Tackling the significant issues of our time through positive psychology

This program aims to produce high-quality empirical research on the factors that allows humans to flourish and, in so doing, contribute to their community and society at large. The program includes research with a focus on interventions and randomized control trials as well as the use of cutting edge statistical methods applied to large-scale longitudinal or cross-country survey data. A major focus is on adolescence and development in context with a particular focus on education. The development of new statistical approaches to better address questions of human flourishing is also a major aim of the program.

Program Leader


Professor Philip Parker 

BA, BA (Hons), PGradCert, PhD
Deputy Director, IPPE

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Deputy Program Leader


Dr Baljinder Sahdra 

BA (Hons), MARTSPhil, GradDipCogSci, PhD
Deputy Program Lead

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Our research streams


Australian Centre for Indigenous Thriving

ACIT’s purpose is to enable Indigenous children, youth and communities to, not just succeed, but thrive.

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Positive Psychology

This research steam explores the factors that allow humans to flourish and to contribute to their community and society.

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Motivation and Behaviour

This program focuses focused on understanding human motivation and behaviour for the promotion of human wellness.

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North Sydney NSW 2060

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PO Box 968
North Sydney NSW 2059