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.

Dr Tim Lomas

Tim has been a lecturer in positive psychology at the University of East London since April 2013. Tim completed his PhD at the University of Westminster in 2012. His thesis focused on the impact of meditation on men’s mental health, and was published in 2014 as a monograph by Palgrave Macmillan. Tim has published nearly 40 papers on this subject. To find out more about Tim, 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.

Seth Fontane Pennock

Thumbnail photo of Positive Psychology Learning Associate Seph Fontane PennockSeth’s expertise is online marketing and his passion is positive psychology. Positive Psychology Program allows him to work at the intersection of those fields and utilise his strengths to the fullest. Together with his business partner Hugo Alberts, he has built the largest collection of positive psychology tools out there called the ‘Positive Psychology Toolkit’. To read more about Seth, 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.

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