Lea Waters, Ph.D.

Lea Waters, Ph.D., is President of the International Positive Psychology Association, is on the Positive Education Committee of the Global Happiness Council and is the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is a world expert in well-being and holds an affiliate position with Cambridge University's Well-being Institute (UK) and the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan (USA). Waters is the Founding Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, was listed in the Top 100 Women of Influence by The Australian Financial Review and is listed in the Whose Who of Australian Women. She has also served as a consultant to a wide range of corporations and businesses across the world. Waters lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, Matthew Scholes; her son, Nicholas; and her daughter, Emily.


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