SIPPA Student Spotlight

The Student Speaker Series runs on a quarterly basis and SIPPA welcomes applications throughout the year.

Develop your public speaking skills, share your research idea & connect with an international audience? Does this sound like something you would like to do?

SIPPA’s Student Speaker Series helps students to learn from one another and develop their speaking and presentation skills in front of an international community. SIPPA celebrates the student experience and perspective through live online interviews and presentations with students who are making an impact in the field of positive psychology. So if this is something that interests you why not send an application to Applications should include a CV, brief letter of interest and references for any science covered in your presentation. Our Student Speaker Series page showcases previously recorded presentations and more information.

Why watch our lovely student speakers?

We are all on a journey together, to learn the many lessons positive psychology has to share with us. We may be looking for inspiration or to try and figure out what we can do as a student, to take action, to share our ideas, to learn more about our student community. Maybe just to try and find some guidance to get through the maze we each navigate.

The speaker series is a wonderful opportunity for viewers as well as speakers. Our viewers can connect directly with our speakers during their presentations. Bring your questions, perhaps more about the speakers journey or their student experience than about their research but I find when I connect with other students, I am never short of questions. This is a great opportunity to connect, learn and share and that is what being a student is all about!

Our May Student Speaker Series guest is;

kate andrewsKate Andrews, MAPP graduate, CEO & Founder of SketchBetter

Positive Interventions

Kate is the CEO and Founder of SketchBetter, a creative organisation she founded in 2015, at the same time as starting the world’s first MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology with the University of East London. Alongside her Masters, Kate works as a Positive Psychology Coach, and Art and Wellbeing Teacher for Children. SketchBetter brings Positive Psychology and creativity into learning environments through the visual arts, creativity and mindfulness. In its first year SketchBetter has worked with the likes of Cass Art, the Turner Contemporary, Smart Design and The International Youth Arts Festival. Kate currently teaches Art to primary children at Alexandra School in Kingston and is working with the senior leadership to design new ways that promote strengths and enable flourishing. Kate’s MSc research focuses on the impact of a new Mindful Drawing intervention, called Story Spheres, on children age 5-7 years old.

Prior to her Masters, Kate completed Dr Barbara Fredrickson’s Positive Psychology course (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Dr Brene Brown’s course The Power of Vulnerability and Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas’ course, The Science of Happiness (University of California, Berkeley). Kate also holds a First Class Honors in Graphic Design, where she focused her research her creativity, mental health and wellbeing. In 2008 she was awarded a Fellowship to the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) for her contributions to social change.

Our previous guests include; 

fergursonSue Ferguson, PhD student;

Positive Psychology and Ageing – Acceptance, Hope and Self-compassion in Older Adults



sebastianSebastian Bóo, education and well-being consultant;

Excellence in Teaching




susanSusan Mangan, PhD student;

Positive interventions