2017 IPPA Awards Program Winners
Christopher Peterson Gold Medal – Robert J. Vallerand, Ph.D.
The Christopher Peterson Gold Medal honors an IPPA member who exemplifies the best of positive psychology at the personal, professional, and academic levels. This award is named after Christopher Peterson, a beloved IPPA Fellow, professor, scholar and pioneer in the field of positive psychology. Peterson’s many scholarly contributions include his work on the character strengths and values classification and assessment with Martin Seligman. On a personal level, Peterson was known for his sincerity, humility, integrity, sense of humor and generosity.
The 2017 Christopher Peterson Gold Medal has been awarded to Robert J. Vallerand, Ph.D.
Robert J. Vallerand, Ph.D. Professor Robert J. Vallerand is Full Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social at the Université du Québec à Montréal where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Motivational Processes and Optimal Functioning. He is also a Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. Bob has published 7 books and well over 300 scientific articles and book chapters, mainly on motivational processes. Over 20 of his former students are university professors across Canada and Europe. He has served as President of the Quebec Society for Research in Psychology, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the International Positive Psychology Association(IPPA). Bob has been elected a Fellow of over a dozen learned societies including the American Psychological Association (APA, as well as Fellow of Divisions 8, 9, 15, 20, and 47), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Society for Social Psychology and Personality Psychology (SPSP), and several others. He has also received the Donald O. Hebb Career Award from the Canadian Psychological Association for his contribution to the science of psychology, as well as the Sport Science Award from the International Olympic Committee. His latest book is The Psychology of Passion (2015) with Oxford University Press.
Raymond D. Fowler Service Award – David J. Pollay, MAPP
The Raymond D. Fowler Service Award honors an IPPA member who has gone above and beyond to give his or her time in the service of advancing the field of positive psychology. The award is named after a dear colleague and IPPA Fellow, Ray Fowler, whose generosity and vision catalyzed the creation of IPPA back in 2007.
The 2017 winner of the Raymond D. Fowler Service Award is David J. Pollay, MAPP.
David was mentored by Ray Fowler back when they were working together to launch IPPA. He then proceeded to serve as IPPA’s first Associate Executive Director. Ten years ago, our winner created IPPA’s Positive Psychology Leader Series, and has served as a volunteer host and director of this popular educational program ever since – orchestrating 43 webinars to date! He helped to launch the Alumni Association of the UPENN Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program, of which he is a graduate. He is the author of two positive psychology-based books; The Law of the Garbage Truck and Three Promises. His colleagues describe him as quick with a kind, encouraging word and possessing a generosity matched only by his passion for his family and his life’s work. We are grateful everyday for his many contributions to our organization and to our field.
David J. Pollay is committed to helping people live fulfilling lives every day at work and at home. He is the author and creator of the international blockbuster, The Law of the Garbage Truck®, now translated into twelve languages. His latest book, The 3 Promises: Find Joy Every Day. Do What You Love. Make a Difference, has been selling out across the country in stores and online.
David is a leader in the science of Positive Psychology. He has spoken to audiences around the world, and he was a featured TEDx speaker. David served as the co-founding associate executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association. He has been featured on ABC, NPR, Univision, and in BusinessWeek SmallBiz Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, Business Digest, Florida’sSun Sentinel, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and media worldwide. His new book, The 3 Promises was just recommended by Live Happy Magazine.
David holds a master’s degree of applied positive psychology (M.A.P.P.) from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University. He has held leadership positions at Yahoo!, MasterCard, Global Payments, and AIESEC. He is also a former college football running back, coming to Yale after breaking Shorewood High School’s all-time career rushing and scoring records and serving as Team Captain.
Outstanding Practitioner Award- Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D.
The Outstanding Practitioner Award honors an IPPA practitioner who has shown the most outstanding excellence and impact in advancing the practice of positive psychology in ethical and evidence-based ways.
The 2017 winner of the Outstanding Practitioner Award is Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D.
Dr. Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada. His expertise includes positive clinical psychology, strength-based resilience, posttraumatic growth, multicultural psychotherapy and positive education. During his post-doctoral training, Dr. Rashid developed Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) with Dr. Martin Seligman, at the University of Pennsylvania. Tayyab has trained clinicians and educators internationally and has also worked with survivors of 9/11 and the Asian tsunami. He is currently serving as the first President of IPPA’s Positive Clinical Psychology Division.
Dr. Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Health & Wellness Centre, and an associate faculty in the graduate psychological clinical science program at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Canada. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Executive Master’s Program in Positive Leadership at the IE University, Spain.
Dr. Rashid developed and validated Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) with Dr. Martin Seligman at the Positive Psychology Centre, University of Pennsylvania and published several PPT studies with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, borderline personality symptoms and psychosis. Also trained in Hath Yoga and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Dr. Rashid has trained mental health professionals and educators internationally in positive psychology interventions and strengths-based resilience skills.
Dr. Rashid is current co-chair of Campus Mental Health, a Canadian initiative, and also directs award-winning program Flourish (www.utsc.utoronto.ca/flourish/) at UTSC. Dr. Rashid, consults with several non-profit organizations and has worked with 9/11 families, Asian tsunami survivors and refugee families. Author of numerous scholarly papers, and book chapters, Dr. Rashid’s work has been featured in Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Macleans’ magazine, TEDx and at the Canadian Broadcasting.
For the past two years, Dr. Rashid has served as the Chair of IPPA’s Positive Clinical Psychology Division’s Steering Committee and served as the lead author on the division charter.
Early Career Researcher Award – Margaret (Peggy) Kern, Ph.D.
The Early Career Researcher Award honors an IPPA member who, within the first 10 years of completing their PhD, has contributed most significantly to scientific advancement of knowledge in positive psychology.
The 2017 winner of the Early Career Researcher Award is Dr. Margaret Kern.
Dr. Kern is the Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on understanding and measuring well-being across the lifespan. She has developed several freely available wellbeing measures, including PERMA-Profiler. She has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters, taught hundreds of students in the UPENN MAPP program and advised more than 100 students on their capstones.
2017 IPPA Fellows
The title of Fellow is conferred on IPPA members who have contributed most significantly to the scientific advancement of knowledge in their specific field of research or practice within the domain of positive psychology, and to the development of the International Positive Psychology Association.
Congratulations to this year’s IPPA Fellows:
2017 Dissertation Award
This award is conferred on the author of a Ph.D. dissertation on a topic in the domain of positive psychology that has been officially passed between February 28, 2015 to February 15, 2017. Many of the applications received this year were characterized by impressively high levels of originality and methodological complexity: a very promising perspective for the future of positive psychology.
Alejandro Adler, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, USA
“Teaching Well-Being Increases Academic Performance: Evidence From Bhutan, Mexico, And Peru”
Katherine Nelson-Coffey, Ph.D.
University of California, Riverside, USA
“The Effects Of Prosocial And Self-Focused Behaviors On Psychological Flourishing”
Elise Rice, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
“Positive Spontaneous Thoughts Reflect Incentive Salience”
Ann Roepke, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, USA
“Surviving And Thriving: Evaluations Of Three Interventions Fostering Well Being And Growth In The Face Of Adversity”
IPPA is committed to nurturing the next generation of positive psychology scholars and practitioners.
IPPA’s Student Scholarship Program helps students who would otherwise not be able to attend the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology take advantage of this unique career and learning opportunity. These scholarships help offset registration and/or travel costs for students who have been accepted to present a poster or presentation.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, nine students were awarded a scholarship to attend and present their research at the Fifth World Congress.
Congratulations to the 2017 scholarship winners:
|Sasha Blickhan studied philosophy at Oxford University and King’s College London, and positive psychology at ARU Cambridge, UK, where she discovered her passion for positive social psychology. She lives in Munich, Germany, and teaches the science of well-being as a trainer for Applied Positive Psychology at Inntal Institut.
|Sofia El Mouderrib is a PhD student in neuropsychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal in Quebec, Canada. Under the supervision of Pr. Dave Saint-Amour and Pr. Hugo Théoret, her research focuses on investigating the neurophysiological bases of executive functions by using non-invasive brain stimulation.
|Emilie Gravel is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Ottawa where she is co-supervised by Dr Elke Reissing at the Human Sexuality Laboratory and by Dr Luc Pelletier at the Human Motivation Laboratory. Her research focuses on identifying the motivational factors that shape experiences of sexual well-being.
|Judith Mangelsdorf (MAPP, MA, MEd) is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. Her research focuses on the linkage between post-traumatic and post-ecstatic growth.
|Holli-Anne Passmore is a positive psychology researcher focusing on full aliveness, meaning in life, and how connecting with nature can enhance well-being. She is completing her Ph.D. (2018) at the University of British Columbia.
|Stéphanie Radziszewski is a doctoral student in community psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her main research interests concern citizen participation, and the well-being of marginalized groups, such as people living in social housing.
Lisa Wagner is a research and teaching assistant the University of Zurich at the department of Personality and Assessment (Prof. Dr. W. Ruch) who focuses on children’s and adolescents’ character strengths and their significance in contexts that are highly relevant to their development, such as schools and peer groups in her PhD research. She also enjoys teaching positive psychology in seminars and the post-graduate continuing education course (Certificate of Advanced Studies in Positive Psychology) at the University of Zurich, which she also coordinates.
|Jennifer Winkler has a background in public health with a focus on conflict management as a strategy for health promotion. Her doctoral degree work focused on using the skills and tools of public health to the research and management of conflict. In that work, she explored school discipline and student well being and developed an approach she has called “kind discipline.” Kind discipline defines approaches to address challenging student behavior that will ultimately support students and communities in thriving. In addressing these issues, she brings a focus on proactive approaches to building positive communities in ways that can reduce or mitigate potential conflict.||Jennifer Winkler has a background in public health with a focus on conflict management as a strategy for health promotion. Her doctoral degree work focused on using the skills and tools of public health to the research and management of conflict. In that work, she explored school discipline and student well being and developed an approach she has called “kind discipline.” Kind discipline defines approaches to address challenging student behavior that will ultimately support students and communities in thriving. In addressing these issues, she brings a focus on proactive approaches to building positive communities in ways that can reduce or mitigate potential conflict.|