Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology, Centre for Wellbeing Science, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Centre for Wellbeing Science at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is a registered psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Health Psychologists. She is also trained in sport psychology and coaching and is a Harnisch Researcher, having received funding from the Institute of Coaching at Harvard University. Dianne is the inaugural Director of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Melbourne ,and she founded the Positive Psychology Network in Australia. She is a Fellow of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).

Dianne’s research interests include the development and evaluation of well-being programs particularly for young people in schools and for those in high performance environments. She adopts the latest technological innovations, co-design methods and biological indices to measure and promote wellbeing. She has a special interest in using biofeedback and coaching approaches to enhance wellbeing and optimize performance.

Dianne has been involved in the development of numerous well-being measures and programs including the Wuzzup app, MoodPrism, Bio-Dash and the Wellbeing Profiler and has over 100 publications. She recently published a chapter on “Demonstrating the value of workplace Positive Psychology Coaching using robust measures” in the book Positive Psychology Coaching in the Workplace.