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Lea Waters
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Dr Lea Waters is a psychology researcher at the University of Melbourne, where she has worked for over 20 years. She is the founding Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology, and is a registered psychologist with the AHPRA and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is recognised as a world expert on positive parenting, positive education and positive organisations and has affiliate research positions with Cambridge University and the University of Michigan. Dr Waters is the President-Elect of the International Positive Psychology Association and has been listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World since 2009. She was listed as one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Financial Review and Westpac Bank.

Dr Waters is on the Board of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Board and is the Ambassador for Australia’s Positive Education Schools Association. She featured in the ABC TV documentary Revolution School and is regularly featured in newspapers and on radio. Her TEDx talk focuses on how we can spread positive messages through social media.

Her Positive Detective school program is being used in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Finland, Ghana, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Her Visible Wellbeing™ program is being run in schools across Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria in both the state and independent education systems.

Books by Lea Waters

The Strength Switch

Unlock your children’s potential by helping them build their strengths.

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The Strength Switch

What are your children's strengths? Lea Waters' new book, THE STRENGTH SWITCH, will show you how to unlock your children’s potential by helping them build their strengths.

The Strength Switch – Thankful Thursdays

Lea Waters discusses the practice of being thankful on Thursdays in her new book THE STRENGTH SWITCH.

The Strength Switch – Flipping the Switch

Unlock your children’s potential by helping them build their strengths with Lea Waters' THE STRENGTH SWITCH.

Elements of strength

Lea Waters offers some signposts to identifying your children’s strengths.

Accentuate the positive

Lea Waters’ tips on talking about your child’s weaknesses.