Dr Denise Quinlan specialises in the science of well-being. She has published in international journals and book chapters on topics of positive psychology, resilience and well-being. The developer of a successful classroom-based strengths programme that positively influences student well-being, engagement for learning, relatedness, and class climate, Denise continues to explore strengths applications in education. Denise works with schools in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, is researching interventions to support university student well-being, and lectures in strengths-based team development. Denise’s background in management consulting and finance informs her understanding of management and strategic perspectives and the challenges in bringing wellbeing to the corporate sphere. She develops wellbeing programmes for a range of contexts that are relevant, practical and give participants tools they can use immediately.
Denise has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a PhD focused on well-being in education from the University of Otago, Dunedin. She is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand and an adjunct Professor on the Executive Masters of Positive Leadership and Strategy at IE University Business School, Madrid, Spain. She has worked alongside thought leaders Professor Martin Seligman and Dr Karen Reivich of the University of Pennsylvania, delivering programmes in resilience and well-being to educators in the UK and Australia (including Geelong Grammar and St Peters Adelaide in Australia, and Wellington College in England).
Denise enjoys making courses relevant, practical and fun for everyone. Valuing laughter and honesty in her work, she believes growth and change are ever possible and kindness is always worthwhile.