Our Associates


At Positive Psychology Learning, we work closely with a number of associates, who are experts in their area of positive psychology. We are proud to have associates, who are leading researchers and practitioners in fields such as goal-setting, grit, strengths, workplace wellbeing and positive organisations.


Dr Itai Ivtzan

Dr Itai Ivtzan is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. It makes his heart sing. He is convinced that if we befriend both psychology and spirituality, and succeed in introducing them into our lives, we will all become super-heroes, and gain super-strengths of awareness, courage, resilience, and compassion. To find out more about Itai, click here.

Michelle McQuaid

Thumbnail-MichelleMichelle McQuaid also holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently in the final stages of her PhD under the supervision of Professor David Cooperrider, a leading researcher in Appreciative Inquiry. Michelle is also a best selling author and specialises in strengths, workplace wellbeing and positive organisations. To read more about Michelle, click here.

Caroline Adams Miller

Thumbnail-CarolineCaroline Adams Miller was part of the first ever cohort of the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as being a certified professional coach, best-selling author, media personality and leading researcher and practitioner in goal setting and grit. To find out more about Caroline, click here.

Dr Piers Worth

conference room interior 3dPiers Worth PhD is a ‘Reader’ (Associate Professor equivalent) at Bucks New University in the United Kingdom. He is a Chartered Psychologist and accredited psychotherapist, in addition to having extensive organisational consulting experience. Piers co-leads the University’s MSc Applied Positive Psychology programme which is now in its fifth year. To read more about Piers, click here

Dr Matthew Smith

Dr Matthew SmithDr Matthew Smith is a co-course leader on the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at Bucks New University. He is a leading psychologist in the science of luck and specialises in enhancing workplace performance and implementing a social media approach to recruitment. To find out more about Matthew, click here.

Katie Small

Katie Small graduated from the University of East London with an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology in 2014.  Prior to this Katie set up her own company, Small Steps to Success, delivering positive psychology workshops to children in both primary and secondary schools. To find out more about Katie, click here.