Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology
Professor Lea Waters (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is the Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
An internationally recognised expert in positive psychology and organisational change, Professor Waters holds affiliate positions with Cambridge University's Wellbeing Institute and the Centre for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan.
She is a registered psychologist (AHPRA), a full member of the College of Organisational Psychologists and received an Australian University Individual Teaching Excellence Award from the Prime Minister in 2007. Professor Waters is also an advisory board member for the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
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03 8344 9641 Professor Helen Cahill
Professor Cahill has a distinguished career and reputation both internationally and nationally in youth studies, education and teacher development.
She leads inter-disciplinary and multi-method research with a particular focus on the use of participatory methods to investigate youth wellbeing, sexuality, mental health, gender and youth leadership. She has authored many wellbeing education programs for use in Australian schools and community settings in the Asia-Pacific region. She leads a suite of research projects variously investigating resilience, social and emotional learning, and the prevention of gender-based violence. She has a strong research track record of competitive research grants and consultancies from a range of education, health and development stakeholders, including government departments, the private sector, and international NGO’s such as UNICEF, UNESCO, and UNFPA. Her work is characterized by the use of innovative and embodied participatory methods which position young people as co-creators of knowledge developed about how to serve their needs.
Professor Roy Baumeister
Professor Roy Baumeister is among the most prolific and most frequently cited psychologists in the world, with over 600 publications. A Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland, his 32 books include the New York Times bestseller Willpower.
His research covers self and identity, self-regulation, interpersonal rejection and the need to belong, sexuality and gender, aggression, self-esteem, meaning, consciousness, free will, and self-presentation. In 2013 he received the William James Fellow Award for lifetime achievement in psychological science - the Association for Psychological Science’s highest honour.
Dr Suzy Green
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Associate Professor Nikki Rickard
Mr Justin Robinson
Dr Sonia Sharp
Associate Professor Mario Alvarez
Dr Justin Coulson
Professor Michael Steger
Honorary Principal Fellow
Professor Emeritus David Beswick
Dr Reuben Rusk
Dr Margarita Tarragona
Dr Acacia Parks
Professor Christian van Nieuweburgh