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Keynote speakers

Dr Nadine Kaslow

President, American Psychological Association   

Presentation: The future of psychology: Practice, public interest, education and science

Nadine Kaslow is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, and director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology, in the School of Medicine at the Emory University, Atlanta, USA. She has joint appointments in the departments of Psychology, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. She is also Chief Psychologist for the Grady Health System, an innovative service known for its Trauma Centre, Stroke and Neuroscience Centre and as Atlanta’s leading provider of Primary Care. President of the American Psychological Association (APA), Professor Kaslow is Past President/Chair of APA’s Divisions of Clinical Psychology, Family Psychology and Psychotherapy, as well as the American Board of Professional Psychology and Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centres (APPIC). She has received numerous awards including APA’s Distinguished Contributions for Education and Training Award, an APA Presidential Citation, APPIC’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Training and the Grady Health Foundation’s Inspiring Mentor Award. Professor Kaslow is psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet and a frequent media guest. Her presentation will focus on the future of psychology and the importance of uniting psychology for the future.   

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Professor Mark Conner

Psychological Assessments AustraliaUniversity of Leeds, UK

Presentation: Psychology of health behaviours: Importance of affect

Mark Conner is Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, where he has been since 1990. The vast majority of his research is concerned with predicting and changing health behaviours particularly in relation to the use of the ‘Theory of planned behaviour’. He has over 300 publications and his work is widely cited (>20k citations). Professor Conner’s current research interests focus on: affective influences on health behaviours; interventions to change health behaviours (such as the question-behaviour effect and implementation intentions); and moderators of the attitude-intention-behaviour relationship for health behaviours (including attitudinal ambivalence, temporal stability, personality factors and executive control). Along with Professor Paul Norman, he is co-editor of Predicting Health Behaviour (Open University Press, 1996, 2005) which is being reviewed into its third edition. He is also currently co-editor-in-chief of the European Health Psychology Society’s journal Psychology & Health, with Professor Daryl O’Connor. His presentation will explore the psychological determinants of health behaviours and the importance of affect.

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Dr Timothy Sharp MAPS

Chief Happiness Officer, Happiness Institute 

Presentation: Positive interventions – integrating the philosophy of positive psychology

Dr Timothy Sharp is the founder and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of The Happiness Institute in NSW. He has taught at all the major universities in NSW and is currently an Adjunct Professor (in Positive Psychology) within the School of Management, Faculty of Business at UTS and also an Adjunct Professor (Positive Psychology) within the School of Health Sciences at RMIT University. His primary areas of interest include enhancing happiness at work as well as promoting healthy living via the application of positive psychology principles, an interest that recently culminated in the development and launching of an exciting and new program, The Happiness Diet. Dr Sharp is a best-selling author, a sought after public speaker; and as a result of his frequent appearances in the local and international media, has been read and heard by millions. His keynote will present an overview of the key concepts espoused by positive psychology, the evidence that supports their consideration and use, as well as practical examples of how their application can enhance existing or more conventional approaches to teaching, practice and research.

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