Psychology Prof Invited to Present Findings at Ippa

DUBAI, May 14, 2017 - Dr. Louise Lambert, Associate Professor of Psychology at Canadian University Dubai and author of “A New Year, A New You: 52 Strategies for a Happier Life” has been invited to present her research findings, and head a symposium, at the world’s largest positive psychology congress, The International Positive Psychology Association’s (IPPA) 5th  World Congress.

The event will take place from July 13-16, 2017 in Montreal, Canada, and will feature presentations from world leaders in the area of positive psychology, such as Dr. Martin Seligman, author of “Authentic Happiness”, Barbara Fredrickson, author of “Love 2.0” and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of “The Evolving Self” will also be presenting.

Dr. Louise’s research centres on the conclusion of a two-year research project she conducted at Canadian University Dubai, wherein she tested the effectiveness of positive psychology intervention on over 130 students. Not only did these interventions show gains in wellbeing from the beginning of the program to the end but also on follow-up tests three months later when compared to a control group consisting of another 120 students that did not receive the intervention program. Specifically increases were observed in measures of satisfaction with life, positive affect, and a sense of eudaimonic wellbeing (a focus on meaning and purpose versus a singular focus on positive emotion).

Dr. Louise’s research was also the first to document that a reduction in fear, as well as belief in the fragility of happiness, was possible.

“This research is of particular importance to the Middle East as several studies have shown that there are cultural and religious beliefs that may prevent individuals from fully embracing an approach to happiness,” says Dr. Louise. “To the extent that many believe that expressing happiness invites jealousy, upsets social harmony, or can even bring on disaster. In Islamic cultures, the expression of happiness is further believed to tempt fate and call forth the evil eye, and thought to make individuals appear less serious, mature and responsible, as well as facilitating a path to sin. That these beliefs can be modified through the teaching and implementation of positive psychology concepts and strategies is a first in the field.”

Dr. Louise recently discussed the implications of her findings as well as directions for the field of positive psychology in the region as keynote speaker at the Second Eurasian Congress on Positive Psychology held in Istanbul, Turkey in May.