I am a senior lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology within the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education. I was originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology. I received a BA in Psychology from Arizona State University, with minors in Spanish and Communication. I earned a Masters and PhD in social/ personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, with 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 incorporate a lifespan perspective, innovative methodologies and interdisciplinary collaboration.
I have published over 70 articles and chapters and two books. I actively translate my research for organisations and lay audiences, bridging gaps between research and practice. I have given talks around the world and developed several wellbeing measures. For details on my research and projects, see my research page.
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 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.
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The Secret to Satisfaction: Is everything we’ve been told about happiness wrong?Free Public Lecture
PsychTalks For years, the concept of happiness and wellbeing has been popularised, monetised and exploited. But still we strive as a society for that elusive opportunity to be ‘truly happy’. Rates of mental illness are on the rise and now repres...PresentersAssociate Professor Brock BastianDr Peggy Kern Lynne Malcolm Jill StarkProfessor Mark Wooden
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