Our Mission

The mission of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology (NZAPP) is to promote the science and practice of positive psychology and its research-based applications, and to foster communication and collaboration among researchers, practitioners, teachers, and students around New Zealand and across disciplines who are interested in positive psychology.

Our History

The NZAPP was founded in May of 2008. Currently NZAPP has over 2100 members.

Executive Committee

Assoc. Prof. Robert Isler

Robert B Isler has completed his PhD in the mid-1980s at the Swiss Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland before he moved to New Zealand with his family. Currently, Robert is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato at the School of Psychology. He has produced substantial research output in Applied Cognitive Psychology of human factors/performance and road safety. He is the founder of eDrive Solutions Ltd. (www.fleetcoach.com) and is involved in creating new and online driver training programs involving award winning evidence-based behavioural change interventions. Instead of focusing on skills deficits, his approach seeks to support and enhance factors related to human strengths and resilience such as self-regulation and reflection. These are protective factors against risky behaviour - by enhancing good mental health and wellbeing.

President; Conference 2020 Committee Lead

Paul Tupou-Vea

A social scientist at heart, Paul has developed youth development programmes for AUT and community organisations. Of late he has led wellbeing education at Dilworth School and is now assisting other schools and organisations on their wellbeing journeys as director of Clifftop Wellbeing. Paul is passionate about assisting thriving both through system(s) design and individual capacity building. He has completed the requirements for the MAPP at the University of Melbourne in 2018, and is supported by his wife, Asha, and two sons aged five and six.

Vice President (President-elect); Cultural Advisor; Conference 2020 Deputy Lead

Dr Annick Janson

Dr. Annick Janson is a clinical psychologist and an Associate at the Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research, Victoria University of Wellington. She co-developed the evidence-based Now and Next award-winning positive parenting program and Pictability, a visioning and planning game based on prospection theory, rooted in strength-based approaches. Designed to grow collective capacity, these programs are now implemented in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Finland and launching in Europe. Her research focuses on the impact of collective leadership on organisational and societal paradigms through wellbeing, empowerment and hope. She represented New Zealand as the recipient of a Gallup International Positive Psychology Fellowship. Her research is published in peer-reviewed publications and industry reports. Her previous positions were Inaugural Research Director, New Zealand Leadership Institute, University of Auckland Business School and Research Director, Microsoft New Zealand.

Vice President; Communication Lead & Editor; Membership Lead

Eryn Campbell

I am currently studying psychology at the University of Waikato, with a focus on Positive Psychology. My current research project is looking at positive emotions and pain management. I lived with chronic pain for seven years and Positive Psychology is what got me through this difficult period. I hope to go forward from here into the Clinical Programme, to be able to practice Positive Psychology and promote its benefits to other practitioners. I am looking forward to helping Positive Psychology in New Zealand spread its wings and take off.

Treasurer; Secretary; Conference 2020 Committee; Student Representatives Committee

Freda Wells

To come.

Communications Lead & Editor

Dr Dan Weijers

Dr Dan Weijers, a philosopher at the University of Waikato, researches ethics and wellbeing, often from an interdisciplinary perspective. Dan is a founding Co-Editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, an Editorial Advisory Board member for the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion, and a member of the Expert Group of the Global Happiness Organization. Dan has provided input on issues relating to conceptualising and measuring wellbeing to the New Zealand Treasury, Statistics New Zealand, the United Nations, and the first World Happiness Report. Dan’s wellbeing research has been published in philosophy, psychology, politics, public policy, economics, and interdisciplinary books and journals.

Conference 2020 Committee

Prof. Paul Jose

Prof Paul Jose received his PhD in developmental psychology from Yale University in 1980. After 18 years teaching at Loyola University Chicago he came to Victoria University of Wellington (soon to be called University of Wellington) in 2001. He contributes positive psychology lectures to Introductory Psychology, and coordinates and teaches research methods and statistics as well. His research programme is principally focused on positive psychology at present, and he has published papers in the Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, and the International Journal of Wellbeing.

Conference 2020 Committee

Dr Maree Roche

Dr Maree Roche is currently Convenor of Organisational Psychology, School of Psychology and Co-Director of the Leadership Unit for New Zealand Institute of Business Research, Waikato Management School. Maree’s research and consultancy spans three clusters of positive psychology that intersect. These are (1) positive leadership psychology (2) employee wellbeing /positive psychology at work and (3) cross cultural and indigenous, particularly Māori leadership and employee wellbeing, from a Māori /kaupapa perspective. These clusters can be examined separately however they are connected themes. For example, in examining Leadership, Maree has examined how leaders positive psychological resources are contagious in organisations, and impact positively on employee wellbeing at work. Largely her work examines Self Determination Theory, Mindfulness and Psychological Capital of Leaders and Employees. Maree’s research has highlighted to international audiences, the value of understanding and resourcing, psychologically, leaders and the importance of this for employees and organisations as they navigate today’s complex and difficult business environments.

Conference 2020 Committee

Annalise Roache

Annalise is a positive psychology practitioner who is passionate about bringing
positive psychology to life through coaching. She is one of the lead authors of the
Ethical Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practice, the first such guidelines for our
field. In 2017 Annalise gained a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology and
Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP) from the University of East London) where she
conducted an expressive writing randomised control trial exploring memory recall
and coaching prompts to ameliorate wellbeing and depression. In 2018 Annalise
commenced her PhD studies at Auckland University of Technology upon receiving a
Vice Chancellors Doctoral scholarship, her research explores Lay Theories of
Wellbeing in New Zealand Adults. The research is uncovering some interesting
similarities and differences to common wellbeing theory.
She holds the position of Student Development Co-Lead for the International
Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) Student Division (SIPPA). The role oversees
and delivers the Career and Professional Development Webinar Series, which aims
to support career development by asking leaders in Positive Psychology ‘what can
we learn from those who have gone before us?’. The webinar series is a popular
offering for students and the wider IPPA community of life‐long learners.

Conference 2020 Committee; Student Representatives Committee; Member at large

Dr Aaron Jarden

Associate Professor Aaron Jarden is Director of the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. He is a wellbeing consultant, social entrepreneur, has multiple qualifications in philosophy, computing, education, and psychology, and is a prolific author and presenter. He has previously been a Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University, and Head of Research at the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). He is past president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, also co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, and Senior Scientist for Work on Wellbeing amongst others.

Council of Advisors (not part of the executive); Past President

Alison Ogier-Price

Alison works with the executive and management of organisations in New Zealand to assist in building a best-practice and best-fit culture of well-being and employee engagement for the good health and sustainability of organisations, teams and individuals. Alison has 15 years experience as a corporate project manager and 18 years as a mental health consultant specialising in workplace well-being programmes including education, group and individual coaching, health and safety compliance and support, and ongoing assessment. Alison closely follows the progress of academic research in the area of Positive Psychology in order to apply science-based principles in practical and engaging ways to grow and sustain the wellbeing of organisations nationwide.

Council of Advisors (Not part of the executive)

Dr Lucy Hone

Dr Lucy Hone is a director of the NZ Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience and a research associate at AUT University. She’s had her work published internationally in several leading academic journals. She is asked to write regularly for the Sunday Star Times and Psychology Today on resilience and wellbeing, and her best-selling book, Resilient Grieving, is now published in NZ, Australia, the US and the UK. Most of her time is taken up supporting schools to build whole-school wellbeing and resilience.

Council of Advisors (not part of the executive)

Dr Denise Quinlan

Dr Denise Quinlan is a director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience and an adjunct Professor at IE University’s Business School, Madrid. She contributes to the development of wellbeing in education and the workplace through her research, programme development and face-to-face consulting and training. Her primary interest is the effective translation of research into practical, appropriate strategies for education and the workplace. Longstanding school collaborations and decades of work in management assessment and development give Denise a deep understanding of the contextual challenges in implementing wellbeing initiatives.

Council of Advisors (not part of the executive)

Dr Erica Chadwick

Erica is both a practitioner and a scientist. Clinically, she has worked for a range of mental health services including community mental health, child development, inpatient, department of corrections, and PHO; and since 2015, she has run her own private practice. During her clinical training, she earned a PhD in positive psychology from Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in the areas of human development, savouring, and hedonic and eudaimonic wellbeing (i.e., flourishing—or—complete mental health). Erica works with individuals on a range of goals; from those wanting to alleviate significant distress (e.g., trauma, depression, anxiety, and emotional, behavioural and functional difficulties) to those wanting a sustainable mental boost to their otherwise healthy wellbeing. She sees young to older adults and also provides pre-treatment, assessment and treatment for ACC sensitive claims. The foundation of her practitioner approach is a person-centred application of evidence-based Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Positive Psychology. Erica is originally from the USA and has lived in New Zealand with her Kiwi husband since 2003. They have three boys that they are raising through childhood and early adolescence. Her favourite sport is snowboarding and she enjoys getting stuck into hobbies like sewing and gardening.

Council of Advisors (not part of the executive)

Indu Senarath

Indunil finds contributing to organisational & community development projects especially in health, well-being and public safety very meaningful. With an MA in I/O psychology, Massey University, Indu's career spans for over 10 years in HR- L & D and recruitment in commercial,local government and rolling out a mental health project in a PHO. She loves to spend her leisure time at the swimming pool, yoga, explore nature, participate in dance/musicals and play table tennis, badminton.

Council of Advisors (not part of the executive)

Dr Tamlin Conner

Dr Tamlin Conner is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago (PhD, Boston College, USA). She conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of psychology, nutrition, and health, and currently leads several projects on the nutritional foundations of well-being. She is a past-attendee of the Positive Psychology Summer Institute and an expert in real-time survey methods to measure mood, such as experience sampling and daily diary research.

Council of Advisors (not part of the executive)

Joanna Barnes

To come.

Conference 2020 Committee Second Lead

Camille Reid

To come.

Conference 2020 Committee; Student Representatives Committee

Sharon Hudson

To come.

Member at large

Tina Berryman-Kamp

To come.

Member at large

Tom Eats

To come.

Member at large

Anja Helyer

To come.

Member at large

Carsten Grimm

To come.

Council of Advisors (not part of the executive)

Fiona Howard

To come.

Council of advisors (not part of the executive)


The NZAPP cordially thanks its main sponsors and contributors for their support.


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