last updated 2024-05-05

Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE). I am also Director of the multi-university Nature-Meaning in Life (NMIL) Research Lab, an editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, Science Chair of the Spirituality and Meaning Division of the International Positive Psychology Association, and an invited academic with the Global Wellbeing Initiative (a partnership between the Gallup World Poll and the Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation). I am a co-developer of a free online course on Nature Connectedness out of the University of Derby, UK, and have developed (and teach) several upper-level undergraduate courses, including a capstone course at CUE entitled “Nature and Wellbeing”. Collaborating with colleagues and students from around the globe, I am working on a number of well-being-based research endeavours. The primary focus of my work is the development and validation of practical interventions to enhance well-being through noticing and engaging with everyday nature close to home. Additionally, I am studying the emerging issue of eco-anxiety. Within the meaning stream of my research, I examine pathways that lead to greater meaning in life, particularly among university students, and I am embarking on a new line of research examining how play adds meaning to life for adutlts. I support open-science research practices, open-source textbooks and teaching practices, and open-source software.

My friends, students, and colleagues know me as "H!A!", reflecting my enthusiasm and passion about my research and teaching.

Check out my latest online talk from April 20, 2024:
Saving Our Pale Blue Dot: The Importance of Nature Connectedness for Pro-nature Behavior"
University of Pennsylvania: Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) - MAPPsters for a Flourising Planet Speaker Series

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