Officers/Executive Committee

Terms of Office End as Noted

  • Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., President (2017)

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

  • Carmelo Vazquez, Ph.D., Immediate Past-President (2017)

Professor of Psychopathology
Universidad Complutense, Spain

  • Lea Waters, Ph.D., President-Elect (2018)

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

  • Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Ph.D., Secretary (2017)

Associate Professor, Director of Master of Applied Positive Psychology
The University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Kim Cameron, Ph.D., Treasurer (2017)
William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations
Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education
University of Michigan, USA

  • James Pawelski, Ph.D., Executive Director

Director of Education and Senior Scholar
Positive Psychology Center
University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Martin Seligman, Ph.D., Senior Advisor (2017)
Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology
Director, Positive Psychology Center
University of Pennsylvania, USA


Board of Directors / Members-at-Large

Ilona Boniwell, Ph.D. (2017)
Senior Lecturer in Positive Psychology
Program Leader, MAPP
University of East London, United Kingdom


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


Nick Haslam, Ph.D. (2019)
Professor of Psychology
University of Melbourne, Australia


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


Ren Jun, Ph.D. (2017)
Professor of Psychology
Zhejiang Normal University, China


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


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


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


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


Shane Lopez, Ph.D. (2017)
Senior Scientist in Residence, Gallup
Research Director, Clifton Strengths School, USA


Helena Marujo, Ph.D. (2017)
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
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. (2017)
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
University of California, Irvine, USA


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


Marei Salama-Younes, Ph.D. (2017)
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


Alejandro Castro Solano, Ph.D. (2019)
Professor of Psychology
University of Palermo, Argentina


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


Sombat Tapanya, Ph.D. (2017)
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Chiang Mai University, Thailand


Margarita Tarragona, Ph.D. (2017)
Directora del Instituto de Ciencias de la Felicidad
Universidad Tecmilenio, Mexico


Ewa Trzebinska, Ph.D. (2017)
Professor Warsaw School for Advanced Social Psychology, Poland


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


Joar Vitterso, Ph.D. (2017)
Professor of Psychology
University of Tromso, Norway


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