Professor Herb Marsh voted president-elect of IPPA

Published: Monday 10th August 2015


The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) has named ACU’s Professor Herb Marsh as its President-Elect at the organisation’s recent World Congress in Florida.

Professor Marsh was elected in part to enhance the international stature of IPPA, which is the peak international body of the world-wide positive psychology movement.

His new leadership position is in recognition of his role as an architect of ACU’s Institute for Positive Psychology and Education in Australia, his contributions for more than 20 years as Director of the International SELF Research Centre, and his international research program spanning Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America.

“I felt like I was warmly welcomed into a big extended family with lots of friendly people who are doing very interesting research,” Professor Marsh said.

“Also, I feel good about my association with IPPA as an organisation doing things that I am proud to be a part of. However, my new position is a six-year commitment with many expectations.”

IPPE research teams have been awarded over 70 Australian Research Council grants (including ARC Future Fellowship and DECRAs). Before gaining Institute status at ACU, IPPE was an established world-class research centre (founded by Professor Marsh in 1998). It is 4th ranked in ARC grants in Education, 1st in Indigenous Education (Behrendt, 2013)1 and the 7th ranked educational psychology program in the world (Smith et al, 2003)2.

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