Message from the Editor

In its newer form, this publication is advancing from a newsletter that included general program announcements and conference dates. That information now can be found weekly in the IPPA Engage member community. This 2nd Edition publication will emphasize scientific studies and best practices that can better serve the needs of those who are academic and clinical researchers/practitioners in the medical, psychological, and the neuroscience fields. To this end, we continually seek relevant insightful articles that bring to attention new thinking on how best to promote continued health and disease prevention. As you review your own work and that of your laboratory, please keep in mind information that if you would like your colleagues in the division of Health and Wellness to be made aware of, you can share it with them in this developing publication. We have nothing but thanks for those who already have submitted their own work for this 2nd Edition. We hope that others will participate to ensure that this publication can further develop in its forthcoming 3rd Edition.

But first, Deputy Editor Dr. Lisa Miller and I thank the review teams of Science Associate Editor Dr. Kim Sibille of the University of Florida, and Best Clinical Practices/ Commentaries Associate Editor Dr. Elaine O’Brien, founder of Positive Fit Lab: Lifestyle Medicine and current co-Editor of MAPP Magazine. By careful reviewing the articles submitted, they were able to help each author refine their submissions for your reading. We also thank outgoing division Vice President, Alina Yarova and Communications Lead Manika Jain for their substantive involvement in this 2nd Edition. 

May we all learn and grow from our sharing.

My best to you all,

Frederick Brown, Ph.D.




In this issue

IPPA Health & Wellness Division President, Dr. Liana Lianov, MD.
Elaine O’Brien, PhD, MAPP
To introduce Health and Wellness division members to our new President, Dr. Liana Lianov, a leader in Lifestyle Medicine, this interview, conducted with her by Associate Editor, Dr. Elaine O’Brien, will be our first feature, and emphasizes the concept of “total well-being.”
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Character Strengths and Health: Practical Implications – Part 2
Ryan Niemiec, PsyD, Alina Yarova, MPH
This is a continuation of a paper presented in the First Edition of this publication.
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Race/ethnicity moderates the association between psychosocial resilience and movement-evoked pain in knee osteoarthritis (Extended Abstract)
Emily J. Bartley, Ph., et. al
The following extended abstract is of a multi-center study on the importance of understanding the psychosocial factors of race and ethnicity in promoting resilience for mitigating knee osteoarthritis pain.
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Broadening the Understanding of Resiliency in Chronic Pain (Abstract)
Emily J. Bartley, PhD, Michael E. Robinson, PhD, & Roger B. Fillingim, PhD
This study characterized ratings for several resilience measures in sixty 60-93 year-olds with chronic lower back pain, finding that psychological and pain resilience factors were significantly associated with depression, anxiety, and stress, but pain resilience contributed more to pain interference and physical function.
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The Efficacy of Multi-Component Positive Psychological Interventions (Expanded Abstract)
Hendriks, T. , Schotanus-Dijkstra, M. , Hassankhan, A. , de Jong, J. , & Bohlmeijer, E.
This expanded abstract describes the results of a meta-analysis of 50 studies conducted over 20 years on extent of effects of using multi-component positive psychology interventions (MPPIs) upon subjective and psychological well-being and depression.
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Hostility, Forgiveness, and Cognitive Impairment Over Ten Years in a National Sample of American Adults (Expanded Abstract)
Toussaint, L. L., Shields, G. S., Green, E., Kennedy, K., Travers, S., Slavich, G.
This study, using multiple regression analyses of self-forgiveness of 1,084 U.S. adults over 10 years, indicated that those with initial higher hostility levels developed more cognitive impairment over 10 years of the study, while being more self-forgiving appears to mitigate these effects, a capacity which might be developed as a learned intervention.
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Mapping the International and Measurement Landscapes of Positive Psychological Science (Commentary)
Stewart I. Donaldson, PhD
The following is a general review of several articles emanating from the Claremont Graduate University laboratory of Dr. Stewart Donaldson. Included are two extended abstracts of currently published articles, each of which cites a primary conclusion from numerous studies on a few selected topics. These include the scientific basis of positive psychological research, lack of research inclusiveness for females and gender orientation, the developing international generalization of positive psychological research, use and limitation of few scales within positive psychology research, and a proposed meta-analysis of positive psychology studies related to work issues.
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Two Announcements of Importance to Health and Wellness Division Members
Dr. Elaine O’Brien, Associate Editor
To conclude this Second Edition of our Chronicle of Advances on Positive Health and Well-Being, Dr. Elaine O’Brien, Associate Editor, brings to our attention two items worthy of note. The first is the availability of Dr. Sarah Pressman’s recent IPPA webinar, “Positive Emotions, Stress, and Health: What We Know and Future Directions.” The second is an interview published in MAPP Magazine 2019, Volume 2, with Dr. Lea Waters, recent IPPA President.
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