Lea Waters, A.M., Ph.D., is an academic researcher, psychologist, author, and speaker who specializes in positive education, parenting, and organizations. Professor Waters is the author of the Visible Wellbeing elearning program that is being used by schools across the globe to foster social and emotional elearning. 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 24 years. Her acclaimed book The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish was listed as a top read by the Greater Good Science Center in 2017.
Professor Waters 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.