Dr Kate Hefferon PhD

Senior Lecturer/Co-Programme Leader, MAPP UEL

This summer held one of the busiest conference seasons for positive psychology to date. The 6th European Positive Psychology Conference took place in Moscow, Russia, from June 26th-29th, whilst Toronto Canada held two positive psychology related conferences, including: the Inaugural Canadian Positive Psychology Association Conference from July 20th- 21st and the 7th International Conference in Meaning, from July 26th-29th.

Not only did we get to meet and network with fellow peers who were interested and working in positive psychology, for students and lecturers alike, the summer was our time to get our heads down and write; write about what we believe in, what we are passionate about and what we hope will make a small difference, somewhere, somehow to someone.

This end of summer edition of PPQ features the MAPP contribution of alumni, staff and current students to these conferences at the summer Positive psychology conferences. We also have great articles written by prolific writer Nick Brown and a wonderful review of London positive psychology seminars by Vera Hegarty. In addition to all this, we have two book reviews of current (Dr. Roan Hart) and former (Bridget Grenville Cleave) MAPP UEL students. Finally, we have cause for celebration within the MAPP community with news of Laura McInerney (Cohort 3) and her Fulbright scholarship! Please check out each section for details on all of the above.

As we continue with the project that is PPQ, we hope to develop a more structured and systematic approach to disseminating all things positive psychology. Further to this growth, we are excited to announce that the editorial team is expanding! Cherrelle Gayle (MSc.) is a former UEL student who originally interned on MAPP four years ago. Cherrelle has maintained a passion for the area and we are so happy to have her on board at PPQ.

Finally, we are slowly gaining a broader readership interest and if you would like to help be part of the editorial team, or know of anyone who might be interested, please let us know and we can get the next edition better than ever!

We hope you had a safe and happy summer,



INTRODUCTION BY DR. KATE HEFFERON  with abstracts by individual authors

Several MAPP students, lecturers, guest lectures and collaborators travelled from around the world to Moscow and Toronto this summer to present their work to the scientific community. This feature will showcase the abstracts that were accepted to the conferences as well as the individuals attending. Some provided additional information surrounding their reasons for attending, such as:

  • Why they were keen to attend the conference;
  • What they were looking forward to most and
  • What they hoped to get out of the conference
Read Article: Events in Moscow Read Article: Events in Toronto


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Laura McInerney, alumnus from the University of East London has received a Postgraduate Scholars Fulbright Award to enable her to study for a PhD at the University of Missouri on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.


Created by treaty in 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright programme conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.

Laura McInerney studied PPE at Oxford University. After working for two years at KPMG, she joined TeachFirst and has taught in challenging East London schools for the past six years. She received the 2008 TeachFirst Excellence Award for inspiring students to reach for outstanding achievements and has since served on advisory boards to the Department of Education and the Labour Party. While teaching, Laura completed an Open University MA in Social Science and an MSc in Positive Psychology from the University of East London. She is a contributor to the upcoming ‘Oxford Handbook of Happiness’ and the author of ‘Six Predictable Failures of Free Schools…and How to Avoid Them’. As a Fulbright scholar, Laura will study for a PhD in Education Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri.

Commenting on receiving the Award, Laura said: “It has been a lifelong dream to study for a PhD and to be able to do so on a scholarship associated with so many Nobel prize winners and Heads of State is simply incredible. There is no way I would have had the confidence to study abroad without the support of Fulbright, it is a life changing opportunity.”

The Fulbright Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

Nearly 300,000 extraordinary women and men from all over the world have had their lives changed as participants in the Fulbright Programme. Of these alumni, approximately 15,000 UK nationals have studied in the US and 12,000 US nationals in the UK on Fulbright educational exchange programmes.

Notable alumni of the US-UK Commission include: Malcolm Bradbury, novelist; Liam Byrne, politician; Milton Friedman, economist and Nobel Prize Winner 1976; Charles Kennedy, politician; John Lithgow, actor; Tarik O’Regan, composer; Sylvia Plath, poet; Lord William Wallace, politician; Ian Rankin, novelist; Sir Christopher Rose QC, judge; Baroness (Shirley) Williams, politician; Vanessa Heaney, journalist BBC World Service; and Toby Young, journalist and playwright.

The Commission is funded partially by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK and the US Department of State, with additional support coming from a variety of individual and institutional partners including many leading UK universities and an annual contribution from the Scottish Government.

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