University of Melbourne, Australia
Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick (PhD) is a Professor and Deputy Director at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is also Head of Research and the inaugural Director of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (2013 – 2015) at the Centre for Positive Psychology. Dianne is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Health Psychologists, and an inaugural Editor in Chief of the Psychology of Well-Being journal (2011-2016). She has served as Treasurer and Secretary of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and is currently on the IPPA Council of Advisors. Dianne founded the Australian Positive Psychology Network and has co-directed three Australian Positive Psychology and Well-being conferences. Her work is well published in scientific journals and she has received 2.8 million dollars of funding including three Australian Research Council grants. She has worked with not for profit organisations, schools from all sectors, community services and large commercial organisations to assess and promote well-being for all. She is especially interested in enhancing the well-being of individuals and groups by working in partnership with them to listen to their experiences, understand their needs and co-create well-being programs that consider the whole person and the complex system in which they interact. Dianne’s methods are diverse and include the latest technological advances for health promotion and building resilience. She also integrates ethical and professional practice issues in much of her work and has extensive experience with scale development.