Dr Margaret (Peggy) Kern is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. She recently relocated to Australia from the United States, after spending four years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Dr Kern received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside.
She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles along with numerous book chapters. Her research examines the question of who flourishes in life (physically, mentally, and socially), why, and what enhances or hinders healthy life trajectories. Her studies include well-being measurement; big data approaches to psychological study; and long data approaches for testing sophisticated theories of psychosocial processes underlying health and wellbeing over time.