I am an active researcher with numerous national competitive grants. I study psychological flexibility, or what i call “flexible strength”, a cluster of skills that can be used to promote personal growth and build vitality and valued action. I seek to address three questions.
- How do we measure aspects of flexible strength?
- How do different aspects of flexible strength develop and change?
- How do we promote flexible strength?
Examples of skills related to flexible strength are emotional intelligence, social intelligence, mindfulness, psychological flexibility, nonattachment, grit, equanimity, will-power, and emotion regulation skill. I have over 100 international journal articles, books, and book chapters . My work on emotional intelligence is amongst the most highly cited in the EI area. I currently have over 1 million dollars in competitive funding to investigate the causes of well-being and interpersonal effectiveness
I have published research on mindfulness, acceptance, values and other core processes that are linked to resilience and well-being.
My work focuses on aspects of flexible strength that are potentially modifiable and that have been hypothesized to promote well-being and performance.
- Identifying character strengths and skills that promote social well-being (e.g., relationship satisfaction, low antisocial behavior), emotional well-being (e.g., happiness, low depression), physical well-being (e.g., physical health and activity), and performance (e.g., grades).
- Designing and Evaluating interventions to reduce suffering, promote vitality, and promote social effectiveness (in a variety of contexts, including organizations, adolescents, and cancer groups).
- Identifying the developmental causes and consequences of character
- Contextual Behavioral Science topics, including those related to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory
- Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2011-2014) (This fellowship recognizes that the quality of my track record is very high compared to other Associate Professors. It covers most of my salary and equipment needs).
- I have been influential. For example, I have been cited over 7300 times and have an H-index of 43 according to google scholar
- I am chief-editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science
- 80 books
- Over 90 peer reviewed articles
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
- I oversee a large longitudinal study involving 3000 adolescents in high schools located in the Illawara and far north Queensland.
- I run a program called Imagine, which involves providing flexible strength training to student leaders and then supporting them to put prosocial interventions into play in their communities (e.g., an anti-bullying campaigns).
- I regularly conduct well-being and stress management workshops for the public
- I do consultancy work with National Rugby League Teams