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 and beyond. 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

WPPA Conference –  Since 2014

Celebrating the science of well-being, happiness, and flourishing for individuals, groups and organizations, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) plus University of New Mexico (2024) hosts the WPPA’s Annual Conferences featuring positive psychology researchers and applied practitioners.  Positive psychology leaders keynote our conferences including Martin Seligman, Ph.D. (2014), Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D. (2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), Robert Vallerand, Ph.D. (2020), Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. (2021), Lea Waters, Ph.D. (2021), Kim Cameron, Ph.D. (2021), and Fred Luthans, Ph.D. (2022),   Our conferences bring together faculty, students, practitioners, and our growing community to share the latest innovations in positive psychology research and applications.  Expanding an emerging forefront on the importance of relationships, co-experienced positive emotions, mindset in well-being and health, and individual and community support in organizations, be sure to save the date for our upcoming 8th WPPA Conference in Albequerque, New Mexico  March 22-24, 2024.  WPPA also hosts regular online roundtable public Community of Practice (CoP) events throughout the year.  Recordings of past WPPA Conference presentations and past Community of Practice (CoP) meetings can be found on our Past Events page.  For more information about our upcoming WPPA 2024 conference  and Community of Practice (CoP), and please visit  WPPA Upcoming Events.





You may learn more about our past 2014, 2017, and 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 WPPA Academic Conferences on our WPPA Past Events page with links to conference photos and videos.