Description: The Work and Organization Division of IPPA is proud to present a panel discussion about what the latest and greatest research has to say about how positive psychology can enhance coaching conversations, what the future of coaching looks like with the help of positive psychology, and how to successfully apply this knowledge.

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Dr. Gabriella Rosen Kellerman, M.D.


Gabriella is BetterUp’s Chief Innovation Officer and leads BetterUp Labs, a first-of-its-kind behavioral research lab bringing together business, academia and science to study the inner lives of workers in order to craft coaching interventions that drive optimal performance. Gabriella began her career in psychiatry, going on to amass expertise in behavioral change technologies, digital health, and virtual services. Prior to BetterUp, Gabriella Co-founded LifeLink, served at the clinical advisory board at Castlight Health and worked in the Department of Violence Prevention at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Gabriella earned a B.S. in History of Science, summa cum laude, Harvard University and her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Christian is a highly sought-after executive coach, researcher and educational consultant with significant leadership experience in the public sector. Before moving to the UK in 1997, Christian held senior marketing and business development roles in a number of organisations within the hospitality and fast moving consumer goods sectors. He is a well-respected facilitator, trainer and conference speaker with extensive experience of consultancy in the UK and abroad. As one of the field’s leading academics, Christian heads up the Coaching Psychology programmes at the University of East London. While Christian’s particular area of specialism is “Coaching in Education”, he also teaches “Evidence-based Coaching: Theory and Practice” and “Leadership and Organisational Coaching”. He is the author of Coaching in Education (in press) and is actively engaged in a number of research projects in the field.

Elina Teboul

Elina Teboul is an executive coach, consultant and founder of The LightUp Lab. Elina works with lawyers and other professionals to enhance effectiveness, optimize performance, and unlock their potential at an individual, team and organizational level. Elina began her career as a corporate lawyer practicing at Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP in the investment management group and explored in-house legal work at Credit Suisse. Elina earned her M.A. in Psychology at Columbia University, Teacher’s College where she focused her Integrative Project on positive legal organizations – positive psychology, mindfulness and coaching for the legal industry. Elina has completed the Internal Coaching Intensive through the Columbia Executive Coaching Program and is currently conducting further research on positive psychology coaching interventions for the legal industry. She also holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School.


About IPPA

The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) is a global membership organization of thousands of academics practitioners, clinicians, students who advance the science and practice of positive psychology. Members enjoy regular educational webinars with experts, a virtual library of tools and articles, an online member community, and more.

The field of positive psychology focuses on the study and practice of positive emotions, strengths, and virtues that make all individuals and groups thrive.

The Work and Organizations Division is a subset of IPPA members who are interested in studying and applying positive psychological concepts in organizational settings. The Division offers several ways for members to learn and connect throughout the year, including; 

  • Virtual meet-ups
  • Positive Organizational Intervention Challenge
  • Research Digests & Dialogues between researchers and practitioners

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