Dr Paul Wong has been involved in positive psychology since his Ph.D. days at the University of Toronto (Jarden, Bruna, Lahti, & Zhao, 2013). He has participated in the evolution of positive psychology (Wong, 2009, 2011).

Dr. Wong has collaborated with other Positive Psychology Learning Associates (Wong, Ivtzan, & Lomas, 2016; Wong & Worth, in press). He continues to push the boundaries of positive psychology in death and dying (Wong, 2017a), stress and coping (Wong, 2017b), and cross-cultural psychology (Wong, 2013; Wong & Tweed, in press). He has received the Carl Rogers Award from the Humanistic Psychology Division of APA for his contribution to existential positive psychology (Wong, 2017c).

Currently, Dr. Wong is teaching applied positive psychology at the Living Institute, Saybrook University, and the INPM Summer Institute, which also offers an online version. He is in the process of developing an online certificate course on meaning-centered counselling and coping through the International Network on Personal Meaning and the Meaning Centered Counseling Institute Inc., both founded by him.

From the perspective of second wave positive psychology (PP 2.0), the most robust and enduring positivity is to be able to say “Yes” to life, even when you find that the world is against you. Dr. Wong teaches people how to develop resilience, grit (Wong, 1995) and mature happiness (Wong, 2017d) in the midst of suffering and adversities. Some of his innovative existential positive interventions can be found in Wong (2016a, b).

Dr. Wong has received numerous research grants. Presently, he is part of a research project on Virtue, Happiness and Meaning of life at the University of Chicago supported by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Dr. Wong’s impact on positive education with a focus on character development and life intelligence is most evident in Taiwan. He has received several awards to his contribution to the development of Life Education in Taiwan. He will be lecturing at several universities in Taiwan in October.

Dr. Wong has been invited to keynote in many countries to spread the message of existential positive psychology. These countries include predominantly Muslim countries (Turkey, Pakistan) and Buddhist countries (Japan, Taiwan), indicating the broad cross-cultural appeal of his approach.

In addition to providing peer review for many major journals (e.g., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Counselling Psychology, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, etc.), he also serves as Editor of the Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, and is currently on several editorial boards, such as the International Journal of Wellbeing, the Journal of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, and Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Dr. Wong is interested in sharing his vast experience in research and practice and looks forward to collaborating with other Positive Psychology Leaning Associates to develop products and services to benefit both the positive psychology community and the larger society.

Watch Dr. Wong lecturing at the University of East London on Second Wave Positive Psychology here. You can also read Paul’s articles The Deep-And-Wide Hypothesis In Giftedness And Creativity and Positive Psychology In North America.


Jarden, A., Bruna, M. M. O., Lahti, E., & Zhao, Y. (Eds.) (2013). Positive psychologists on positive psychology: Paul Wong. Positive Psychologists on Positive Psychology (2nd ed.; pp. 113-118). [Kindle Version].

Wong, P. T. P. (1995). A stage model of coping with frustrative stress. In R. Wong (Ed.), Biological perspectives on motivated activities (pp. 339-378). Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

Wong, P. T. P. (2009). Existential positive psychology. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.), Encyclopedia of positive psychology (Vol. 1, pp. 361-368). Oxford, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Wong, P. T. P. (2011). Positive psychology 2.0: Towards a balanced interactive model of the good life. Canadian Psychology, 52(2), 69-81.

Wong, P. T. P. (2013). Positive psychology. In K. Keith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology (pp. 1021-1026). Oxford, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Wong, P. T. P. (2016a). Integrative meaning therapy: From logotherapy to existential positive interventions. In P. Russo-Netzer, S. E. Schulenberg, & A. Batthyány (Eds.), Clinical perspectives on meaning: Positive and existential psychotherapy (pp. 323-342). New York, NY: Springer.

Wong, P. T. P. (2016b). Meaning centered positive group intervention. In P. Russo-Netzer, S. Schulenberg, & A. Batthyány (Eds.), Clinical perspectives on meaning: Positive and existential psychotherapy (pp. 423-445). New York, NY: Springer.

Wong, P. T. P. (2017a). Death and dying. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology (pp. 965-967). New York, NY: Sage.

Wong, P. T. P. (2017b). Coping and stress. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology (886-890). New York, NY: Sage.

Wong, P. T. P. (2017c). Meaning-centered approach to research and therapy, second wave positive psychology, and the future of humanistic psychologyThe Humanistic Psychologist. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/hum0000062

Wong, P. T. P. (2017d, May 16). Courage, faith, meaning, and mature happiness. Positive Living Newsletter. Retrieved from http://www.drpaulwong.com/inpm-presidents-report-may-2017

Wong, P. T. P., Ivtzan, I., & Lomas, T. (2016). Good work: A meaning-centred approach. In L. G. Oades, M. F. Steger, A. Delle Fave, & J. Passmore (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell handbook of the psychology of positivity and strengths-based approaches at work (pp. 0-0). West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell.