Executive Team

Stewart I. Donaldson

Director & Co-Founder

Stewart I. Donaldson is a distinguished university professor, the executive director of the university’s Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC), and the director of The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI).  He is deeply committed to improving lives through research, evaluation, and education.  Professor Donaldson works with students on a wide range of topics across several fields and programs at CGU, including the science of positive psychology, positive organizational psychology, and program design and evaluation.  Click here to see full bio.

Shari Young Kuchenbecker

Associate Director & Co-Founder

Shari Young Kuchenbecker earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Studies from UCLA and B.A  from  Stanford University including research and work at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School. Conducting studies with UCLA Lab School, Stanford Cap and Gown, and elsewhere, her research colleagues spread across the Western Region including UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and UCLA.  She is the Director of R.W. Research, Inc., a private organization focused on collaborative research, education, and facilitating individual flourishing as well as in families and organizations via research supported pro-active interventions.

Dr. Kuchenbecker’s interests include lifelong pro-social skills and well-being, empathy, cognitive-emotional regulation, pro-social actions, development through sports, and helping people discover individual can-do attitudes and behaviors (self-efficacy) and together as a community (collective efficacy).  Presenting with Albert Bandura and Phil Zimbardo at APA 2020 and at WPA 2020, she shares their commitment to taking action enlisting and empowering the power of youth for climate change and increasing eco-friendly behaviors drawing upon Social Cognitive Theory and psychosocial means to accomplish needed changes.

Everyday Speak:

“When the going gets tough, we need our friends!”  Nature gives us oxytocin cascades helping us reach out, tend-befriend-and-nurture together.

Science Speak:

Her team’s newest research offers resilience insight!  Stress profoundly impacts our health and well-being, but nature’s allostatic plan includes our own body’s armor “when the going gets tough.” Oxytocin’s anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), healing, positive emotion, and analgesic effects support social connection and survival across life counterbalance cortisol’s mobilization during stress – to help us do what we need to do – when it needs to be done.  Her team’s research support that women’s collective stress experiences are buffered by a synchronous oxytocin surge enhancing social cognitive accuracy, stress reduction, and collective efficacy (STRESS, 2021).

Team Members

WPPA Program Coordinator – Victoria Cabrera (CGU)

WPPA Faculty at Large  – Giacomo Bono (CSU Dominguez Hills)

WPPA Ambassador Program Coordinator – Hannah Lucas (Krebs) (CGU)

Media Coordinator – Shari Young Kuchenbecker (WPPA)

WPPA Student Ambassador – Rachelle (Chelley) Webb (Cal Poly Pomona)

WPPA Student Ambassador – Omar Gomez (CSU Dominguez Hills)

Website and Technology Consultant – Daniel Wolcott Pugh (Chapman University)

Social Media Volunteer – Sarah Kawai (Chapman University)

Recruitment Leader – Chantel Zimmerman

Recruitment Leader – Georgianna Garrells (CSU Dominguez Hills)

Recruitment Leader – Monique Turner (CSU Dominguez Hills)

Student Representative – Brendan Everett (Chapman University)

Student Representative – Susan Mangan (CGU)

Student Volunteer – Yacov Aviv (CGU)

Student Volunteer – Jared Celniker (Chapman University, UC Irvine)

Student Volunteer – Martha Rivera (Chapman University)

Student Volunteer – Sophia Silva (CGU)