About the Executive Committee

1)   The Executive Committee’s responsibilities include:

(a)    Formulating policies;

(b)   Acting on the behalf of SIPPA in accordance with the SIPPA Constitution; and

(c)    Providing all administrative oversight and directions as needed.

2)   The Chair, Chair-Elect, and Past-Chair will serve for one year.

3)   The Communications Representative, Membership & Recruitment Representative, and Conference Planning Representative will serve for a two-year term.

4) Executive committee members should complete their term prior to graduation.

Patricia Groß, President

Patricia is a 5th year cognitive science student at the University of Osnabrück (Germany). One day, Patricia stumbled upon the science of well-being, and that was the start of her interest and passion in positive psychology. She is keen to learn and read all she can about positive psychology topics, particularly those about well-being. She is fascinated by learning ways to understand and pursue well-being.

Lisa Kamsickas, Immediate Past President

Lisa Kamsickas recently joined KLA as a recruiting coordinator on the university relations team. Prior to this role, she was involved in research with children with brain cancer at the University of Michigan. She is a master’s graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied how to increase positive emotion and how positive emotion can buffer against negative effects of stress. Though a Detroit native, she earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.


Marie Seberg Primdahl

Marie is a master student in the research program in Psychology at UiT, the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. The research program includes one year where students are fully committed to conducting their research project, while taking PhD-courses, followed by doing research part-time once regular studies are resumed. Her research has so far investigated possible down-sides to positivity in problem-solving situations, and has included themes like performance, effort, wellbeing, mental fatigue and self-esteem. She holds a Bachelor in Psychology from UiT, and studied Philosophy for one year at the University of Agder.

Tania Bello Remole, Strategy & Operations Lead

Tania is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at William James College in Massachusetts, USA. Tania’s objective for graduate studies in psychology is to acquire the skills necessary to treat behavioral health issues through an integrative lens. Her clinical interests include the science of well-being, health and behavioral medicine, dialectical behavioral therapy, and trauma-informed care. She is also interested in working with populations with multicultural differences, having been raised by a Peruvian mother and Belgian father. Before returning to graduate school, Tania worked within the pharmaceutical industry where she held roles in human resources, portfolio leadership, and business operations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fordham University in New York.

Annika Richter, Career and Professional Development Series Lead

Annika is a 4th-year cognitive science student at the University of Osnabrück (Germany). When she first heard about positive psychology approaches to the science of well-being, she was fascinated, by the approach of shifting the focus towards the positive aspects. She is keen to read a lot and learn as much as possible, especially in the field of positive psychology and positive neuroscience. She is particularly interested in the social aspects of well-being and fascinated by to possibilities of positive psychology to help others.