• To promote the science of positive psychology and its research-based applications.
  • To facilitate collaboration among researchers, teachers, students, and practitioners of positive psychology around the world and across academic disciplines.
  • To share the findings of positive psychology with the broadest possible audience.

IPPA advances the science of positive psychology through its programming, opportunities for scholars and direct support of basic and applied research conferences.
IPPA programming adheres to rigorous standards and represents the very best levels of current knowledge.
IPPA members who are interested in the latest positive psychology science – theory, basic research and applied research- can access this information through a number of ways:

Visit the Virtual Learning Library – A growing collection of more than 200 recorded presentations and slide decks with references that cover basic science, applied science and evidence-based interventions spanning a variety of positive psychology topics. All presentations have been vetted and consist of the highest caliber presentations from all five past World Congress conferences, select regional positive psychology conferences and IPPA’s invited Positive Psychology Leader Series.

Attend a Positive Psychology leader Series webinar – A regular webinar series featuring live presentations or interviews with leading researchers and practitioners, Audience members are able to ask questions directly of the presenters and receive a bibliography of all research covered in the webinar. All webinars are recorded and made available to members online after the event.

Attend the Sixth World Congress on Positive Psychology – This biennial three-day conference features more than 100 invited scientist presentations and an accepted program with fourteen tracks for attendees to learn about the latest basic and applied science and tested interventions in the field. IPPA members receive a significant discount on the Congress registration fee.

Read a Division publication(s) – IPPA’s professional divisions are micro-communities within our broader IPPA membership, where scholars and practitioners can connect to learn, collaborate on research or the design of evidence-based interventions and share knowledge. Three of IPPA’s divisions produce bi-annual peer-reviewed publications. Click below to read sample issues.

Positive Work and Organizations: Research and Practice

The Chronicle of Advances in Positive Health and Well-being

Positive Clinical Psychology: An International Perspective

Find colleagues, research briefs and resources in the IPPA Engage member community – IPPA’s new online community connects members in real time, year-round, to keep the momentum going in between in-person conferences. Members can post or respond to questions on the discussion boards, find and email colleagues through the member directory, and share or access resources such as survey tools, data sets, research briefs (and more!) in the member repository.

Access peer-reviewed journals and research institutes:
As an IPPA member, you will enjoy a discount on an individual subscription to the Journal of Positive Psychology. IPPA members also receive a discount on the “Happy” membership level at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley.

Support basic research:
On an application basis, IPPA provides financial support to select basic research conferences throughout the year. Learn more about the research IPPA supported through the Society for Affective Science and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology.

Watch the Work and Organizations Division’s Digests and Dialogue Series – Within IPPA Divisions, members have opportunities to volunteer on projects that sometimes result in new educational resources for members. One example is the “Digests and Dialogue Series” that features short one-pagers describing a concept related to positive organizational scholarship, and a brief recorded conversation between a researcher and a practitioner who is applying his or her work.

Learn about the Early Career Researcher Award –
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. Nominations will be accepted for a period of time and the award will be presented at the Sixth World Congress on Positive Psychology.