IPPA’s Positive Health and Wellness Division manages a biennial Contributions to Positive Health Award, which recognizes individuals with long and distinguished careers who have made a notable impact on the field of positive health.

The 2019 Contributions to Positive Health Award will be administered at the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology, July, 2019, in Melbourne Australia. At this time, the award winner will give the prestigious Contributions in Positive Health Award Lecture as part of the conference program.

IPPA members are encouraged to nominate candidates for the award between October and December 2018. Nominees can be any professional involved in positive health (academics, researchers, clinicians, organizations, practitioners, consultants, coaches), who uses positive psychology to advance human longevity, quality of life, and physiological and psychological well-being (including decreased morbidity).

Past winners of the award and their corresponding lectures are listed below.

  • 2009, Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D. Dr. Cohen described his pioneering work in the field of positive health including studies related to the effects of positive affect and social support on immunity and susceptibility to infectious disease.
  • 2011, Andrew Steptoe, Ph.D. Dr. Andrew Steptoe received the award and spoke about the ways in which psychological and social factors influence the biological responses underlying coronary heart disease, and other conditions and how these responses vary with socio-economic status.
  • 2013, Annette Stanton, Ph.D. Stanton provided a fascinating talk highlighting her work in the area of resilience and psychosocial oncology.
  • 2015, Carol Ryff, Ph.D. Ryff presented an inspirational talk based on 25 years of work titled, “Past, Present and Future Perspectives on Eudaimonic Well-Being.”
  • 2017, Judy Moskowitz, Ph.D. Moskowitz reviewed evidence for the efficacy of positive emotion interventions and discussed lessons learned about which approaches work best and for whom, in Positive Affect Intervention to Help People Cope with Health-Related Stress: Progress, Promise and Lessons Learned.