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Faculty Advisor: Curriculum Development

Judy Eaton, PhD

Judy EatonJudy Eaton is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University. She has been conducting research in the area of positive psychology since 2000, when she first began studying forgiveness during her PhD studies. Her dissertation, which examined why taking responsibility for one’s wrongdoing is such an important part of an apology, was a finalist for the 2006 Martin E. P. Seligman Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Positive Psychology.

She has continued her research on forgiveness, examining the role of third parties in forgiveness; apologies, remorse, and forgiveness in the criminal justice system; and what she calls “extreme forgiveness”: the study of individuals who forgive seemingly “unforgivable” offences. Her other research interests in the area of positive psychology include the adult colouring phenomenon (and its role in stress reduction), mindfulness, compassion, and academic buoyancy and resilience in undergraduate students.

She developed and teaches a popular undergraduate course in Positive Psychology, and regularly supervises thesis students interested in areas related to positive psychology.

Curriculum Developer

Sajel Bellon, BA, MA, EdD Candidate

Sajel BellonAs a lifelong learner and passionate educator, Sajel Bellon has spent the past 20 years working within a variety of organizations and postsecondary institutions doing what she loves. She is dedicated to enhancing life, leadership and learning experiences for her clients and students, through the use of high-impact learning strategies. In utilizing experiential and project-based learning techniques across the business, humanities, liberal arts, and social science sectors both in-class and online, she has been recognized for excellence in teaching and leadership.

Bellon belongs to a number of professional associations and is privileged to be serving on the board of directors for the Canadian Positive Psychology Association and the Students of the International Positive Psychology Association. She is very appreciative to be surrounded and supported by such an incredible international community of scholars, researchers, educators and practitioners that complement and strengthen her personal and professional cache of knowledge.

Academic Background

  • EdD candidate, Educational Leadership, University of Western Ontario
  • Solution Focused Brief Coaching Certificate, University of Toronto
  • MA, Leadership and Management, University of Guelph
  • BA (Hons.), Psychology, University of Guelph

Research Interests

As an integral positive psychology leader and a part of the effort in shaping the well-being of Canadians young and old, Sajel hopes to improve the quality of life and living through the research and application of positive psychology in adult education and organizational positive scholarship. Her current projects include working with developing resiliency in first responders and using positive psychology practices as preventative tools in sustaining and advancing mental wellness. She is currently enrolled in the Appreciative Inquiry Certification Program at the Cooperrider Centre for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College.

Instructors

Andrew Soren, CPCC, MAPP

Andrew Soren

Originally from Toronto and currently living in Montevideo, Uruguay, Andrew has worked in the corporate and non-profit sectors spanning the performing arts, philanthropy, corporate marketing and sponsorship, leadership development, culture change, coaching, and talent management.

Andrew is an instructor (and alumni) of the pioneering Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Senior Advisor of Leadership, Culture and Governance at LRN Corporation, where he works with organizations on how to build values-based cultures, inspirational leadership and governance structures that foster freedom and self-governance.

Andrew worked for one of Canada’s largest banks, BMO Financial Group for 12 years, where he was accountable for Leadership Development, Brand Revitalization and Culture Change. Andrew is a certified leadership coach through the Coach’s Training Institute.

Paula Pyne, MBA, RYT

Paula Pyne

Paula is a mindful leadership coach, teacher, and writer known for her calm and charismatic presence. She is a source of inspiration and a catalyst for positive change. Paula’s unique approach to leadership and learning begins from the inside out. She introduces a mindful approach, grounded in yoga, mindfulness and positive psychology that enhances higher performance, productivity, and resilience and creates a compassionate environment in which people thrive. She is an advocate for mindful leadership, wellbeing, and compassion in business and is known for her thought leadership on these topics, facilitating courses, workshops and leading retreats for educational institutions and organizations.

As a teacher, Paula offers her students a sense of grounding, calm, and an inquisitive mindset through which to see the world.  Paula teaches on a range of topics; that provoke inspired action, inner transformation, and mindful, positive change through a balanced blend of theory and practical application.

With a fascination for the human psyche, Paula elected to take her undergraduate studies in psychology and sociology. After being employed in the field of Social Work, she earned her Masters of Business Administration in Executive Management at Royal Roads University, and a postgraduate diploma in Human Resources Management at Humber College where she taught part-time in the Business School. She actively continues her studies in leadership coaching, positive psychology, yoga and mindfulness.

She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and is currently working on her first book, Awakening to a New Sun, The Rise of Feminine Leadership: Leadership Strategies for Success in the 21st Century.
Paula finds her balance through self-care, meditation, yoga, writing, travel, gratitude practice and spending time in nature and with her family.

Meghan Kirwin, MBA, CAPP

Megan Kirwin

Meghan’s mission is to empower individuals, teams and entrepreneurial organizations to thrive. Meghan is passionate about facilitating positive change with the individuals and organizations she works with. Meghan founded The Kirwin Group Inc. in 2004 and in her role as mentor, coach and facilitator has focused on building thriving workplaces. Meghan developed the Vitality at Work brand with a single focus of supporting individuals and organizations to realize their full potential through the application of positive psychology.

Meghan has completed a Masters in Business Administration from Laurier specializing in Leadership and Organizational Behaviour. She also completed a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) from the Wholebeing Institute, where she studied under Dr. Tal Ben Shahar from Harvard University. Meghan is in her final year of completing a Masters in Science in Applied Positive Psychology from University of East London, England, one of the leading universities in the field of positive psychology.

Robert Rosales, MAPP, EMBA, MPS

Robert RosalesRobert Rosales is the founder of Lead Academy, a coaching and business consultancy that supports individuals and organizations eager to realize their full potential. He is passionate about applying science-based positive leadership practices that support human and financial performance in organizations by optimizing the way people lead, connect and perform.

Leveraging over twenty years of senior management experience at leading financial institutions and extensive education in positive psychology, Robert is known as a source of inspiration and a catalyst for positive lasting behavioural change.

Robert is currently an instructor in positive psychology and positive organizational scholarship with Universidad Tecmilenio in Mexico and a former instructor -and alumni- of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Raised in Spain and Switzerland, Robert is a graduate of the Université de Genève with a bachelor in Political Science and an Executive MBA.

Robert's top signature strengths are zest, perspective, curiosity, humour, and perseverance.

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