The International Positive Psychology Association is grateful to the Health Division Leadership Team for their capable stewardship and significant contributions to the field of positive health. Notable accomplishments include developing the division’s charter and presenting the Contributions in Positive Health Award at each World Congress.
President: Joel Milam, PhD
Professor Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
Department of Medicine, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Milam’s research includes identifying protective/resiliency factors that can improve behavioral and mental health. His current research projects reflect a wonderful, transdisciplinary group of researchers, clinicians, trainees, and patient advocates who are passionate about cancer survivorship issues among diverse young adult populations. He is currently Co-Leader of the Cancer Control Program at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
Past President: Liana Lianov
Dr. Liana Lianov chairs the Happiness Science and Positive Health (HSPH) Committee of American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), which convened the inaugural Summit on Happiness Science in Health Care in 2018 to address strategies for integrating positive psychology and well-being interventions into health care. Dr. Lianov is a leader in the international lifestyle medicine movement, including spearheading the development of lifestyle medicine core competencies for health providers by a national blue ribbon panel and serving as lead faculty for the first of its kind comprehensive lifestyle medicine curriculum. She is the vice-chair of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and a past president of ACLM and has served on the boards of both ACLM and the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). She continues to lead the expansion of lifestyle medicine, emphasizing the key role of positive psychology in the field. Previously, Dr. Lianov worked at the California Department of Health Services in a variety of public health and health care programs, including expansion of mental health services. She is board certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine and completed a psychiatry fellowship.
Secretary: Margarita Grueskin
Margarita Grueskin is a Lifestyle educator, speaker and coach. She has been studying yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda since 2004 and received certifications from the Chopra Center, The Kriya Yoga Institute, and The Himalayan Institute.
Margarita’s academic background includes a BA in Economics and a Masters in Urban Planning (M.U.R.P.), which guided her 15-year career as an Executive Consultant, working with KPMG, Andersen, and Ernst & Young. Her work with Fortune 500 companies and Community Development projects inspired her to move into the wellness field, and work to develop communities of practice, to support whole-person health and well-being.
Margarita is now focused on integrating ancient wisdom from Yoga and Ayurveda with modern theories from Logotherapy, Positive Psychology and Lifestyle Medicine. Margarita currently lives in San Antonio, TX with her husband and their two cats, Boris and Natasha.
Communications Lead: Manika Jain
Manika is a consultant and project manager with an educational background in psychology and neuroscience. She has worked in the academic, private and public sectors in varied industries, guiding industry experts to make critical and research based decisions. Her work has included research design, data collection, and analysis in academic settings; client and project management for Pharmaceutical and Biotech clients in the private sector; and analytical and creative problem solving while mediating between Government officials, implementing agencies and the Executive Committee at UNEP.
Manika holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University and a certificate in Business Strategy from Cornell University. She has a passion for psychology and behavioral neuroscience, and thirst to understand how these fields can lead to an improved lifestyle. Alongside her studies, she has worked in research laboratories at McGill University, Montreal’s Children’s Hospital and Douglas Mental Health University Institute to develop a strong understanding of varied research methods and disciplines within psychology (health psychology, learning and developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, etc.)