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Associate Professor, Centre for Positive Psychology, The University of Melbourne

Dr Peggy Kern is an associate professor at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education. Dr Kern received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University in the US, a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research is collaborative in nature and draws on a variety of methodologies to examine questions around who thrives in life and why, including: understanding and measuring healthy functioning, identifying individual and social factors impacting life trajectories, and systems informed approaches to wellbeing. She has published 3 books and over 85 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. You can find out more about Dr Kern’s work at


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne


  • 2010 
    University of California, Riverside, PhD