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Professor Lea Waters

Professor Lea Waters

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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).

Associate Professor Lindsay Oades

Associate Professor Lindsay Oades

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Director, Centre for Positive Psychology

Kathy Racunica

Kathy Racunica

Centre Manager

Dr Peggy Kern

Dr Peggy Kern

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Senior Lecturer

Dr Tan Chyuan Chin

Dr Tan Chyuan Chin

03 9035 8976

Research Fellow: Positive Students & Well-Being Profiler

Lara Mossman

Lara Mossman

Teaching Assistant & Social Media

Grace Fiore

Grace Fiore

Centre Coordinator

Dr Daniel Loton

Dr Daniel Loton

Research Fellow (Positive Parenting & Positive Education)

Amanda Ng

Amanda Ng

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Research Assistant (Positive Education)

Alexandra Johnston

Alexandra Johnston

Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant

Dr Kent Patrick

Dr Kent Patrick

03 9035 6153

Research Fellow (Wellbeing Profiler)

Research Associates and Affiliates

Associate Professor Adam Barsky

Associate Professor Adam Barsky

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor Lisa Phillips

Associate Professor Lisa Phillips

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Associate Professor Helen Cahill

Associate Professor Helen Cahill

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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.

Dr Helen Stokes

Dr Helen Stokes

03 8344 9646

Youth Research Centre

Dr Liz Freeman

Dr Liz Freeman

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Lecturer - MEd. (Student Wellbeing)

Desma Strong

Desma Strong

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Lecturer - MEd. (Student Wellbeing)

Vivienne Archdall

Vivienne Archdall

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Lecturer - MEd. (Student Wellbeing)

Annie Gowing

Annie Gowing

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Lecturer - MEd. (Student Wellbeing)

MGSE Fellows

Professor Roy Baumeister

Professor Roy Baumeister

Professorial Fellow

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

Dr Suzy Green

Honorary Fellow

Michelle McQuaid

Michelle McQuaid

Senior Honorary Fellow

Associate Professor Nikki Rickard

Associate Professor Nikki Rickard

Honorary Fellow

Mr Justin Robinson

Mr Justin Robinson

Honorary Fellow

Dr Sonia Sharp

Dr Sonia Sharp

Honorary Fellow

Associate Professor Mario Alvarez

Associate Professor Mario Alvarez

Honorary Fellow

Dr Justin Coulson

Dr Justin Coulson

Honorary Fellow

Associate Professor Michael Steger

Associate Professor Michael Steger

Honorary Principal Fellow

Professor Emeritus David Beswick

Professor Emeritus David Beswick

Principal Fellow

Dr Reuben Rusk

Dr Reuben Rusk

Honorary Fellow

Dr Margarita Tarragona

Dr Margarita Tarragona

Honorary Fellow

Dr Acacia Parks

Dr Acacia Parks

Honorary Fellow

Professor Christian van Nieuweburgh

Professor Christian van Nieuweburgh

Honorary Fellow