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Science for Scientists

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 9.00 AM - 4:30 PM

FORMAT:  Keynote speakers, flashtalks, Group questions and discussion, posters, and networking lunch and drinks

LOCATION: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre | Meeting Room 218

IDEAL AUDIENCE: Scientists that want to get inspired by other scientist on the latest state of the art methods, scientific breakthroughs, and best practices.

Advancing the Science of Positive Psychology


Science for Scientists Day supports IPPA’s mission to help build research skills and networks for our scientists. The Day aims to introduce the audience to a range of experts across different methods, support interdisciplinary dialogue, and ensure that early career scientists get good value from the Congress. 

3 learning objectives:

  1. Get updated with the latest findings in the field of PP

  2. Learn about the opportunities and value of large international collaborations

  3. Gain insight in the latest application of big data including social media data, sensor data, and genetic data

What to be involved in the program? Register for the workshop for an invitation to submit a flash talk about the main findings of your research project.


Science for Scientist Day WCPP2019

Advancing the Science of Positive Psychology

18th of July 2019



Science for Scientists Day supports IPPA’s mission to help build research skills and networks for our scientists. The Day aims to introduce the audience to a range of experts across different methods, support interdisciplinary dialogue, and ensure that early career scientists get good value from the Congress. 



09.00-09.15     Barb Fredrickson – Welcome and opening

09.15-09:45     Keynote #1: Meike Bartels on biology, including genetics and gene expression

09:45-10:00     Group questions and discussion on incorporating biological aspects into studies, implications for PP research

10:00-10:30     Three-5-minute Flash talks (3 x + discussion)  

                        Bart Baselmans, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL

                        Tarli Young, University of Queensland, AU

                        Anna Belykh,  the Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcalam, M                

10:30-11:00    Morning Tea, Networking

11:00-11:30     Keynote #2: Sarah MedlandENIGMA network and related work

11:30-11.45     Group questions and discussion on meta-analysis, interdisciplinary collaboration, implication for PP research

11:45-12.15     Keynote #3: Peggy Kern – big data/ linguistic analysis from social media & other sources

12:15-12:30     Group questions and discussion on big data approaches, implication for PP research 

12.30-13:30    Lunch, Networking

13:30-14.00     Keynote #4: Stephen Schueller- technology assisted behavioural & psychological interventions

14:00-14:15     Group questions and discussion on using apps for interventions and measurement

14:15-14:45     Three 5-minute Flash talks (3 x + discussion)

                        Margot van de Weijer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL

                        Kim Cameron, University of Michigan, USA

                        Peter Kyriakoulis, Swinburne University of Technology, AU     

14:45-15:15     Summary, integration, and call to action by Neil Lutsky

15:15-16:30:   Drinks, networking

Workshop Leaders

Peggy Kern   University of Melbourne,

Peggy Kern
University of Melbourne,

Dr Peggy Kern is an associate professor at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Dr Kern received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University, a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published 2 books and over 70 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. She received the IPPA Early Career Researcher award in 2017 and is the founder and president of the IPPA education division. Her research is collaborative in nature and draws on a variety of methodologies, including big data, integrative data analysis, and mixed methods to examine questions around who thrives in life and why, including: (a) understanding and measuring healthy functioning, (b) identifying individual and social factors impacting life trajectories, and (c) systems informed approaches to wellbeing.

Meike Bartels   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Meike Bartels
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Professor Meike Bartels – Biology and Positive Psychology

Prof Bartels is University Research Chair Professor in Genetics and Well-being at the Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journal including the first molecular genetic evidence for well-being in PNAS, the first genomic variant for well-being in Nature Genetics, and evidence for differential gene expression in the hippocampal formation in Nature Genetics. She was awarded a prestigious European Research Council Consolidator grant to build, expand and consolidate her line of research on Genetics and Well-being. She is the president-elect of the Behavior Genetics Associations and recipient of international awards (include the status of Fellow of IPPA in 2017). In 2016 she was elected as one of the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands. She conducts and supervises several research projects to gain sight into the underlying sources of variation on Well-being.


Sarah Medland   QIMR BERGHOFER, Australia

Sarah Medland

Barbara Fredrickson   University of North Carolina, USA

Barbara Fredrickson
University of North Carolina, USA

Stephen Schueller   University of California, USA

Stephen Schueller
University of California, USA

Neil Lutsky   Carleton College, USA

Neil Lutsky
Carleton College, USA

Prof Sarah Medland – Large scale international collaborations; The ENIGMA Project

Professor Sarah Medland is the Coordinator of the Mental Health Research Program and Head of the Psychiatric Genetics Group at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane (Australia). Following her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Psychology, she completed her PhD in Genetic Epidemiology (2006) and undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. She is a regular faculty member at the International Workshop on Methodology of Twin and Family Studies in Boulder, Colorado. Sarah and her group work on a wide range of traits including substance use, cognition, personality, morphological traits, women’s health and imaging genetics. She chairs the genetics working group within the Enhancing Neuro-Imaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) consortium and is an active member of the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium (contributing analyses within the ADHD, Autism and Anorexia groups).


Dr Barbara L. Fredrickson is Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (PEP Lab) at UNC-Chapel Hill, Founding Co-Chair of the Association of Positive Emotion Laboratories (APEL), and Immediate Past President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). Among the most highly cited scholars in psychology, Barbara Fredrickson is most known for her “broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions,” foundational within Positive Psychology for providing a blueprint for how pleasant emotional states, as fleeting as they are, contribute to resilience, wellbeing, and health.


Assistant Professor Stephen Schueller, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. His work focuses on making mental health services more accessible and available through technologies. This work lies at the intersection of psychology, human-computer interaction, and implementation science. His research has explored the development, deployment, and evaluation of technologies to promote well-being and to treat and prevent mental health issues. He is the Executive Director of PsyberGuide, a project that identifies and disseminates unbiased information about the effectiveness and usefulness of digital tools for mental health. In his work, he has explored the use of technology-based resources in diverse contexts and populations including in clinical settings as adjuncts for clinical treatment of depression, with middle-school children, and with homeless youth. He has received Rising Star Awards from the Association for Psychological Science and the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions. He has served as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Positive Psychology and edited The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions. 

Professor Neil Lutsky holds the Kenan Chair in Psychology at Carleton College (USA), where he has taught since 1974. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. Lutsky has taught at Stanford University and the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. In 2015 and 2017, he served as Visiting Professor at Ashoka University in India, where he helped to found the university’s psychology department. Lutsky was the recipient of the 2011 American Psychological Foundation’s Charles Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. Lutsky directs Carleton’s Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge project (QuIRK), which was supported by the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and Keck Foundation to promote education in quantitative reasoning across the curriculum. He also chairs the Association for Psychological Science’s Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science. His publications have addressed the teaching of psychology, quantitative reasoning, obedience to authority, social cognition, and the psychology of endings. Lutsky is an avid if slow cyclist but a quicker table tennis competitor. He has won a blue ribbon for jams at the Minnesota State Fair and two Car Talk Puzzlers but failed in his ambition to crack The New Yorker’s Caption Contest.