Welcome to my website!
I am an associate professor at the Centre for Wellbeing Science within the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education. I received a BA in Psychology from Arizona State University, with minors in Spanish and Communication, a Masters and PhD in social/ personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and received additional postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania.
My research draws on multiple fields of inquiry, including health, positive, social, personality, and developmental psychology, and public health to address the question of thriving across the lifespan. I focus on understanding, measuring, and supporting wellbeing across the lifespan. I work with schools and workplaces to examine strategies for supporting wellbeing, and bridging gaps between research and practice.
I have published 3 books, over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and the new, freely available Palgrave Handbook of Positive Education. I actively work to bridge gaps between research and practice. For details on my research and projects, see my research page, along with the many articles and chapters I have published (see my publications). I have given talks around the world (see my presentations) and developed several freely available wellbeing measures (see my questionnaires).
I strive to live out a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy being active - running, cycling, and other outdoor activities. I have enjoyed periods of competition, including winning the 2008 Charlottesville Marathon and numerous smaller races, and completing the Ballarat half Ironman in 2016. I am now enjoying simply being active and experiencing the world around me.
Take a few minutes to learn more about my research, teaching, and other interests through the links at the top of this page.