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 Academic Conferences

Most Recent:  The Next Generation of Positive Psychology Research

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Celebrating the science of well-being, happiness, and flourishing for individuals, groups and organizations, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) hosted the 3rd Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) Conference.  Our exciting program featured presentations by leading researchers including Jeanne Nakamura and her students, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and his students, newest methods, and creating many opportunities to collaborate within and across institutions.

For more information about what is new in our community, visit  WPPA Upcoming Events.

You may learn more about our past 2014, 2017, and 2018 WPPA Academic Conferences on our WPPA Past Events page.

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Jason Siegel, Jeanne Nakamura, Giacomo Bono, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Stewart Donaldson, Kendall Cotton Bronk, Jennifer Pedrotti, Meghana Rao, Becky Reichard

View photos from our 1st WPPA Academic Conference in 2014 here .

View photos from our 2nd WPPA Academic Conference 2017 here.

View event photos from our 3rd WPPA Academic Conference 2018 here and opening & closing professional photos here .