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Professor Felicia Huppert

Professor Felicia Huppert

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 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).


  • policies to enhance well-being
  • positive ageing
  • the measurement of well-being
  • gene-environment interactions