WoW is a research company in the business of online wellbeing assessments. WoW's vision is to make a real world difference by assisting in assessing and increasing worldwide wellbeing. WoW aims to enact its vision by breaking new frontiers in online wellbeing science. Our products, designed by world leading wellbeing assessment scientists and practitioners, enable and facilitate those who work to improve others wellbeing (organisations & organisational consultants) and also help further the credibility of both wellbeing professionals and wellbeing science.
- Our ambitious vision is to make our scientific products available in 20 languages and to scale up to assess and help manage the wellbeing of 20 million people worldwide.
WoW's team and advisers have published numerous books, book chapters, and over 100 peer reviewed academic articles on wellbeing. In addition they edit some of the best scientific wellbeing journals, and are experts in online assessment, organisational psychology, and psychological assessment. As such, WoW's assessments have been crafted from the literature and are accepted as scientifically valid.
Dr Jarden is WoW’s Senior Scientist. Aaron is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Auckland University of Technology, and wellbeing scientist at Auckland University of Technology's Human Potential Centre. He is president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, co-investigator of the Sovereign New Zealand Wellbeing Index, founder of The Tuesday Program, co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, and author of “Positive Psychologists on Positive Psychology” vol 1 & 2. He teaches tertiary level courses in Psychological Assessment, Positive Psychology, Organisational Psychology, Health Psychology and the Psychology of Stress amongst others, has worked in an organisational role of Wellbeing Manager, and describes his goal as “complete understanding of human wellbeing, why it is as it is and how it can be improved”. Dr Jarden has qualifications in psychology (MA, PhD), philosophy (BSocSci Hons, Graduate Diploma of Applied Ethics), education (Post-Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching), and computing (Diploma in Computing, MCP).
Professor Kashdan is WoW’s Senior Scientist. Todd is a professor at George Mason University in the USA, and gives keynotes and workshops on how to use cutting edge wellbeing science to help people function optimally in life and business. He has published 100+ articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored many bestselling books, including “Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life”, “Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward”, “Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology”, and "The Upside of Your Dark Side". He is a TEDx speaker and has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, CNN, CBS, PBS, and National Public Radio, among others. He has received a number of awards recognising his research, teaching, and influence as one of the pioneers in wellbeing science.
Dr Mitchell is WoW’s Wellbeing Application manager. Jo is a clinical psychologist working in Melbourne, Australia. She works as Wellbeing Manager for the AFL Players Association, is Director of a psychology practice called The Mind Room, and lectures at Monash and Swinburne Universities. Jo’s passion is in integrating technology, innovation and play into applied psychology; as well as incorporating evidence based psychological strategies to help create flourishing lives. Dr Mitchell’s qualifications include a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and PhD focusing on online wellbeing programs. She regularly publishes and presents on topics including positive psychology, mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Dr Weijers is WoW’s Wellbeing Integration specialist. Dan is an Assistant Professor at California State University, USA, and has an interdisciplinary research focus on happiness and wellbeing. Dan is co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, and has published on happiness and wellbeing in philosophy, psychology, economics, politics, and public policy outlets. He has also advised policy makers on happiness and wellbeing from the New Zealand Treasury, to national statistics departments, to the United Nations.
Dr. Alex MacKenzie is WoW’s Business Development Manager. Alex holds a PhD in organisational psychology, and is a lecturer with 17 years’ experience. Alex currently consults to a variety of organisations, is an advisor for The New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, and teaches courses in organisational psychology and management at both Canterbury University and The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
Michael Parker is WOW’s account manager and process optimiser. Michael has many qualifications and works at a global investment bank. He is passionate about developing technology businesses in exciting new areas such as online wellbeing assessments.
WoW partners are vastly experienced and highly qualified wellbeing scientists, and organisational psychology specialists and practitioners. In addition, WoW partners are also organisations that have track records in working on organisational wellbeing. You can contact a WoW partner in order to gain assistance with organising an organisational wellbeing assessment, interpreting WoW assessment results, or further advice on organisational wellbeing programmes.
Lindsay Oades is the Director of the Australian Institute of Business Wellbeing at Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong, Australia, and a visiting researcher to Kings College, London, and the University of Melbourne. Lindsay is also on the scientific advisory board at the Institute of Coaching at Harvard University. Lindsay's work on stages of psychological recovery and the Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM) has been recognised internationally. Lindsay has published over 90 articles and book chapters related to wellbeing, recovery and coaching and is co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing. In 2013 he was awarded an Australian Government citation for outstanding contribution to student learning. Lindsay currently consults to the Australian and NSW Mental Health Commission on areas related to wellbeing and recovery. Lindsay's application of wellbeing ranges from individuals, mental health systems, to educational institutions, workplaces and liveable cities.
The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand’s Working Wellbeing program is delivered by experienced organisational development specialists, and includes presentations and workshops to support and improve mental wellbeing.
Annika Howells is Positive Psychology specialist and wellbeing consultant. She has a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology with distinction, from the University of East London. Annika is an experienced mental health professional with a passion for being proactive about wellbeing investment. She operates a boutique consultancy and works with individuals and organisations in the UK and Australia to enhance wellbeing, performance and mindfulness. She has presented her work on sustainability at international conferences and is currently publishing research on using smartphone apps to make people happier. She is a Science Associate for Headspace (UK) and also works with the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne.
Umbrella is a specialist resilience training provider for workplace interventions. Resilience is the ability to adapt, recover and thrive during adversity, change and daily life. Developed from current scientific research and best practice evidence Umbrella’s material ensures that training is up to date and effective. To optimise the maximum effect of their training Umbrella solely employs registered clinical psychologists as facilitators. Clinical psychologists are specifically trained to help people successfully manage and regulate their emotional, cognitive and behavioural responses to effect long term change. Through their unique and proven training materials, emphasis on practical skills and tools, expert facilitators and multiple delivery modes, Umbrella gives people the greatest opportunity to build their individual and teams’ resilience in both their personal and professional lives.
The Positivity Institute (PI) is a positively deviant organisation dedicated to the research and application of wellbeing science for life, school and work. PI’s BHAG (big, hairy, audacious goal) is to create flourishing lives and increase the wellbeing of the world! PI enables this by providing evidence-based positive psychological services and programs aimed at enhancing wellbeing, resilience and peak performance of individuals, groups, schools, organisations and communities. The PI Team are leading experts and practitioners in the scientific fields of Positive Psychology, Coaching Psychology and Positive Organisational Scholarship. PI is also strongly committed to the promotion of scientific research and is affiliated with leading academic institutions including the Institute of Positive Psychology & Education, Australian Catholic University and the Institute of WellBeing, Cambridge University.
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Mary Gillford is an experienced organisational consultant with Masters in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, and PhD in the topic of workplace stress and eustress. Mary consults privately to organisations in London and the EU, and specialises in wellbeing and resilience programmes.