Interest related to Positive Psychology: athlete well-being, resilience, gratitude in athletics, and positive coaching behaviors 

Goals for your work as a Representative for the next two years: I would like to continue building on the great networking and foundation that Adam Fishel began. Working with Sarah Milam will be great as well, since we will converge two separate professional and academic networks. Spreading the knowledge and resources of positive psychology to more campuses with ideally a doubled campus representative cohort is part of our initiative. Hopefully we will also create a central source of positive psychology information for distribution on those campuses!

 

Student representative: sarah milam, ma

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School Affiliation: West Virginia University

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Areas of Interest related to Positive Psychology: Post-traumatic Growth, resilience, spirituality, and forgiveness in diverse populations.

Goals for your work as a representative for the next two years: I am thrilled to be serving as a Co-Student Representative with Julia Cawthra for the next two years. During our term I hope to continue to build the network of Campus Representatives across the U.S. and internationally. I would like to work to include Campus Reps from both Masters and Doctoral programs in order to have a farther reaching impact. I hope to equip current reps to educate and inspire others at their campuses to become involved in our section and develop a long lasting interest in positive psychology. In addition, I am looking forward to working with Julia to compile positive psychology resources which members can use to influence their research, practice and personal lives. 

 

 

Campus Representatives

  • Adam Fishel- University of Memphis
  • Alireza Memarian Azad- University of Isfahan; All Universities In Iran
  • Angela Lewis- Western Michigan University
  • Beatriz Bello- UC Santa Barbara
  • Bobby Byrom- University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • Carly Hunt Rietschel- University of Maryland
  • Claudine Anderson- Georgia State University
  • Colton Brown- Oklahoma State University
  • Deidre Bassolino- Fordham University
  • Dylan Corp- University at Albany
  • Elizabeth Louis- University of Georgia
  • Haley Sterling- Purdue University
  • Ian Evans- Radford University
  • Ian Lesueur- Seton Hall University
  • Jordie Poncy- Univeristy of Houston
  • Katherine Moore- University of British Columbia
  • Lauren Bouchard- Purdue University
  • Lauren Yurish- Chatham University
  • Mandila Das- Texas Tech University
  • Paige Naylor- University of South Alabama
  • Shao Li- Indiana University Bloomington
  • Shlee Martinez- Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Srishyama Vempaty- Spalding University
  • Susanna Turner- University of Northern Colorado
  • Taylor Damiani- UC Santa Barbara
  • Todd Ryser-Oatman- University of Kentucky
  • Troy Fox- University of Kansas