A/PROF Peggy Kern

A/PROF Peggy Kern


  • Health psychology (Psychosocial influences, lifespan approach, healthy life trajectories)
  • Methodology (measurement, statistical analysis, mixed methods, meta-analysis, big data)
  • Personality psychology (Conscientiousness, social media, well-being)
  • Positive psychology (Well-being measurement, PERMA, adolescent well-being, workplace well-being, whole school wellbeing)



  • Dr Peggy Kern is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Dr Kern received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University, a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Her research is collaborative in nature and draws on a variety of methodologies and interdisciplinary perspectives to examine questions around who flourishes in life and why. More specifically, her research focuses on several related areas: (a) understanding and measuring healthy functioning, (b) evaluating sophisticated theories of psychosocial processes underlying health over time, (c) big data approaches to psychological study, and (d) whole school approaches to wellbeing.   


Member of

  • International Positive Psychology Association. Member 2015 -
  • Association for Research in Personality. Member 2011 -
  • American Psychological Association, divisions 5, 35, 38. Member 2010 -
  • Association for Psychological Science. Member 2010 -
  • Gerontological Society of America. Member 2007 -
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Member 2006 -
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine. Member 2008 - 2011
  • Western Psychological Association. Member 2005 - 2009


Selected publications



Education and training

  • Ph.D., University of California - Riverside 2010
  • M.A., University of California - Riverside 2006
  • B.A., Arizona State University 2004

Awards and honors

  • Mid-Career Research Excellence Award, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, 2018
  • Early Career Researcher Award, International Positive Psychology Association, 2017
  • Advanced Leadership Program, National Excellence in Educational Leadership Initiative, 2016
  • Early Career Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science, 2015
  • Poster Citation Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2011
  • Chancellors Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2008
  • Deans Fellowship Award, University of California, Riverside, 2004



Available for supervision

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