United Arab Emirates University, UAE
Dr Louise Lambert, Editor of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology; Capacity Building and Training Development Lead with the Emirates Center for Happiness Research, Assistant Professor at the United Arab Emirates University (UAE).
Abstract: From Bhutan, the first nation to devise wellbeing indicators as a benchmark for progress in the 1970’s, to the announcement of a Minister of Happiness in the United Arab Emirates in 2016, the move towards greater global wellbeing is growing at a rapid pace. Most recently, this move has witnessed the development of the Emirates Center for Happiness Research at the UAEU (UAE), and the first dedicated positive psychology symposium where the Positive Psychology and Wellbeing lab (Effat University, Jeddah, KSA) was also launched. These developments, among many across the Middle East region, are not only promising for the continued development of regional wellbeing research from which we can learn about the contributing factors to a life well lived, they can also inspire the development of a regional positive psychology that incorporates aspects of culture and religion, as well as issues of national development. In this panel, multiple guest speakers discuss, explore and push the envelope of the next necessary steps to developing a regional positive psychology. We also explore what projects and activities are currently underway, as well as future aims. Finally, we conclude with some of the barriers to making these a reality and how these can be addressed as a positive psychology community.
Dr. Louise Lambert, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. +971 55 724 8175, Al Ain, UAE
Dr. Louise Lambert, PhD., is a Registered Psychologist (Canada) with 20 years’ experience in counselling centres, mental health, not-for-profit organizations, higher education, and primary healthcare organizations. She is currently teaching the first Happiness and Wellbeing class at the UAEU. She also conducts research and develops positive psychology intervention programs, many of which have been used in the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. She is currently working on the publication of the Middle East’s first positive psychology handbook (Springer, 2019). She is also the Founder and Editor of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, a journal dedicated to uncovering human excellence in the Middle East region.