IPPA Member Code of Conduct: 

IPPA members are a part of a global community of scholars, practitioners, and students who move the field of positive psychology forward. Members contribute to the positive psychology commons and play a role in advancing the field.  IPPA members enjoy exclusive, year-round opportunities to learn, access resources and connect with colleagues.

We ask all IPPA division members to abide by the following standards:

  • Maintain an active IPPA membership. IPPA members are welcome to join divisions at no additional cost. Division members should maintain an active IPPA membership by renewing when they receive email notices, to continue enjoying this member benefit.
  • Follow IPPA’s processes and procedures. IPPA leadership has oversight of all external-facing communications or partnerships.
    • Partnerships. IPPA is taking a coordinated, strategic, organization-wide approach to this important process. The Executive Committee recently appointed Meike Bartels, Ph.D., as Chair of the Partnerships Committee. This Committee will develop evaluation standards and criteria for partnerships and proactively determine which organizations IPPA will prioritize. In the meantime, we are asking division leaders to share their recommendations for organizations and conferences that IPPA might want to connect with in this compilation document that Steven Zarian (Health Division) began.
    • All potential partnership opportunities will be submitted to and approved by the Divisions Committee Chair or the Partnership Committee Chair.
    • No member may enter into an agreement (financial, legal, marketing, program-related) on behalf of IPPA with any external entity without prior written permission from the Divisions Committee Chair.
    • Communication. Division members and volunteer Communication Leads should adhere to IPPA’s communication guidelines.
    • Division Communication Leads must participate in a New Volunteer Orientation and adhere to the guidelines about messaging, logo use, branding, and much more, in the Communicator’s Handbook.
    • No member may represent IPPA to the media without express permission from IPPA’s Executive Director or Director of Communications
    • All communications must adhere to IPPA’s scientific and application standards, and avoid perpetuating public misconceptions about the field of positive psychology.
    • All communications do not imply endorsements of any particular member, organization, product or service. Include a non-endorsement disclaimer whenever necessary.
    • Members will not make any statement on behalf of IPPA, or purport to represent IPPA through any public medium, including digital social media, unless authorized to do so by the Director of Communication.
  • Conduct yourself with scientific and professional integrity.
    • Non-Endorsement. IPPA members may not use their status as a division member or leader to imply any kind of endorsement of themselves or their work.
    • Scope of Power. No member may certify, license, or otherwise issue credentials on behalf of IPPA.
    • Conflict of Interest. Volunteers will not knowingly hold, assume, or accept a position in which interests conflict with commitment or role. In the event that a volunteer might have a financial or professional conflict of interest, he or she must disclose the conflict of interest and recuse him or herself from the activity. Volunteers must not benefit financially from their role with IPPA, or use their position for self-promotion.
    • Content Access and Crediting Work.  Refrain from reproducing or making copies of proprietary content, or distributing content. through print, digital, broadcast or social media channels, except when otherwise indicated, or without the express written consent of the owner. When referencing work use the appropriate citations.
    • Adhere to IPPA’s scientific and application standards
    • Be respectful. In all discourse, show respect to your fellow colleagues for the diversity of experience in our international global community.


Division Leader: All of the above, plus:

  • Take advantage of available resources to support your success!
    • Participate in a new volunteer orientation
    • Familiarize yourself with IPPA’s strategic priorities, communication guidelines, and brand standards
    • Follow all legal responsibilities of a 501c3, (e.g. IPPA may not engage in activities that attempt to influence legislation or political candidates, etc.)
    • Understand and keep abreast of IPPA’s news and updates to the division toolkit
  • Help build a sense of community.
    • Be timely and responsive
    • Attend monthly meetings (or as scheduled)
  • Set an example for strong, ethical leadership.
    • Uphold IPPA’s highest scientific and ethical standards
    • Membership confidentiality – may not use, distribute, information for any personal gain, information must be used for IPPA division leadership purposes only.

Division President Role: All of the above, plus:

  • Think: Member Engagement, Communication, and Sustainability
    • Recruit and develop volunteer leaders to establish a strong leadership pipeline.
    • Ensure that your leadership team is aware of and has access to IPPA resources and updates.
    • Work with your team and division members to identify goals, create and share strategic plan with division members.
    • Regularly communicate with and engage division members, and solicit their feedback and participation whenever possible.
    • Follow IPPA’s reporting and new initiative proposal guidelines, and keep IPPA Divisions Committee informed of any issues.