Positive Health and Wellness Division
Statement of Interest:
I am a strong supporter of the Positive Health and Wellness Division of IPPA. As a Division co-founder (and co-author of the division charter), in conjunction with Drs. Sara Pressman and Afton Hassett, I have continuously volunteered and have served in an advisory role for Division activities. I am now formally applying for the President-Elect position to further enhance my service towards the mission of the Division.
My career has encompassed research, clinical/intervention applications, and teaching activities concerning positive psychological factors associated with health outcomes. I have a BA and MA in psychology, and a PhD in Preventive Medicine (Health Behavior Research). I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine (USC Keck School of Medicine) and am a member of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research. This environment has provided wonderful experiences for bridging disciplines, as well facilitating team work between clinicians/practitioners and researchers. Thus, I am well-versed in collaborating across disciplines, publishing in interdisciplinary/healthcare-oriented journals, and mentoring and supporting undergraduate students, predoctoral trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. I developed, and have continuously taught (since 2006), an undergraduate course focused on relevant research (entitled Happiness, Well-Being, and Health). My peer-reviewed publications represent numerous domains within Positive Psychology, including posttraumatic growth, spirituality, optimism, positive affect, and mindfulness. With numerous peer-reviewed publications, external grant funding, and a rich history of mentoring-, classroom-, and community-based experiences, I have a strong awareness of the academic world as well as the logistical issues needed to help foster the goals of the Positive Health and Wellness Division of IPPA. Thank you for your consideration.