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Congress Mobile App

Download the World Congress App to access the latest information on the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology!  You can flag sessions of interest, view floorplans, read abstracts and search for speakers by name.  Best of all, it’s accessible from all devices with an internet browser: smartphones, tablets and laptops. You can download the app for free by searching the app store, visiting this link: or scanning the barcode below. You can also create your own personalized itinerary by marking sessions as favorites within the app or by creating an account within the online planner.  Visit the online planner and choose “sign in” in the upper left menu.  From there, select “create an account” if you haven’t already.  Once your account is created, you can flag sessions to create your own itinerary.


The Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology will begin with the Opening Plenary Session on Thursday, July 13th at 6:00 PM EST and end with the Closing Plenary Session on Sunday, July 16th at 12:00 PM EST. A preliminary schedule is listed below and you can view the full program here.


Thursday, July 13

09:00 – 17:00  Pre-Congress Sessions (separate registration required)
18:00- 20:00  Welcome and Opening Plenary Session
20:00 – 21:30  Opening Dessert Reception in Exhibit Hall

Friday, July 14

08:00 – 09:15  Plenary Session 2
09:45 – 12:00  Breakout Sessions
12:00 – 13:30  Interest Group Lunch in Exhibit Hall (box lunch provided)
13:30 – 14:30  Breakout Sessions
14:30 – 15:30  Poster Session I
15:30 – 16:30  Breakout Sessions
16:30 – 18:45  Awards Ceremony and Plenary Session 3

Saturday, July 15

08:00 – 09:15  Plenary Session 4
09:30 – 12:00  Breakout Sessions
12:00 – 13:30  Lunch in Exhibit Hall (box lunch provided)
13:30 – 14:30  Breakout Sessions
14:30 – 15:30  Poster Session II
15:30 – 16:30  Breakout Sessions
16:30 – 18:30  Plenary Session 5
18:30 – 20:00  Closing Reception featuring Cirque Eloize

Sunday, July 16

08:00 – 09:15  Plenary Session 6
09:30 – 12:00  Breakouts
12:00 – 13:00  Closing Plenary Session


Special 10th Anniversary Fundraiser:  Help Our Students “Rock On!”

Artwork reproduced with permission from Live Happy magazine October 2013 issue, illustrated by Bill Cahalan

Artwork reproduced with permission from Live Happy magazine October 2013 issue, illustrated by Bill Cahalan 

Depicted from Top, L to R:  Martin Seligman, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ed Diener, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Bottom: Barbara Fredrickson.














IPPA turns 10 this year!  To celebrate, we are hosting a fundraiser to support our students’ professional development: the future of Positive Psychology will be chiseled by their ideas and efforts.

The raffle tickets you buy provide funds to support IPPA’s continuing efforts to make the World Congress accessible to students worldwide.  Each $10 raffle ticket gives you one chance, in a random drawing, to be treated to a “foodie” dinner hosted by one of these promontory thinkers. Each of the five dinners will have three winners chosen, and all dinners will be held during the World Congress in Montreal on Friday evening, July 14th, 2017.

Ed Diener sends his regrets for missing the 2017 World Congress.  We are blessed, though, to have David Cooperrider as a stand-in “rock climber,” joining Marty Seligman, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Barbara Fredrickson in supporting our students.

Please join the fun knowing that 100% of funds raised will support low and waived student registration fees for the Congress.

Come purchase your raffle tickets onsite starting July 12th!

Improv HQ

This year, we have a particular treat in store for our attendees.  Zoe & Betsy of Improv HQ will be leading transitional improvisational moments between speakers, bringing a new style of levity and entertainment to the celebration that is the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology!

About Improv HQ

Zoe Galvez and Betsy Crouch, Co-Founders of ImprovHQ, help leaders and organizations develop effective communication, exceptional collaboration and engaged cultures through the principles of improvisation. They deliver workshops, keynotes, and executive coaching programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. From physician leadership at Kaiser Permanente, to team building at Google, their leading edge programs create lasting impact.

Zoe Galvez

ZOE GALVEZ, Co-Founder of Improv HQ, is one of the most beloved instructors of improvisation in the Bay Area and beyond. She has introduced thousands of clients to the magic of improv. With over a dozen years of coaching and performance experience, she is a long time member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA) as well as a Main Stage company member of the nationally-acclaimed BATS Improv in San Francisco where she performs regularly. She is a pioneer in bringing improvisational theater to the world of business.

Betsy Crouch

BETSY CROUCH, Co-Founder of Improv HQ, is an experienced coach, consultant, and improviser. She has been inspiring peak performance through sales management, coaching and consulting for over 10 years. Betsy is a Life and Business Coach and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. She has conducted approximately 5,000 one on one coaching sessions. Betsy’s purpose is to help people identify what makes them come alive and thrive.

Networking & Social Events

In addition to a full-line up of educational programming, the Fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology offers opportunities to network and socialize with other registrants from around the world.  Full Congress registration includes admission to:

  • Opening Dessert Reception on Thursday, July 13th
  • Lunch on Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th in the Exhibit Hall
  • Closing Reception featuring Cirque Eloize on Saturday, July 15th

Friday evening is an open night so that attendees can gather on their own.

Don’t miss Saturday night’s closing reception featuring Cirque Éloize!


A driving force in the circus art reinvention movement, Cirque Éloize has been creating award-winning entertainment content for nearly 25 years and ranks among the world’s leading contemporary circuses. Its productions are crafted for a wide range of audiences and have been embraced by over 50 cultures. In the last 23 years, Cirque Éloize’s 11 shows have proudly boasted more than 4,000 times in over 500 cities and have been seen by over 3 million spectators. In addition to its touring shows, more than 1,400 private events have taken place worldwide. To date, Cirque Éloize has taken part in numerous prestigious international festivals and has seduced both New York’s Broadway and London’s West End.

Invited Program

Pre-Congress Speakers Plenary Speakers Invited Speakers Division Activities Full Online Congress Program


Thank You to Our Reviewers

IPPA Leadership and the World Congress Planning Team would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the following individuals for donating their time and expertise to assist the Program Committee in reviewing proposals.  As a growing organization, IPPA relies on the generosity of its members and volunteers.  We would like to thank the following individuals for helping us make this World Congress program the strongest yet!

All program inquiries should be directed to

Practice Review Committee

Co-Chairs:  Leona Brandwene and Lisa Sansom

Martin Benny, PhD
Kathryn Britton
Andreas Cabezas Corcione, PhD
Dan Collinson, MS
Jennifer Cory
Jordana Cole, MAPP
Saraid Doherty, MA
Rotem Elinav, MA
Sonya Lucia Flessati, PhD
Andrea  Goeglein, PhD
Diana Goliss, MA
Erin Hearn
Maria Hennessy, PhD
Stacie Hoffmeister
Lucy Hone, PhD
Claudio Ibanez, MA
Garrison Kitchen, MAPP
Len Kling, MA
Lisa LeGrow, JD, MAPP
Judith Lissing
Tracy Litchfield
Lesley Lyle, MS
Michelle Nemec, PhD
Ruth Pearce
Streit Philip, PhD
Tayyab   Rashid, PhD
Denise Riebman, MA
Lori Rothstein, MA
Chiara Ruini, PhD
Angus Skinner, MA
Kunal Sood, MA
Margarita Tarragona, PhD
Dan Tomasulo, PhD
Emily van Sonnenberg
Angela Weaver,  PhD
Nina Lee Webster, PhD
Mathew White, PhD
Kimberly Wimmer-Totty, MAPP
Darrah Wolfe, MA

Research Review Committee

Chair:  Acacia Parks, PhD

Tajudeen Abiola
Carrie Adair, PhD
Miki Akiyama, PhD
Sara Algoe
Debora R. Baldwin, PhD
Rosalinda Ballesteros, PhD
Jennifer Barenz, MS
Bart Baselmans
Naomi EstherBlake, PhD
Ernst Bohlmeijer, PhD
Kate Brookie, BA
Frederick Brown, PhD
Lahnna  Catalino, PhD
Yen-Ping Chang
Rajneesh Choubisa, PhD
Jennifer Coons, MA
Mike Corcoran, MA
Marie Crothers   PhD
Jesus Alfonso D. Datu
Orin Davis, PhD
Lunthita M. Duthely, PsyD
Jane Dutton
Yuna Ferguson, Ph.D
Orhan Ferhat Yarar, PhD
Matthew Gallagher, PhD
Fabian Gander, PhD
Kirsty Gardiner
Anne-Sophie Gousse-Lessard, PhD
Frederick Grouzet, PhD
Kevin A. Harmon, MA
Intan Hashim, PhD
Afton Hassett, PsyD
David Emmanuel Hatier, PhD
Maria Hennessy, PhD
Rocio Hernandez-Pozo, PhD
Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD
Nick Holton, PhD
Ryan Howard, PhD
Ryan Howell
Lauren Howell
Zan Isgett
Sophie Janicke, PhD
Santhosh K R, PhD
Scott Barry Kaufman
Karl Kelley, PhD
Peggy Kern, PhD
Kristin Koetting O’Byrne, PhD
Marlena Kossakowska, PhD
Sylvia Kwok, PhD
Shiri Lavy, PhD
Kari Leibowitz
Alex Leung, BA
Mark Liston, PhD
Jessica Londei-Shortall, PhD
Dan Loton, PhD
Paula Loveday
Brett Major, MA
Judith Mangelsdorf, MA
Denise  Martins Dametto
Brae Anne McArthur, PhD
Joel Mikels
Joel Milam, PhD
Travis Miller, MA
Christopher Myers, PhD
Maeve O’Donnell, MS
Rhea Owens, PhD
Louiza Paraskevopoulou, MS
Corinna Peifer, PhD
Maria Luisa Plasencia, PhD
Yanick Provost Savard, BS
Cynthia Pury, PhD
Julia Revord, BA
Elise Rice, PhD
Catherine Riordan, PhD
Paula, Robinson, PhD
Marei Salama-Younes, PhD
Mary-Ann Saltstone, PhD
Chris Sanders
Marijke Schotanus-Dijkstra, PhD
Moji Shahvali, MA
Yerin Shim, PhD
Kim Sibille, PhD
Kamlesh Singh, PhD
Gavin Slemp
Amy Szarkowski , PhD
Naghmeh Taghva, PhD
Milla Titova, MA
Hester Trompetter, PhD
Eli Tsukayama, PhD
Michele Tugade
Patty Van Cappellen, PhD
Ruut Veenhoven, PhD
Lisa Wagner, MS
Dana Wanzer, MA
Christian Waugh, PhD
Shelly Welker, PhD
Mieke Witsel, PhD
Monica Worline, PhD
Bob Xie, MA
Shari Young Kuchenbecker, PhD