Welcome to the Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) 2017 Conference The WPPA meeting aims to bring together a collaborative scientific community of faculty, students, and scholars to advance and support rigorous, evidence-based empirical research in the science of happiness, excellence and optimal human functioning. The theme of the 2nd WPPA Conference is "Positive Psychology for Societal Impact", and it will be held on January 21, 2017 on the Claremont Graduate University campus in Claremont, California, USA.

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Schedule of Events (click for pdf)

8:00 – 9:00: Check-in and Registration

9:00 – 9:30: Welcome – Stewart I. Donaldson & Meg A. Warren, Claremont Graduate University, "Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology"

9:30 – 10:00: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Claremont Graduate University, "Trust, Freedom, and Evolution of Society"

10:00 – 10:30: Jeanne Nakamura, Claremont Graduate University, "Seeing Societal Problems as Societal Opportunities: Positive Aging"

10:30 – 11:00: Break

11:00 – 12:00: Morning Concurrent Session 1 – "Meaning and Mindfulness"

11:00 – 12:00: Morning Concurrent Session 2 – "Positive Emotions and Well-being"

11:00 – 12:00: Morning Concurrent Session 3 – "Positive Youth and Education"

12:00 – 1:15: Lunch Break

Lunch options:
Campus dining is available at Scripps College until 1pm at a discounted rate of $8 per person.
Explore a variety of food options at the eclectic restaurants at the nearby Claremont Village.

1:15 – 2:15: Afternoon Concurrent Session 1 – "Positive Psychology Group Interventions"

1:15 – 2:15: Afternoon Concurrent Session 2 – "Innovative Methods in Positive Psychology"

2:15 – 2:30: Break

2:30 – 3:00: Tiffany Berry, Claremont Graduate University, "Positive Youth Development in Action"

3:00 – 3:30: Kendall C. Bronk, Claremont Graduate University, "Applying Research to Help Youth Discover Their Purpose in Life"

3:30 – 4:00: Jeffrey Yip, Claremont Graduate University, "Moonshots for Positive Organizational Psychology"

4:00 – 4:30: Jason Siegel, Claremont Graduate University, "Positive Health Psychology in Action: An Elevating Adventure?"

4:30 – 4:45: Closing Remarks

4:45 – 5:00: Break

5:00 – 6:00: Poster Session (Click here for guidelines and poster information)

5:00 – 6:00: Book Launch and Signing – Paul Zak, Claremont Graduate University, "Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies"

6:00 – 6:45: Art Display, "The Power Within"

6:00 – 6:45: Meet the Authors – Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Dr. Mashi Rahmani, Dr. Stewart Donaldson, Dr. Jeanne Nakamura, Dr. Kendall Bronk, Meg Warren

6:00 – 6:45: Networking Reception

Venue Details

The conference will take place at the Claremont Colleges, starting in the Balch Auditorium. The Balch Auditorium is located at 1030 N. Columbia Ave, Claremont, CA 91711.

Parking is free in the parking lots located on College Ave & 8th St, Dartmouth Ave & 9th St, and between College & Dartmouth on 11th St.  Street parking is also available during the conference.

Here is the campus map.


From the 10 Fwy: Exit Indian Hill Blvd and head north.  (Westbound 10: Right on Indian Hill Blvd.  Eastbound 10: Left on Indian Hill Blvd.)  Turn right on Arrow Route.  Turn left on College Ave.  Continue 11 blocks north to 11th St.  Turn right on 11th St.  11th St. becomes Drucker Way at College Ave. The parking lots on the right and left sides of Drucker Way will be clearly marked.  (The Burkle Family Building is located on the south-west corner of 11th St/Drucker Way & Dartmouth Ave.  The workshops will be held downstairs on the 1st floor.)

From the 210 Fwy: Exit Towne Ave and head south.  (Westbound 210: Left on Towne Ave.  Eastbound 210: Right on Towne Ave.)  Continue south about 1 mile.  Turn left on Foothill Blvd (first major cross street).  Continue past Indian Hill Blvd.  Turn right on Dartmouth Ave (first stoplight after Indian Hill Blvd).  Turn right on Drucker Way/11th St.  Parking lots to the right and left sides of Drucker Way will be clearly marked.  (The Burkle Family Building is located on the south-west corner of 11th St/Drucker Way & Dartmouth Ave.  The workshops will be held downstairs on the 1st floor.)

Transportation Services

Airport: The most convenient airport to Claremont is the Ontario International Airport in Ontario California: http://www.lawa.org/ont/ontframe.html. Transportation from the airport to area hotels can be arranged through the telephones at the ground transportation board in the baggage claim areas. Taxi service or a shuttle to the car rental office can also be found at these terminals. Reservations are not required for door-to-door shuttle service, but if you want to call ahead of time, these are the numbers:

  • Econoride = (877) 413-2666
  • Inland Express = (909) 626-6599
  • Prime Time = 800-733-8267
  • Southern California Coach = 800-232-6224
  • Supershuttle = 800-933-6901

(Other airports in the area are Burbank, Los Angeles International (LAX), and John Wayne Airport, each of which is approximately an hour drive from Claremont if there is no traffic.)


Conference participants are responsible for arranging lodging. The DoubleTree Hotel and Casa 425 in Claremont (less than a mile from the campus) is typically preferred by conference attendees:

Casa 425
Very pleasant boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Claremont, immediate next to some of the town’s best dining. A pleasant 15-20 minute walk or 5-minute drive from campus.
425 West 1st Street
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 624-2272

Claremont Doubletree
Recently rennovated–an attractive 15-minute walk from campus!
555 West Foothill Blvd
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 626-2411

Registration information and the full program will be available here shortly, please stay tuned.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Meg.Warren@cgu.edu.