Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology
by Meg A. Warren and Stewart I. Donaldson, Editors
May 2017, 306pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

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Unlike what some might imagine, positive psychology is based on facts about the human psyche derived from scientific research.

This book examines the range of new theories, research, and applications in the most generative areas of positive psychology, at the dawn of a new wave of positive psychology scholarship—one that is increasingly sensitive to real-world issues, adversity, culture, and context.

In the 17 years since the inception of the movement, the field of positive psychology has grown tremendously and inspired research and practice across a range of sub-areas. Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology showcases the wide range of new theories, research, applications, and explorations in what can be termed “the next wave of positive psychology,” presenting novel findings and theories that acknowledge and mainstream sensitivity to real-world issues, adversity, culture, and context, in fresh new ways.

The contributors to the work—among the best known and most experienced in the field—trace the growth of new developments in each of the key foci of positive psychology, including happiness, character strengths, and gratitude, and document the latest research, theory, and applications. The volume focuses on the contributions and development of positive psychology sub-fields, such as positive organizational psychology and positive youth development, as well as their primary application areas, such as positive education.


  • Offers an unprecedented examination of the most generative subjects in positive psychology
  • Provides a scientifically grounded, thorough, and accessible overview of positive psychology theory, research, and practice
  • Showcases a new wave of positive psychology that is mainstreaming increased sensitivity to adversity, culture, and contextual factors
  • Brings together contributions from renowned leaders and prolific thinkers in positive psychology
  • Presents cutting-edge information that will be useful to scholars, students, as well as general readers
Meg A. Warren is assistant professor of practice and program director of Human Resource Management at the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (DBOS) at Claremont Graduate University. She serves as president of the work and organizations division of the International Positive Psychology Association. Her research and teaching interests include the science of positive psychology, positive human resource development, and positive work relationships.

Stewart I. Donaldson is professor and chair of psychology, director of the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC), and dean of the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (SBOS) at Claremont Graduate University. He has taught numerous courses and published widely on the topics of organizational psychology, organization and career development, health promotion and disease prevention, evaluation science, and applied research methods. He is currently president of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and is on the board of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).


"Warren and Donaldson provide an up-to-date snapshot of recent scientific developments in this ten-chapter, edited book. . . . Most intriguing is emerging research concerning social class, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, which means that positive psychology is maturing and becoming more multicultural, just as the questions asked are becoming more subtle and nuanced. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals."—Choice, December 1, 20107

"I’d like to nominate Meg Warren and Stewart Donaldson’s new edited volume Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology as a candidate for the best 20-year retrospective on positive psychology’s progress as a scientific and applied discipline."—PsycCRITIQUES, December 19, 2017
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