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Psychology Week - Living Life Well


Wed 23 Nov 2016, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Where: Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: jodes1980

A public presentation for Psychology Week - Living Life Well featuring:
- Damian Newell (Dunedin City Councillor, The Breeze radio announcer) as MC
- Dr Denise Quinlan - Living life well: what that looks like for you
- Dr Kumari Fernando Valentine - I ♥ my #mind: using psychology & technology for wellbeing
- Kate Brookie - The role of a healthy diet in psychological wellbeing
- Dr Damian Scarf - Let’s Stay Together: Building and Maintaining Group Memberships Improves Mental Health and Wellbeing

Also featuring science project highlights from the 2016 Aurora Science fair.

About the Presenters:
Dr Denise Quinlan specialises in the science of well-being and translates the latest scientific evidence into practical tools to help build well-being in schools and workplaces. She is the developer of the Awesome Us strengths programme, successfully tested in NZ schools and shown to enhance student well-being, engagement for learning, relatedness, and class climate. Denise has worked with schools and universities in New Zealand, Australia, Spain and the UK including work with Professor Martin Seligman and Dr Karen Reivich delivering training in resilience and well-being to educators and policymakers in the UK and Australia.

She lectures to business people from around the world on the Executive Masters in Positive Leadership and Strategy at IE University, Madrid and the LGI Diploma of Positive Psychology in Australia and New Zealand. Denise has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a PhD focused on well-being in education from the University of Otago, Dunedin. She has published in international journals and book chapters on topics of positive psychology, resilience and well-being.

Dr Kumari Fernando Valentine is a clinical psychologist with a radio show, 'The Conscious Adventurer'. Kumari has released six albums which are widely available, including on Itunes, is active on Facebook and Twitter, and has a Youtube Channel. Kumari's mission is to inspire others to be kinder to themselves, each other, and the world. In addition, to live events, Kumari also has started online programmes and webinars.

Kumari was awarded Fellowship of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists in recognition of her contribution to clinical psychology in New Zealand. Dr Kumari is both an academic at the University of Otago and a practicing clinician. Her website is

Over the course of her PhD at the University of Otago, Kate Brookie has investigated the way in which food choices can impact mental health. On her way to becoming a clinical psychologist, she is passionate about helping members of the community ‘live life well’ through simple dietary change. Her talk will cover the intricacies of the relationship between food and mood, and whether an apple a day can keep the psychologist away.

Dr Damian Scarf completed his PhD in 2011 and is now a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago. His research on adolescent development includes using mobile technology to track and curb alcohol use and alcohol-related harm in university students. In addition, working with the Spirit of Adventure Trust and R. Tucker Thompson, he conducts work on building resilience in adolescents through adventure education programmes.

He has received numerous University of Otago Research Grants and has over 40 publications, including empirical papers in the prestigious journal Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2015 he was named the University of Otago Division of Sciences Early-Career Researcher of the Year and in 2016 received a University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research.

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