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Day 3 - Session 7
Sept. 24, 7:00 - 7:50 pm (EST/USA)
Sept. 25, 12:00 - 12:50 am (London)
Sept. 25, 9:00 - 9:50 am (Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane)
Sept. 25, 11:00 - 11:50 am (New Zealand)
Positive Psychology & Policing


Special Agent Eric Patterson

Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA)



Positive Psychological Interventions:  Avoiding Pollyanna, Unicorns, and Rainbows

Judith Moskowitz, PhD

President, International Positive Psychology Association

Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (USA)

I will address the some of the significant criticisms of positive psychological interventions (PPIs) including that PPIs are dismissive of very real life stress many people experience; small effect sizes in tests of PPIs; and selective reporting of results and discuss what we can and what we cannot conclude based on the scientific studies of PPIs so far.


VALOR Law Enforcement Resilience Training Program: The Penn Resilience Program

Judy Saltzberg, PhD

Project Director, University of Pennsylvania, Positive Psychology Center, Resilience Programs (USA)

Dr. Saltzberg will describe the University of Pennsylvania's Resilience Training Programs, including the history and empirical support. She will discuss University of Pennsylvania's partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the creation and delivery of the VALOR Law Enforcement Resilience Training Program: The Penn Resilience Program. The presentation will include an overview of this train-the-trainer-program, the positive psychology skills it teaches, and initial implementation within the law enforcement community.


Building Mental Fitness: PERMAH-Based Wellbeing Workouts

Peggy Kern, PhD

Centre for Positive Psychology, The University of Melbourne (Australia)

If we are to consistently feel and function well in our work, maintaining mental fitness is just as important as maintaining physical fitness. This session illustrates how easy strategies for individuals and agencies can draw on to proactively support mental health and wellbeing.

















Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson has spent the last 18 years with the FBI working as a Special Agent, Task Force Coordinator, and Instructor.  Eric is the first FBI Agent in the United States to attend the University of Pennsylvania's Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program.  Along with teaching in the MAPP program as an Instructor, Eric is working with the FBI to create a course in Positive Psychology for Policing, along with helping to develop a Positive Policing Institute.  Eric’s research interests include the causes of the Us versus Them division between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Email: ericpatt@sas.upenn.edu













Judith Moskowitz, PhD

Judy is a social / health psychologist who conducts patient-oriented research regarding behavioral and psychosocial factors in the context of significant illness or other life stress. Funded by NCCIH, NIA, NIMH, NIDDK, NIDA, and NINR, she examines the unique adaptive role of positive emotion in the process of coping with various types of health-related and other life stress and, through randomized trials, determine whether a positive emotion regulation intervention developed by her team can increase positive affect, reduce stress and depression, and improve health behaviors in at risk samples.

Email: judith.moskowitz@northwestern.edu

Twitter: @JudyMosk

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Judy Saltzberg, PhD

Dr. Saltzberg is a curriculum developer and lead instructor for the Penn Resilience Programs at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center. She earned a Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Saltzberg has taught resilience skills to populations including U.S. Army personnel, educators, medical professionals, and others. She co-authored the VALOR Law Enforcement Resilience Training Program: The Penn Resilience Program, with Karen Reivich, Ph.D. and has also delivered this program to law enforcement personnel. Additionally, she is an Instructor in University of Pennsylvania's Master of Applied Positive Psychology program.

Email: saltzber@sas.upenn.edu

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Peggy Kern, PhD

Dr Peggy Kern is an associate professor at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education. Her research draws on a variety of methodologies to examine questions around who thrives in life and why, including understanding and measuring healthy functioning, identifying individual and social factors impacting life trajectories, and systems informed approaches to wellbeing. She has published 3 books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. You can find out more about Dr Kern's work at www.peggykern.org.

Email: Peggy.Kern@unimelb.edu.au

Twitter: @pkern001


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