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Professor Lea Waters
Internationally recognised expert in Positive Psychology specialising in positive parenting, education and organisations, University of Melbourne

Professor Lea Waters (PhD) is a psychologist, researcher, speaker and author who specialises in, positive parenting, positive organisations and positive education. She was listed as one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Financial Review and Westpac Bank (2015).

Professor Waters has been a researcher at the University of Melbourne for 20 years and is the first Australian to be appointed as a Professor in Positive Psychology. She currently holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne and was the founding Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne (2009-2016). Professor Waters is the President Elect of the International Positive Psychology Association, has affiliate positions with Cambridge University and University of Michigan. She has been listed in the Marques ‘Who’s Who in the World’ since 2009 and has published over 90 scientific articles and book chapters.

A gifted teacher and facilitator, Lea has been awarded International and National Teaching Awards including the Management Educator of the Year (2004) by the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management and two National Teaching Excellence Awards from the Australian Government (2008, 2011). Professor Waters featured in the ABC TV documentary Revolution School and is regularly featured in the newspaper and on radio. Her TEDx talk focuses on how we can spread positive messages through social media.

Her Positive Education program, called ‘Positive Detective’, is being used in schools in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Finland, Ghana, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore Australia, and New Zealand. Her Visible Wellbeing initiative is being run in schools across Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria in both the State and Independent Education systems.

Her book ‘The Strength Switch: Using the new science of strength-based parenting to help you and your child flourish’ will be published by Penguin Press mid-year in 2017.

You can stay connected with Lea via:
Twitter @ProfLeaWaters
Instagram @ProfLeaWaters
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