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Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Kern

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Dr Peggy (Margaret) Kern is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Dr Kern received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University, a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published 2 books and over 70 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. She received the IPPA Early Career Researcher award in 2017 and is the founder and president of the IPPA education division. Her research is collaborative in nature and draws on a variety of methodologies, including big data, integrative data analysis, and mixed methods to examine questions around who thrives in life and why, including: (a) understanding and measuring healthy functioning, (b) identifying individual and social factors impacting life trajectories, and (c) systems informed approaches to wellbeing. You can find out more about Dr Kern’s work at www.peggykern.org.