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Professor Felicia Huppert is internationally renowned for her work on the science of well-being and the promotion of human flourishing. Her work is unusual in that it brings together traditional approaches from cognitive psychology and neuropsychology with a population perspective derived from epidemiology. Working with outstanding colleagues across a variety of disciplines she has been able to integrate her work on well-being with an understanding of underlying physiological mechanisms, gene-environment interactions, and the role of the social context. Felicia also advises governments and international bodies on the measurement of well-being, and on policies to enhance well-being.

Her research examines the causes and consequences of well-being, using data from large population samples, longitudinal cohorts, and intervention programs. Felicia’s current research focuses on four main areas: major studies of the effects of mindfulness training for both teachers and students (; a Templeton funded project on well-being and compassionate care in a healthcare setting; analysis of the effects of the global financial crisis on well-being across Europe; and development of a psychometrically robust multi-dimensional measure of subjective well-being to guide research and policy.

In addition to numerous published papers, her edited books include the seminal publication The Science of Well-Being (OUP, 2005), a four-volume set Major Works in Happiness and Well-Being (Routledge, 2011) and Interventions and Policies to Enhance Well-Being (Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2014).

Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Director of the Well-being Institute at the University of Cambridge,
Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University
Professor Felicia  Huppert
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Person keywords: 
policies to enhance well-being
positive ageing
the measurement of well-being
gene-environment interactions