Professor Lea Waters (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne. She is the President-Elect of IPPA (International Positive Psychology Association), and the founding director of the Positive Psychology Centre at the University of Melbourne. Lea is a registered psychologist with AHPRA and has been a member of the Australian psychological Society for 23 years.
As PESA Ambassador, Lea brings to the Association decades of experience at the forefront of Positive Psychology research and practice, spanning across the business, not-for-profit, welfare, retail, education, local Government and health sectors. Indeed, her name has become synonymous with Positive Psychology in Australia and beyond.
Lea’s passion for Positive Education has seen her lead positive change projects in over 100 schools across Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Lea is an internationally acclaimed thought leader and advocate for Positive Education and avidly supports PESA’s mission. Her Positive Education program, ‘Positive Detective’, is being used in schools in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Finland, Ghana, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Her Visible Wellbeing initiative is being run in schools across Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria in both the State and Independent Education systems.
Professor Waters featured in the ABC TV documentary Revolution School, is a columnist on psychology and parenting for the Guardian newspaper, and is regularly featured in the press and on radio. Her TEDx talk focuses on how we can spread positive messages through social media.
Her book ‘The Strength Switch: Using the new science of strength-based parenting to help you and your child flourish’ will be published by Penguin Press in June 2017.
Professor Waters says, “It’s an honour to be the Ambassador for PESA and support the fruitful work that this association is doing to bring wellbeing to all schools across Australia.”
PESA is grateful for Lea’s insightful and practical contribution to the Association.