The International Positive Psychology Association is in the process of developing a new professional division focused on the topic of positive education. IPPAEd is a member-initiated special interest group that bridges research and practice, convenes diverse cultural and multidisciplinary perspectives, and provides a platform for members to connect and collaborate on efforts that advance our mission.

Mission Statement

The Division will bridge research and practice related to the application of positive psychology in formal and informal educational settings, and facilitate collaboration with members from around the world. The Division will support activities related to curriculum, pedagogy, administration, support services, and education systems, with the goal of supporting the well-being, character, and resilience of students, staff and educational communities.

IPPA Education Division Office Bearers 2019-2021

Office Name Terms of Office End as Noted
Education Division President (Ex Officio Advisor to the Board of Directors) Associate Professor Mathew White School of Education The University of Adelaide 2021
Immediate Education Division Past-President Associate Professor Peggy Kern Melbourne Graduate School of Education The University of Melbourne 2021
Secretary Mahabbeh Mowakket 2021
Awards Lead TBC 2021
Communications Lead Dr Rosalinda Ballesteros Valdés Instituto de Ciencias de la Felicidad Universidad Tecmienio 2021
Community Lead (IPPAengage) Dr Mette Marie Ledertoug 2021
European Conference Pre-conference Leads Dr Mette Marie Ledertoug (Chair) Dr Åse Fagerlund, Dr Shiri Lavy, & Associate Professor Mathew White 2021
Membership Lead TBC 2021
Publications Lead Professor Michael Wehmeyer Chairperson Department of Special Education University of Kansas 2021
Regional Representatives Lead Associate Professor Sylvia Kwok Department of Applied Social Studies City University of Hong Kong 2021
Research Co-lead Dr Covadonga Chaves Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid (UCM) 2021
Research-practice Co-lead Dr Ricardo Arguís Rey IES Santiago Hernández, Zaragoza 2021
Research-practice Co-lead Tracy Litchfield 2021
World Congress Lead TBC 2021

Ways to Get Involved:

I. Join the division to receive updates.

Division membership is open to any IPPA member. To join the division, simply update your member profile. Log in to your IPPA profile. Click “Custom” then click the drop down arrow under “Education Division” on the right side of the page and click “Yes.” Last, click “Update” at the bottom of the page.

II. Volunteer to help with special projects.

Click here to learn about current volunteer opportunities with the IPPAEd division.

To ask a question, learn more or volunteer for a leadership role, please email:

III. Review the Division Charter

Dr. Margaret Kern developed the initial charter with consultation from Carmelo Vazquez, Dianne Vella Brodrick, Angela Duckworth, Ilona Boniwell, Martin Seligman, Hans Henrik Knoop, and Herb Marsh.

If you have a question, please email: