Lea Waters

Lea Waters, Ph.D., is an academic researcher, psychologist, author, and speaker who specializes in positive education, parenting, and organizations. Professor Waters is the founding director and inaugural Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne, where she has held an academic position for 22 years and published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters.

Her book, The Strength Switch: How the New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish, was the top release on Amazon in the parenting category, was listed in Top Reads for 2017 by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and was listed in the Top Five Books on Happiness for Children in the UK’s Top Five site.

Lea and her work are regularly featured in the media including the Wall Street Journal, TIME.com magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Globe (Toronto), The Guardian (U.K.), The Age (Australia), Live Happy magazine, SUCCESS magazine, and more. Lea’s TEDx talk, Warning: Being Positive Is Not for the Faint-Hearted!, exploring how small positive steps can make a big impact on the well-being of ourselves and others, has been viewed more than 100,000 times.