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Lea Waters

Professor
Melbourne Graduate School Of Education
social sciences
psychology
psychology, multidisciplinary
positive psychology
psychology, applied
impact
life satisfaction
health
self-esteem
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Prof

Lea Waters

 
Division
Melbourne Graduate School Of Education
 
Primary Interest
Corporate Training
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Prof

Lea Waters

 

Professor Lea Waters AM, PhD, is the Founding Director and Inaugural Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne where she has held an academic position for 24 years. Lea holds affiliate positions at Cambridge University’s Well-being Institute and the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations.

She also holds a position on the Science Board of The University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Professor Waters has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific publications and has been awarded academic prizes for research excellence by the American Academy of Management and Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. In 2015, Professor Waters was listed as one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Financial Review and Westpac bank. In 2020 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia by the Governor General for her long term leadership in in the Mental Health sector. This is one of Australia's highest civilian honours. Professor Waters is committed to spreading the science of positive psychology and consults widely to schools, workplaces and family association across the globe. She is regularly featured on TV and radio, including Morning Dose (The CW, USA), Revolution School (ABC, Australia), Matter of Fact (ABC, Australia), Destination Happiness (Channel Nine, Australia), Today Extra (Channel Nine, Australia), National Nightly News (Channel Ten, Australia), The Project (TV3, New Zealand), The Café (NZTV, New Zealand), Breakfast (NZTV, New Zealand). Lea's work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Globe, and The Guardian. Her book, 'The Strength Switch' was the top release on Amazon in the parenting category and was listed in Top reads for 2017 by Berkeley University’s Greater Good Science Centre. It is being translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Hungarian, Arabic, Spanish, French and Russian. Lea is Immediate Past President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) (2017-2019) and was the Chair of the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology. She is currently a Board member of IPPA, the Patron for Flourishing Education Japan and the Ambassador for Positive Education Schools Association Australia. Lea has been a researcher at the University of Melbourne for 24 years and has consulted to schools and companies across the globe on employee wellbeing and student mental health.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 106 most recent scholarly works by Lea Waters.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2020

Member of the Order of Australia


2011

Melbourne Graduate School of Education Teaching Excellence Award

2008

Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne, Dean�s Certificate for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching

2007

Australian Universities teaching Excellence Award. Law, Economics and Business category

2005

Dean's Certificate for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Faculty of Economics and Commerce, The University of Melbourne

2005

Dean's Certificate for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching

Faculty of Economics and Commerce, The University of Melbourne

2004

Edward Brown University Teaching Award

University of Melbourne

2004

Dean's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching

Faculty of Economics and Commerce, The University of Melbourne

2004

Best Paper Award at Annual Meeting (with Muller, J.)

American Academy of Management (Career's Division)

2004

Awarded 'Management Educator of the Year'

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

2002

Dean's Individual Award for Innovation in Teaching

Faculty of Economics and Commerce, The University of Melbourne

2001

Dean's Individual Award for Good Teaching and Innovation

Faculty of Economics and Commerce, The University of Melbourne

2000

Dean's Award of Good Teaching

Faculty of Economics and Commerce, The University of Melbourne

2000

Best Paper based on a dissertation

American Academy of Management (Career's Division)

1999

Isi Liebler Prize - Best PhD in the area of Community Relations

Deakin University

1999

Dean's Award of Good Teaching

Faculty of Economics and Commerce, The University of Melbourne

1994

Australian Postgraduate Research Award

Deakin University

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Professor

Melbourne Graduate School Of Education

Member

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Full Member

Australian Psychological Society

Full Member

College of Organisational Psychology

Full Member

American Academy of Management

Vice President

Work/Life Association

Registered Psychologist

Victorian Psychological Council

Associate Member

Australian Psychological Society

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

Deakin University

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

University of Melbourne