Dr Acacia Parks: Leveraging technology to improve the wellbeing of the world

Theatre Q230, Level 2, Kwong Lee Dow Building Melbourne Graduate School of Education, 234 Queensberry St, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010


Ample research shows the benefits of happiness for personal wellbeing, as well as workplace wellbeing and physical health. Dr Acacia Parks will provide an overview of some of these benefits, including the idea of happiness as “contagious,” then talk about cutting-edge work using technology to improve wellbeing at schools, in workplaces and in the general public. She will also discuss the potential of wearable health-tracking technology to explore the intersection of psychological wellbeing with physical variables like sleep, heart rate variability, and physical exercise.

Dr Acacia Parks will also talk about implications of this research for preventing and treating mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia, as well as health problems such as nicotine addiction and chronic pain.

Dr Acacia Parks is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Hiram College and Chief Scientist at Happify, a New York-based startup company that spreads the science of happiness to the general public.