Sierra Trudel, President
Sierra Trudel is a School Psychology graduate student at the University of Hartford and currently serves as a research assistant specializing in clinical supervision and assessment of children. Previously, Sierra worked for a yoga-based company as a regional training specialist in leadership development, powerfully setting goals, living mindfully, and cultivating a culture of integrity. Her goal in school psychology is to promote strengths-based assessment and adapt Quality of Life Therapy for a school setting. Sierra believes mentorship should be a positive and nurturing experience that encourages growth and change. Her goal as President is to create a program that is accessible to all, which promotes diversity and authenticity within the positive psychology community.
Alireza Memarian, Past-President
Alireza Memarian is the Director and Editor-In-Chief of the European Journal of Psychology & Educational Studies, Positive Psychology section representative for APA’s Counselling division across all Iranian universities and a global representative at International positive education network (IPEN). Alireza is a Ph.D. student working on his positive psychology thesis at Isfahan Azad University to raise and promote Positive Psychology initiatives within and outside of Iran.
He is passionate to promote Positive Psychology and Positive Education among university professors & students as well as to the public. His passion is working with academics to establish Positive Psychology Associations in the Middle East in cooperation with a wide range of psychologists.
Alireza’s knowledge of both eastern and western cultures, business strategy, positive psychology and education spans sixteen years. Working and training with different skills in Canada provided him with the proper tools and insight to organize and connect with students & researchers all over the world, to introduce positive psychology initiatives to them and also to reach his goals at SIPPA and IPPA.
Positive psychotherapy & resiliency studies are two of his favourite subjects for which he is currently working on. Alireza built networks like the “Iran Positive Psychology Network” and tries to gather all students interested in positive psychology and organize them. His activities are not limited to one country. He wants happiness and a good quality of life for everyone, all earth’s citizens.
Alireza Memarian believes that sharing knowledge related to positive psychology and networking with university students all over the world will be one of the most important foundations for SIPPA.
Alireza is passionate about connecting SIPPA to other positive psychology scientific organizations as well as connecting it to international organizations such as UNICEF & UNESCO!
“Think globally and act locally!”
Sarah Bourdeau, Mentoring Co-Chair
Sarah Bourdeau is a graduate student in industrial and organizational psychology at University of Quebec in Montreal. Her research focuses on motivation and passion for work, social influences and work-life balance. Specifically, her thesis will investigate the role of social norms with regards with the use of work-life policies. Sarah also volunteers for the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology as student representative, and for Mind Pad, as associate editor.
Heena Parbhu, Co-Chair, Student Speaker Series
Heena is undertaking a level 2 Counselling Skills qualification and enjoying every minute of it. She completed a BSc in Psychology at Brunel University and is continuing her development and education by completing a vast range of courses. She has worked with Macmillan, within NHS CAMHS and AHM settings and is beginning a new role in Private Mental Health settings. Through her education and roles, she has come to develop a true appreciation for Positive Psychology and its application in the field. Heena is hoping she will be able to raise awareness of IPPA and the benefits of Positive Psychology within the UK.
Alex Landry, Co-Chair, Student Speaker Series
Alex is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As the Conference and Special Events chair, he hopes to integrate positive psychology into the larger academic and mainstream communities. He researches optimal development and teaching of mindfulness interventions and self-regulation strategies at UCSB’s Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential. Alex is particularly interested in how the promise of a positive psychology can be integrated into contemporary pedagogy to enhance wellbeing and fulfillment in future generations.
Milad Hadchity, Regional Representative
Milad Hadchiti is people-oriented and has a passion for human potential. Through his 18 years of work as a radio and TV host, Milad has developed a profound interest in the fields of personal branding, coaching, and image consulting. He is the author of the best-selling book “365 for a Positive Life”, a daily guide to adopt a positive mindset. Recently, he produced a show entitled “the moment”, which embarks on the idea of spreading positivity. The content of the show includes techniques and guides on how to achieve positivity, as well as empowerment stories from guest stars. Milad is currently in the process of finishing his Masters in Science from the University of East London. He believes that with higher knowledge comes greater responsibilities. As a Certified Life Coach and Motivational Speaker, Milad energises and motivates his audience to think differently. Through humorous stories, refreshing insight, and latest techniques, he inspires people to make a positive change in their lives.
Monica Elvira Gutierrez Mesino, Regional Representative
Monica Elvira Gutierrez Mesino is a psychology student at Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia, UNAD, student researcher at Kaamash (UNAD’s Research hotbed group), freelance translator Spanish-English-Spanish since 1999. She has been working as Human Resources Coordinator in her family’s company since 1993. She completed a certification as Bilingual Executive Secretary since 1998 at Colombo Americano, French at Universidad del Atlantico.
As part of the company where she works, she received award on safety at work in 2015 from Insurance company Colpatria, a grant from the government to develop an Innovation Process. She is certified as Assistant on Innovation at GIM Institute (Gobal Innovation Management Institute, Boston, USA).
Monica has worked as freelance translator for several national e international organizations, including E3 Partners, formerly called Global Mission Fellowship.
Monica’s primary objective is to share well-being with other people, well-being that comes from exercising a purposed life based on the virtues and character strengths that are promoted in Positive Psychology.
Currently, Monica is working on her preliminary graduation project based on the development of virtues and character strengths in teachers at a middle school in Barranquilla’s area. Monica lives in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Cassandra Michael, Regional Representative
Cassandra is completing an MsC in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London and holds a Diploma of Personal Coaching from Kingstown College, Dublin. Leaving a career of 8 years in communications and marketing, she is currently running an active coaching practice with a focus on career transitions, stress management, self-compassion and authenticity. At the moment, she is carrying out her research project on how we can overcome our fears and live according to our authentic selves, by cultivating a heart centered approach through meditation.
Di-Anne Robin, Regional Representative
Di-Anne Robin is a graduate student at the University of East London (MSc in Applied Positive Psychology). Her research focuses on character strengths, mindfulness, self-efficacy and flourishing.
She hopes to bring the results of her study to families to help parents and children thrive.
Di-Anne is also a certified NLP coach and trainer and she incorporates positive psychology into her practice. In the fall of 2017, she led the first Action for Happiness course in Québec.