People

Do you need help with achieving greater well-being? This is our directory of some of the most knowledgeable and qualified people in the positive psychology field.

Ilona Boniwell

Dr Ilona Boniwell is one of the European leaders in positive psychology, having founded and headed the first Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) in Europe at the University of East London. Nowadays, she heads the International MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (I-MAPP) at Anglia Ruskin University (that includes ...

Miriam Akhtar

Miriam is a positive psychology trainer, consultant and coach, who was one of the first group of positive psychologists in Europe to qualify from the MAPP @ UEL. Her speciality is in positive psychology interventions turning the theory into practice. She runs Positive Psychology Masterclasses and develops well-being programmes in the ...

Katie Hanson

Hello, my name is Katie Hanson and I am currently studying on the applied positive psychology programme at the University of East London. I am writing up my dissertation at the minute, which is looking at psychological capital (which is a construct comprising hope, optimism, self efficacy and resilience) and ...

Claire Beazley

I qualified in 1980 and worked full time as an NHS GP Principal from 1988 to 2007. I am now taking a sabbatical from regular work to study for a master’s degree in positive psychology and pursue other interests outside medicine. I am continuing with part time GP work and as a ...

Karen Wadey

Karen is currently studying on the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at UEL. Prior to this she worked as a primary and secondary teacher for many years in schools in London and overseas. Her first degrees were in Psychology BA (Hons) and English BA (Hons). She then went on to ...

Warren Davies

Warren Davies is a positive psychology student at UEL, and he completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the same institution. His main areas of interest are strengths, evolutionary approaches, and the effects of modern life on psychological well being. He runs a psychology blog at http://generallythinking.com.

Oscar Kjell

Oscar Kjell completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Westminster in 2008, where he also designed and presented a cognitive and neurobiological brain exhibition, which featured in ‘The Psychologist’. This aimed to demonstrate course areas to prospective students and aid as a revision tool for existing undergraduates. He ...

Jennie Simmons

I have been interested in Psychology for as long as I can remember… my first degree was in Economics and Marketing, but even then I managed to convince the Dean to let me take Psychology as an extra course! Later I did a PGDip conversion into Psychology and started to ...

Laura McInerney

Laura McInerney teaches Citizenship, PSHE and Social Science at an inner-city London school. She is a member of the 3rd MAPP cohort at UEL and interested in studying positive teaching styles and relationships. In 2008, Laura received the TeachFirst Excellent Teacher Award and was praised for the use of positive behaviour ...

Anna Freij

Anna Freij is passionate about enabling individuals and organisations that want to make a positive difference to be the best they can be. She worked in senior management before going on to become a consultant twelve years ago. Since then, she has also trained as a counsellor. She now infuses ...

Sara Hirschorn

Sara is a part time student on the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Psychology from Brunel University, since when she has worked in various countries around the world as a writer and teacher. She is ...

Evgeny Osin

Evgeny Osin received his PhD in Psychology from Moscow State University in 2007. He has participated in a number of psychological survey research and scale development projects, and has over 20 published papers in English and in Russian. His research interests include personal meaning, dispositional and attributional optimism, eudaimonic well-being, balanced time ...

Becky Mallery

Hi there, my name is Becky Mallery and I am a student on the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London. I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton which sparked my passion for the subject. Since graduating I trained in ...

Fiona Parashar

Fiona Parashar uses positive psychology in her coaching business Leadership Coaching Ltd. She is a sought-after business coach with over 20 years’ business leadership experience and a reputation for making a positive contribution at board-level. She has a successful background in media/advertising and leadership coaching, consistently proving her ability to ...

Augusta Rogowski

I am a final year Clinical Psychology PhD student at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), and for the past 3 years I’ve been looking at how positive emotions such as gratitude can improve emotion regulation in individuals with eating disorders. Before starting my PhD I completed an MA (Hons.) Psychology ...

Charlotte Style

Charlotte Style has worked as a personal coach for 15 years. She is fully trained as a Co-Active coach and is a member of the International Coaching Federation. She is one of the first cohorts of MSc graduates in Applied Positive Psychology from UEL and her first degree is in philosophy ...

Lucy Ryan

Hello! I am the founding director of Mindspring Consultancy Limited, (www.mindspring.uk.com) a training and coaching consultancy dedicated to helping organisations and individuals develop the confidence and vitality to fulfil their potential in life. We work across Europe with companies such as Sony, Siemens, BMW, RAC, Orange, the ...

Libby Hartz

MAPPster (2nd cohort) Libby Hartz is a certified professional Co-active Coach (CPCC) & stress management advisor and works as a life coach in London, UK. She has a strong interest in positive psychology and well-being and is passionate about helping clients to create and live a life that has meaning, ...

Andy Gibson

Andy Gibson is founder of the “5-a-day for your mind” campaign, Mindapples. Andy’s background is in social media and web start-ups, and he is co-founder of the award-winning web education start-up, School of Everything . He recently published his first book, Social by Social , a comprehensive practical guide to using ...

Bridget Grenville-Cleave

MSc, MBA, FCCA Bridget Grenville-Cleave is the director of Workmad Ltd, which supports organisations and individuals in improving their performance using applied positive psychology, and a founder member of the International Positive Psychology Association. She is one of a handful of professionals in Europe to have qualified with the MSc ...

Jen Rolfe

Jen Rolfe runs Practically Positive; a training, development and coaching company specialising in bringing positive psychology techniques to life in a practical and realistic way. Jen applied Positive Psychology to the occupational field in particular, with her MSc dissertation “What does it mean to flourish at work?”. She facilitates sessions ...