• Dianne Vella-Brodrick (PhD) is an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia and adjunct in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University. She is also the Director of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program which is part of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Dianne is a registered psychologist and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society. She founded the Positive Psychology Network in Australia and is Secretary of the International Positive Psychology Association and Chair of the IPPA Membership Committee. Dianne is an Editor in Chief of the Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice journal and has been a Director of the 2008 and 2010 Australian positive psychology conferences and the forthcoming conference in 2014. She has published widely, presents regularly at conferences and has received over 1.5 million dollars of research funding. She serves on numerous research advisory boards, regularly reviews scientific papers for leading journals and has examined over 20 research dissertations. Dianne’s research interests include the development and evaluation of well-being programs, particularly in the areas of positive education and workplace well-being. She specialises in innovative mixed method designs which utilise the latest technology, with a special focus on young people. She also integrates ethical and professional practice issues in much of her work and has extensive experience with scale development and psychometric testing.



    Member of

    • International Positive Psychology Association. positive psychology membership 2008 -
    • Australian Psychological Society. national psychology membership 1990 -


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    Education and training

    • PhD, Monash University 1999
    • MA, Monash University 1995
    • Grad Dip Psych, Chisholm Institute of TAFE 1990
    • BA, Chisholm Institute of TAFE 1989



    Available for supervision

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    Supervision Statement

    • Dianne is available to supervise RHD students, particularly PhD students.  Her areas of interest include the evaluation of positive psychology and well-being programs using multi-level approaches such as Experience Sampling through mobile technology, psychophysiological indicies, on-line surveys and focus groups.  She is particularly interested in the mental health and well-being of young people and promotes a systems approach to well-being programs including teacher, peer and parent involvement.  Dianne also has an interest in the effects of the natural environment and physical activity on well-being and the factors that contribute to more accurate forecasting of well-being.

      Dianne promotes a stimulating research experience with opportunities to connect to real world projects.  A supportive team environment is fostered whereby researchers and other HDR students are encouraged to work collaboratively in sharing ideas, networking and participating in relevant events and activities.

      Students interested in undertaking a research higher degree under the supervision of Dianne, should email her and include copies of academic transcripts, research interests, whether the enrolment will be part time or full time, whether a scholarship is needed and details of other work-related commitments.