A collaborative community of scholars

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The Western Positive Psychology Association is dedicated to creating a collaborative scientific community of faculty, students, and scholars to advance and support an academic agenda in the field of positive psychology.

The vision of the Western Positive Psychology Association is to promote an influential and sustainable academic presence of positive psychology in the western region of the United States. WPPA encourages teaching, scientific research, interdisciplinary collaborative investigations and dissemination of knowledge in positive psychology and strongly supports the professional development of positive psychology faculty and students.

Established in 2013, WPPA brings together the scientific community of faculty, students, and scholars to share their latest rigorous, evidence-based empirical research in the science of happiness, excellence and optimal human functioning.

WPPA Annual Academic Conference

Next WPPA Conference –  January 25th, 2020

Celebrating the science of well-being, happiness, and flourishing for individuals, groups and organizations, Claremont Graduate University (CGU), again will host WPPA’s 5th Conference.  Our WPPA 2020 conference will bring together faculty, students, practitioners, and our growing community to share the latest innovations in positive psychology research.  Expanding an emerging forefront, “Other People Matter,” and honoring Chris Peterson, one of Positive Psychology’s leaders, be sure to save the date for this important upcoming event.   At our 3rd WPPA Conference, we enjoyed a spontaneous Yoga session, an evidence-based application of Positive Psychology with wound healing, mood, and physiological benefits first investigated by Janice Kiecolt-Glaser . For more information about our upcoming conference, please visit  WPPA Upcoming Events.

You may learn more about our past 2014, 2017, and 2018 WPPA Academic Conferences on our WPPA Past Events page with links to conference photos and videos.