Dr Denise Quinlan specialises in the science of well-being. She has published in international journals and book chapters on topics of positive psychology, resilience and well-being. She is the developer of the Awesome Us strengths programme, successfully tested in NZ schools. Awesome Us has been shown to enhance a range of important outcomes: student well-being, engagement for learning, relatedness, and class climate. She has worked with schools in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. She has a long-term relationship with the Te Wai Pounamu Well-being Cluster, a group of primary and intermediate schools working together to support student and staff well-being in their schools since 2008.
Denise has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a PhD focused on well-being in education from the University of Otago, Dunedin. She has worked with Professor Martin Seligman and Dr Karen Reivich delivering training in resilience and well-being in the UK and Australia. Denise has developed interactive programmes for people from 8-80 years to teach them to enhance their own well-being. Her three-day retreat programme, What To Do Next, has been described as ‘life-changing’. She enjoys making courses relevant, practical and fun for everyone in the room. She values laughter and honesty in her work and believes in growth and change are always possible and kindness is always worthwhile.
Married with two teenagers and a dog, Denise enjoys meaningful discussions with people, endless cups of tea, and a good laugh.
Great Collaborators, Colleagues & Researchers
Work is more exciting, innovative and creative when we share ideas and perspectives. My work is all the richer for collaborating with these experts in well-being research, training, and development.
Dr Tayyab Rashid
Dr Tayyab Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada. Dr Rashid’s expertise includes positive clinical psychology, strength-based resilience, post-traumatic growth, multicultural psychotherapy and positive education. He developed and empirically validated positive psychotherapy (PPT) at the University of Pennsylvania with Prof Martin Seligman, a world leader in positive psychology. Dr Rashid and his colleagues have recently developed Strengths-Based Resilience, a programme to support well-being and resilience in high school students. He has also developed an award-winning well-being programme for first-year students at the University of Toronto.
Learn more about Dr Rashid’s work at http://www.tayyabrashid.com/
Dr Nicola Swain
Dr Nicola Swain is an internationally published author on pain management and a co-founder of Living Well, which uses mindfulness and positive psychology to support people with chronic illness and pain. Her research at the University of Otago focuses on mindfulness techniques for well-being and pain. She also develops programmes to assist health sector caregivers manage difficult client interactions. She teaches psychological techniques for stress management and resilience to medical students Nicola is rated amongst the top teachers in her University Department. Read more about her work: http://www.otago.ac.nz/dsm/people/expertise/profile/?id=807
Sue Langley, Growing Great Schools and the Langley Group
Sue Langley is CEO of the Sydney-based Langley Group, and co-founder, with Dr Sue Roffey, of Growing Great Schools. Sue creates engaging and inspiring programmes for audiences world-wide that bring alive the science of well-being. Growing Great Schools is a collaboration between leading researchers and practitioners, offering international expertise in positive psychology, education and leadership. It offers a positive approach to education designed to foster wellbeing in students, staff and the community. Read more about their work at: http://growinggreatschools.com.au/
Dr Aaron Jarden
Dr Aaron Jarden is an internationally published well-being researcher and lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology. He is president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, and Senior Scientist for two web-based well-being assessment services, Work on Wellbeing and Assessing Wellbeing in Education. Aaron’s creativity and drive to get things done are legendary and inspire many of us to action. Learn more about his work at http://www.aaronjarden.com/