Academic Board

Dr. Ilona Boniwell, Adjunct Lecturer, Positive Psychologist

  • PhD. Philosophy, The Open University, 2006
  • BSc. (Hons) Psychology, The Open University, 2000
  • Dip. Coaching, Newcastle College, 2005
  • Dip. Health & Social Welfare, The Open University, 2000
  • Dip. Psychology, University of Latvia, 1995


Dr. Ilona Boniwell is the programme leader for the first Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), the first postgraduate degree in positive psychology in Europe. Ilona founded and was the first Chair of the European Network of Positive Psychology (ENPP), and was subsequently the member of its Steering Committee for many years. She organised the first European Congress of Positive Psychology in June 2002 (Winchester), starting a successful tradition of bi-annual events. She was the first Vice-Chair of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and has been continuingly the member of its Board of Directors since 2007. Ilona is on the Board of Directors for the Francophone Association for the Development of Leadership, on the Expert Advisory Board for the Action for Happiness, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Society of Arts and the Wellington College, the first ever secondary school to teach well-being lessons. Her works have also appeared on The Figaro, Guardian, Times, Observer, Psychologies, Top Sante and Cosmopolitan articles and interviews, as well as radio and TV interviews for BBC 24, BBC London and other channels. Ilona is passionate about practical applications of positive psychology to business, education and one-to-one helping-by-talking practices. In addition, Ilona has also consulted organisations and educational institutions around the globe as a director of Positran, a boutique consultancy specialising in the applications of evidence-based methodologies to achieve lasting positive transformation. Currently, she holds a post of Honorary Principal Lecture at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.



Dr. Glenn Cory Graves, Adjunct Lecturer, Psychotherapist

  • PhD. Psychology, Saybrook University, 2006
  • MA. Psychology, Saybrook University, 2002
  • BA. Human Development, California State University, 1997

Dr. Glenn is an innovative thinker with broad based expertise in counselling individuals, couples, families and communities in crisis. He has over 13 years experiences, in counselling in Southeast Asia. On top of his academic qualifications, Dr. Glenn is also trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Hypnotherapy, Sex Addiction Therapy, Focus Pre-Marital, Gottman Method and National Organisation for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Crisis Response. In addition, Dr. Glenn is also frequently involved in radio, print or other media related activities as well as leading workshops within the local community. He has also contributed to books on the topic of PTSD in combat victims and victims of sex trafficking, and has worked with these victims, introducing theories from art therapy, narrative therapy, Qigong meditation, dream working and group work. 



Choong Soo Lin, Adjunct Lecturer, Positive Psychology Coach 

  • MSc. Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • BSc. Psychology, Upper Iowa University, 2005
  • B.Econs. Accounting, Finance and Organisational Behavior, Monash University, 1981


Sulynn is a Positive Change Strategist / Executive Coach, partnering with CEOs of corporations to energise and build positive productive workplaces, and help executives to find a sense of balance through leveraging inner strengths and developing effective strategies for excellence an high performance. Her lifelong passion is to help people find meaning and fulfillment at work, and in their daily lives. She believes that strength-based change management founded on positivity and resilience makes the difference to individuals and organisations. 

Sulynn founded the Asian Center for Applied Positive Psychology and acts as its Chief Engagement Officer. She is a Charter Member of the International Positive Psychology Association, a Visiting Scholar at University of Pennsylvania, as well as a member of International Coach Federation and International Psychological Type Association. Sulynn's research focuses on the nature and nurture of individual positive traits, character strengths and virtues, personality and psychological type, and their behavioural manifestations. Her current interest is in leveraging applications of neuroscience in building people, enabling organisations and enriching lives.



Yeo Sha-En, Adjunct Lecturer, Consultant Psychologist

  • MSc. Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • PGD. Education, Nanyang Technological University, 2004
  • BSc. (Hons) Psychology, University of London, 2003


Sha-En Yeo is the first Singaporean graduate of the prestigious Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founder of education consulting firm Positive Education, where she designs and delivers programs, as well as provides consultation for academic institutions such as Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong Institution in the area of positive psychology and well-being. Beyond the education sector, Sha-En is also a personal coach and speaker, working with government organizations such as Health Promotion Board and Singapore Prison Service. She has also appeared on radio and tv, sharing her passion for positive psychology.



Claire Ong, Adjunct Lecturer, Consultant Psychologist

  • MSc. Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
  • B.Soc.Sc. Psychology and Organizational Behavior Human Resource, Singapore Management University, 2011 
  • Certified Coach in Ontological Couching, Newfield Network

As the co-founder of children and youth organization, Groundworks, Claire is in charge of designing emotional learning and character educational programs for youth and children. At Groundworks, Claire also delivers coaching programs for teachers and mentors alike at Hwa Chong International School, as well as conducting one to one coaching session with youth and their parents. Being an experienced coach, Claire is inclined towards helping others flourish in both their professional and personal relationships. Her time as a consultant executive in organizational development has allowed her to conduct and facilitate training sessions on coaching and leadership. Having worked in the National Youth Council (NYC), Claire was in charge of corporate development and the implementation of their holistic Employee Engagement Framework. This includes the promotion of learning and innovation, a vital part of a working organizational culture. As such, Claire is an exceptional leader in the field of coaching and mentorship as well as excelling in organizational behavior learning modules. 



 

Ong Chin Leng, Adjunct Lecturer, Positive Psychology Practitioner

  • PGD. Education, Nanyang Institute of Education, 2014
  • MSc. Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • BSc. (Hons) Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Nayang Technological University, 2012

Chin Leng is an educator and a personal growth architect. His passion lies in transforming lives through holistic person-centric approaches that unleash the best in individuals according to their unique life gifts and circumstances. Drawn by the desire to discover what a flourishing life entails, he pursued a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania right after his science undergraduate education. Chin Leng espouses a life mission of “. He does this by combining his life experiences as a practitioner with the science of positive psychology in his teaching and training.



Lam Chee Kum, Senior Lecturer, Psychotherapist

  • BA. Psychology and Sociology, National University of Singapore, 1996


Chee Kum is a senior lecturer and supervisor for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), he has contributed to international publications Clinical Dementia Rating: Experience of a multi-racial Asian population and Depression in Dementia: A comparative and validation study of four brief scales in the elderly Chinese. Previously working as a Neuro Psychologist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Chee Kum is a knowledgeable practitioner with ample experience who shares his wisdom with his students and tries his best to clear their doubts to the best of his ability.

Examination Board

Dr. Ilona Boniwell, Adjunct Lecturer, Positive Psychologist

  • PhD. Philosophy, The Open University, 2006
  • BSc. (Hons) Psychology, The Open University, 2000
  • Dip. Coaching, Newcastle College, 2005
  • Dip. Health & Social Welfare, The Open University, 2000
  • Dip. Psychology, University of Latvia, 1995


Dr. Ilona Boniwell is the programme leader for the first Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), the first postgraduate degree in positive psychology in Europe. Ilona founded and was the first Chair of the European Network of Positive Psychology (ENPP), and was subsequently the member of its Steering Committee for many years. She organised the first European Congress of Positive Psychology in June 2002 (Winchester), starting a successful tradition of bi-annual events. She was the first Vice-Chair of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and has been continuingly the member of its Board of Directors since 2007. Ilona is on the Board of Directors for the Francophone Association for the Development of Leadership, on the Expert Advisory Board for the Action for Happiness, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Society of Arts and the Wellington College, the first ever secondary school to teach well-being lessons. Her works have also appeared on The Figaro, Guardian, Times, Observer, Psychologies, Top Sante and Cosmopolitan articles and interviews, as well as radio and TV interviews for BBC 24, BBC London and other channels. Ilona is passionate about practical applications of positive psychology to business, education and one-to-one helping-by-talking practices. In addition, Ilona has also consulted organisations and educational institutions around the globe as a director of Positran, a boutique consultancy specialising in the applications of evidence-based methodologies to achieve lasting positive transformation. Currently, she holds a post of Honorary Principal Lecture at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.



Choong Soo Lin, Adjunct Lecturer, Positive Psychology Coach 

  • MSc. Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • BSc. Psychology, Upper Iowa University, 2005
  • B.Econs. Accounting, Finance and Organisational Behavior, Monash University, 1981


Sulynn is a Positive Change Strategist / Executive Coach, partnering with CEOs of corporations to energise and build positive productive workplaces, and help executives to find a sense of balance through leveraging inner strengths and developing effective strategies for excellence an high performance. Her lifelong passion is to help people find meaning and fulfillment at work, and in their daily lives. She believes that strength-based change management founded on positivity and resilience makes the difference to individuals and organisations. 

Sulynn founded the Asian Center for Applied Positive Psychology and acts as its Chief Engagement Officer. She is a Charter Member of the International Positive Psychology Association, a Visiting Scholar at University of Pennsylvania, as well as a member of International Coach Federation and International Psychological Type Association. Sulynn's research focuses on the nature and nurture of individual positive traits, character strengths and virtues, personality and psychological type, and their behavioural manifestations. Her current interest is in leveraging applications of neuroscience in building people, enabling organisations and enriching lives.



 

Ong Chin Leng, Adjunct Lecturer, Positive Psychology Practitioner

  • PGD. Education, Nanyang Institute of Education, 2014
  • MSc. Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • BSc. (Hons) Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Nayang Technological University, 2012

Chin Leng is an educator and a personal growth architect. His passion lies in transforming lives through holistic person-centric approaches that unleash the best in individuals according to their unique life gifts and circumstances. Drawn by the desire to discover what a flourishing life entails, he pursued a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania right after his science undergraduate education. Chin Leng espouses a life mission of “. He does this by combining his life experiences as a practitioner with the science of positive psychology in his teaching and training.



Lam Chee Kum, Senior Lecturer, Psychotherapist

  • BA. Psychology and Sociology, National University of Singapore, 1996


Chee Kum is a senior lecturer and supervisor for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), he has contributed to international publications Clinical Dementia Rating: Experience of a multi-racial Asian population and Depression in Dementia: A comparative and validation study of four brief scales in the elderly Chinese. Previously working as a Neuro Psychologist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Chee Kum is a knowledgeable practitioner with ample experience who shares his wisdom with his students and tries his best to clear their doubts to the best of his ability.