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 Positive Psychology at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is the inaugural Director of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (2013 – 2015) and is a registered psychologist and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Health Psychologists. She founded the Positive Psychology Network in Australia and has served as Treasurer and Secretary of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and is currently on the IPPA Council of Advisors. Dianne has been an inaugural Editor in Chief of the Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice journal (2011-2016) and has Co-Directed the 2008, 2010 and 2014 Australian positive psychology and well-being conferences. She serves on numerous research advisory boards, regularly reviews scientific papers for leading journals and has received around $3 million funding for her research. Dianne’s research interests include the development and evaluation of well-being programs, particularly in the areas of positive education and performance optimisation. She specialises in innovative mixed method designs which utilise the latest technology, experience sampling method and biological indices of well-being. Her research has a special focus on young people. She also integrates ethical and professional practice issues in much of her work and is currently the Ethics Chair at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Dianne also has extensive experience with scale development and psychometric testing having been involved in the development of numerous well-being measures including the Wuzzup app, MoodPrism and Wellbeing Profiler.
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.