Date: October 21st 2020

Time: 2:00 pm PT/5:00 pm ET

Location: Zoom

Open to members and non-members

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IPPA’s Positive Health and Wellness (PH&W) division will be hosting a webinar on Positive Emotions, Behavior and Health. We invite you to sample pragmatic and implementable knowledge, presented by distinguished members of IPPA’s PH&W leader family. Our esteemed panelists will be sharing bite-size, cutting edge theory, research, and practices to help you boost your positive health and well-being.

  • Liana Lianov, MD, MPH – Positive emotions and health
  • Gail Ironson, MD, PhD – Practical ways to harness your spiritual beliefs for your health and well-being
  • Frederick Brown, PhD – Dreaming about good sleep and your well-being 
  • Kathi Norman, DMSc, MSBS, MAPP – Shining the light on the health crisis of loneliness 

In this one-hour webinar, each panelist will present a brief of their areas of expertise to inspire you toward health and positive action.

Elaine O’Brien, PhD, MAPP and an esteemed member of the PH&W leader family, will serve as your host and moderate a Question and Answer period and the end of the webinar.

In honor of World Mental Health Day, IPPA’s PH&W division would like to invite both members and non-members to the event. So invite your colleagues, classmates, and friends and don’t miss this event!

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Topics featured in the Expert’s Showcase:


The powerful reciprocal relationship of positive emotions and health

Presenter: Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACLM, Dip ABLM

Founder and Principal, HealthType LLC

President of Global Positive Health Institute, Inc. (Coming soon!)

President, IPPA Positive Health & Wellness


As an innovative leader in lifestyle medicine, Dr. Lianov has advanced the movement in the US and internationally, including facilitating the panel that developed the lifestyle medicine core competencies and publishing its recommendations. She currently serves as the Chair of the Happiness Science and Positive Health Committee of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), vice-chair of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, and President of the Positive Health and Wellness Division of the International Positive Psychology Association. A few of her notable past positions include serving as president of the ACLM, Director for the Healthy Lifestyles Division of the American Medical Association and board regent for the American College of Preventive Medicine. She also directed programs in heart disease, stroke and cancer prevention at the California Department of Health Services. In 2018, she convened the inaugural Summit on Happiness Science in Health Care, which led to scholarly publications and a groundbreaking book on how to integrate happiness science into medical practice, Roots of Positive Change, Optimizing Health Care with Positive Psychology. She is currently working on launching the Global Positive Health Institute, which will advance the mission of integrating positive psychology into health care.


Practical ways to harness spiritual beliefs and practices for your health and well-being

Presenter: Gail Ironson, MD, PhD

Board Certified Psychiatrist

Professor, University of Miami, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry

President-Elect, American Psychosomatic Society

Past President, Health Division, International Positive Psychology Association

Past President, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research


Dr. Ironson is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Miami and a Board Certified Psychiatrist. She is the immediate Past President of the Health Division of the International Positive Psychology Association, Past President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Association, and President – Elect of the American Psychosomatic Society. She received her MD from the University of Miami, her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, and she did her residency training at Stanford University.   She has more than 250 publications in the field of behavioral medicine and positive psychology and is also a current or past member of the editorial board of five journals. She has directed federally funded research studies investigating psychological factors in long survival with illness (especially HIV), stress management, and treatments for traumatized individuals. Her current areas of focus include examining positive psychological factors (including a focus on spirituality) in health and recovery from trauma.


Good sleep for well-being; it changes with age, and that’s no dream!

Presenter: Frederick M. Brown, PhD

Psychologist, PA Licensure

Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychology

The Pennsylvania State University

Member, Sleep Research Society of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies


After 47 years of research and teaching Frederick Brown is now an Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychology at Penn State University, University Park, PA. His liberal arts AB degree is from Hope College, Holland, MI, a Master of Science in physiological psychology from the Brain Institute at Syracuse University, and PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Virginia. His training was in the biological sciences and psychobiology. His research has been on the rhythms of life, including the circadian rhythm, the lunar rhythm, and sleep. He co-edited the book, Rhythmic Aspects of Behavior with NASA retired COL R. Curtis Graeber, which opened to psychologists the study of the rhythms that underlie all aspects of cognitive behavior. His teaching has focused on illness prevention and well-being. He developed an introductory university course at Penn State entitled Wellbeing and Positive Psychology. He recently co-authored with his wife, Dr. Cynthia LaJambe, the book Positive Psychology and Well-Being: Applications for Enhanced Living. He was Editor-in-chief for IPPA’s Division 4 on the 1st and 2nd editions of Chronicle of Advances in Positive Health and Well-Being, and shared with her the lead article entitled Health, Wellness, and Well-Being: The Need for a Common Terminology.


Loneliness: A health crisis

Presenter: Kathi Norman, DMSc, MSBS, MAPP

Director of Clinical Education

George Fox University

Physician Assistant Program

Creator/CEO: Positive Medicine™


Dr. Kathi Norman, DMSc, MSBS, MAPP is the creator of Positive MedicineTM.  She is the CEO and founder of  Positive Psychology Health and Well-Being where she uses Positive MedicineTM  in her coaching, as a speaker, trainer and educator, and in teaching her patients to be happier and healthier..  Dr. Norman is currently developing a training program for physician assistants at George Fox University.She graduated from PENN with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology.  Dr. Norman is an invited speaker globally where she speaks on the health and wellness relationship to forgiveness, loneliness, music, and burnout.  She is a member of the Happiness Science and Positive Health Committee of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and a leader in the International Positive Psychology Associations Health & Wellness division. Her book, Positive Medicine will be coming out next year.


Host: Elaine O’Brien, PhD, MAPP

Elaine O’Brien, Inc.

University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology



Dr. Elaine O’Brien, PhD, MAPP is the CEO of Elaine O’Brien, PhD, a training, consulting, and strategic program design company dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives and health. An international presenter, educator, and leader in Positive Health, Fitness, Optimal Performance and Movement Psychology, and Positive Psychology, Elaine has presented and led thousands of people toward greater mental and physical health. Elaine is one of the first 100 people in the world to have earned a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman. Elaine has presented her research for IPPA, MAPP, IDEA Health and Fitness Association and for Positive Psychology conferences and programs in Portugal, Canada, Hungary, France, China, and throughout the U.S. both in person and virtually. Elaine is a writer who has written for Positive Psychology News Daily, the American Psychological Association Journal of Women and Therapy, and is currently writing on Positive Movement, Flourishing Lives. Elaine earned her PhD in the Psychology of Movement from Temple University in 2015.


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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