Faculty Members

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. Robert Diener, Adjunct Lecturer, Positive Psychologist

  • PhD. Philosophy, University of Tromso, 2009
  • MSc. Clinical Psychology, Pacific University, 1999
  • BA. Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College, 1994
  • Certified Mentor Coach (CMC), MentorCoach
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation (ICF)


Acclaimed as the “Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology”, Dr. Robert Diener is one of the world’s leading experts in the study of positive psychology and well-being. He has written and published over 50 academic articles and books on positive emotions and happiness. Some of his key publications such as Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching (2010) are in the top ten best selling psychology books in amazon. In addition, Robert is a dynamic trainer in positive psychology that is known for his storytelling acumen. Several multi-national corporations such as the Standard Charted Bank, Samsung and the Singapore Civil Service College have been engaged with Robert. Being a module leader at The School of Positive Psychology, he has also trained professionals from Kaiser Permanente and Ruby Receptionists. Robert has presented keynote lectures, panels and other presentations to groups ranging from medical doctors, financial planners to social service workers. His work in positive psychology has created an omnipresent surrounding in the world of psychology. Till this day, Robert is a frequent guest speaker at TEDtalks, a highly influential non-profit organization that posts talks online with topics often concerned with scientific, cultural and academic topic. Beyond his duties as an author, trainer and speaker, Robert is also a vivacious coach in positive psychology. This has led him to his mission as the managing director of Positive Acorn, a consultancy agency for trainers and business coaches.



Dr. Evelyn Rosset, Adjunct Lecturer, Positive Psychologist

  • PhD. Psychology, Boston University, 2007
  • MA. Psychology, Boston University, 2001
  • MSc. Cognitive Science, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 1997
  • BA, Wellesley College, 1995


Dr Evelyn Rosset is an international expert in the science of social connection, with a focus on the interdependence between individual wellbeing and social wellbeing. A research psychologist by training, Evie has worked in world-renowned labs in a diverse range of disciplines, including cognitive science, behavioural economics and social psychology. This broad background is evident in her teaching and training in positive psychology, where she draws on multiple disciplines for a unique balance of breadth and depth, of theory and practical applications. Originally from Boston and now living in France, Evie has taught in universities and post-graduate programmes in the US and Europe. Driven by the conviction that individual well-being and social well-being go hand in hand, Evie has recently created the MAAC Lab, a non-profit organization designed to develop social connection and prosocial behavior in individuals, groups, and institutions.


Dr. Gregor Lange, Adjunct Lecturer, Clinical Psychologist

  • PhD. Psychological Sciences. Clinical Psychology, University College Dublin, 2003
  • MSc. Applied Psychology, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, 1999
  • BA. (Hons) Psychology, University College Dublin, 1998


Dr. Gregor Lange is a German-born, Irish and American trained psychologist. He has been working with children, families, couples and individual adults with a variety of problems for more than 10 years. His work includes helping diverse people deal with difficult emotions, family and relationship problems, stress, and other psychological or behavioural difficulties. Besides lecturing in various universities and training institutes, Gregor also provides clinical supervision and other trainings or consultations on request.


Dr. John Davison, Adjunct Lecturer, Clinical Psychologist

  • PhD. Clinical Psychology, The University of Auckland, 2009
  • BSc. (Hons) Clinical Psychology, The University of Auckland, 2005
  • BSc. Psychology and Biology, The University of Auckland, 2005


Dr. John Davison is a New Zealand registered Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist. In the past, he has worked in clinical and research positions within New Zealand and Australia. His clinical work has primarily been with adults and older adults, both in mental health and neuropsychological settings. His research has focused on development and implementation of neuropsychological assessments. Whilst he currently does not have any research projects active, his research interests include: clinical and cognitive biomarkers for dementias, psychosocial changes associated with ageing and dementia, cross-cultural adaptation of therapeutic models, and clinical supervision.



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. 



Dr. Christopher Fong, Adjunct Lecturer, Counsellor 

  • PhD. Professional Studies, The University of Southern Queensland, 2015
  • MA. Counselling Psychology, The University of Southern Queensland, 2004
  • BSc. Psychology, The University of Southern Queensland, 2004


International multi award winning orchestra conductor and leader turned psychologist, Dr. Christopher brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from a concert hall to the corporate boardroom. From advising organizations to mentoring leaders with his rich experience as a Strategic Leader, he brings about organizational and personal excellence. Christopher is also the author and module chair for the multicultural issues in counseling, a core program for the honors and postgraduate school at the Singapore Institute of Management University (UniSIM). Today, many of his academic courseware are used and taught in universities in Australia and the United States. Some of his clients include Barclays, Inter-Continental Hotel Group, Singapore Police Force and Hitachi.



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.


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.


Laurence Ho, Senior Lecturer, Psychotherapist

  • MA. Applied Psychology, National Institute of Education, 2000
  • B.Bus. Human Resource Management, Nanyang Technological University, 1995
  • GDip. Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Academy of Human Development, 2002


Laurence is a Certified Solution Focused Therapist under the Canadian Council of Professional Certification as well as Certified Practicing Counsellor under the Australian Counselling Association. He is an approved Clinical Supervisor under the Singapore Association for Counselling and accredited administrator of several instrument such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis. Laurence’s expertise is in families, couples, children, youths, marital, parenting, domestic violence, sexual abuse, interpersonal and mental health issues. He is also involved in providing school-based counselling, facilitating youth-related workshops and specialised therapeutic group work for individuals struggling with infidelity and anger management issues.



Joy Hou, Adjunct Lecturer, Psychologist

  • MA. Applied Psychology, Nanyang Technological University-NIE, 2010
  • BSc. Psychology, University of Southern Queensland, 2003
  • BSc. Dip Education, Nanyang Technological University, 2000
  • Dip. Counselling and Communication, Australian College of Applied Psychology, 2002
  • Certified DISC Behavioural Consultant, Institute for Motivational Living Inc.


Joy Hou is a counselling psychologist who takes a special interest in the mental and emotional well-being of individuals. Her work experience includes providing counselling for individuals who seek emotional and psychological support.  She has worked in both clinical as well as non-clinical settings, including schools, voluntary welfare organizations and the Institute of Mental Health.  In addition, Joy currently conducts mental health-related talks and workshops in schools, corporations and community organisations.


Kazuo Koya, Adjunct Lecturer, Consultant

  • MBA.  International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management, 1993
  • BA. Spanish, Kanagawa University, 1989
  • Meta-Coach, Sydney Australia
  • NLP Trainer & Consultant, NLP University at University of California


Kazuo Koya is an experienced Consultant, Coach and Facilitator. He is a founding member of Gallup Japan (1995) and the Director of Japan Positive Psychology Association (JPPA). During his tenure at Gallup, he worked as a strategic consultant developing the leadership program for managers and strength-based organizations by applying Strength Finder and Employee Engagement Diagnostics. Kazuo is bicultural and bilingual, with working experience in the United States from 1999-2003 as a Marketing Manager. Kazuo also has consulting experience with numerous multinational organisations in Japan.


Jeslyn Lim, Adjunct Lecturer, Psychologist

  • MEd. Developmental Psychology, National Institute of Education, 2016
  • BA. Psychology, Murdoch University, 2012
  • Dip. Applied Psychology, Southern Cross International College, 2007


As a psychologist and a hypnotherapist, Jeslyn specialises in clinical assessment and program, Individual Behavioural Plan (IBP) development, clinical supervision and clinical meetings with parents. On top of that, Jeslyn also works closely with clients to achieve individualised learning goals progressively. She has spent years in the private sectors in management level to ensure employees’ well-being by performing conflict resolution, and providing counselling services. She developed therapeutic interventions to promote motivation and heighten work morale as well as work ethics. With her extensive background in the service and education sectors, she had attained opportunities to work with disadvantaged and disenfranchised children, youth, as well as adults (with specialty in the psychological dysfunction, intellectually disabled individuals and their families). As such, she is equipped to share her experiences and know-how with her students and the public alike. 


Edwin Tan, Adjunct Lecturer, Counsellor

  • M.Soc.Sc. Counselling, Edith Cowan University, 2004
  • BA. Social Work and Statistics, National University of Singapore, 1998
  • GDip. Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Academy of Human Development, 2001


Edwin has over 14 years of experience working with families, couples, and adolescents. He is a passionate and dynamic trainer whose expertise ranges from conducting academic courses to personal development programmes for adult learners. He has taught a wide range of courses at government and private organisations, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Edwin uses metaphors and stories extensively to make his workshops interesting and practical for his clients. He is often described as an enthusiastic facilitator and many participants have found his workshops to be interesting and fun. He is appointed as a Registered Supervisor of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Associate Examiner for the Canadian Council of Professional Certification.


  

Quek Swee Kim, Adjunct Lecturer, Counselling Practitioner

  • MA. Guidance and Counselling Psychology, James Cook University, Present
  • BSc. Psychology, University of Southern Queensland, 2006
  • Dip. Sociology and Social Welfare, Adams State College, 2005
  • Master Practitioner in NLP- American Board of NLP, USA 


Kim has worked extensively with students of divergent capacities and age groups, including adult learners. Her passion in nurturing young minds has enabled her continued dedication in the early childhood sector as she is currently working towards completing her Masters in Guidance & Counselling. She is a Certified trainer in Public Speaking for children and has also trained children in the areas of Cognitive and Literacy development.  Having found the vision and mission of the School of Positive Psychology in Singapore as truly contributing to the life supporting values of psycho-education, she is delighted and excited to be returning to The School of Positive Psychology in a teaching capacity.  Her areas of interest include Philosophy, Spirituality, Existentialism, Quantum Physics, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Consciousness studies. 


Priscilla Lee, Adjunct Lecturer, Psychologist

  • MA. Applied Psychology, Nanyang Technological University, 2010
  • BSc. Psychology, Monash University, 2007
  • Dip. Computer Networking Technology, Singapore Polytechnic, 2005


Priscilla is an experienced counselling psychologist who has worked with children, youths and families across a range of emotional and behavioral issues. She is also passionate at coaching executives and conducting talks for schools and multinational companies, as well as a Certified MBTI® Practitioner. In her counselling practice, Priscilla is trained in many modes of therapies such as Solution Focus Brief Therapy, Restorative Practices and Reality Therapy, and uses an integrative approach with her clients. Priscilla is an adjunct lecturer for diploma and undergraduate students, and in her free time, trains volunteers for non-profit groups and consults for not for profit organisations.


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.


Tara Schofield, Adjunct Lecturer, Coach

  • PGDip. Positive Organisational Psychology and Leadership, The School of Positive Psychology, Present
  • GDip. Positive Psychology, The School of Positive Psychology, 2013
  • BA. Psychology, Univesity of Sydney, 2002


Tara Schofield is one of our graduates from the School of Positive Psychology Graduate Diploma of Positive Psychology. She comes from a Human Resources Management and Training background, with strong international experience in NGO’s, Education, Retail, Government and Corporate workplaces. Tara’s passion is helping people to realize their full potential, both personally and professionally. Tara is mother of two active children and uses positive parenting principles to enrich her family’s well-being. Being a gregarious learner, she is currently pursuing a master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) as she constantly believes in growing and excelling. Beyond her own academic success, Tara is highly engaged in the education of Positive Psychology and study of resilience. Tara endeavors to connect individuals to become a better version of themselves and has embarked on a special mission to bring positive psychology to greater heights. Tara is undoubtedly skilled in the areas of training, having conducted workshops on resilience building and emotional intelligence for corporate companies and schools. Students have described her as a highly relevant speaker with an energetic personality that can brighten up any room she walks in.



Deborah Thurley, Adjunct Lecturer

  • PGDip, Positive Organisational Psychology and Leadership, The School of Positive Psychology
  • GDip, Applied Positive Psychology, The School of Positive Psychology
  • Mindfulness & Meditation Trainer
  • Svastha Yoga Instructor


Deborah is one of our graduates currently working towards her Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP).  Originally from a corporate background in London, she is a qualified meditation and mindfulness trainer and lecturer with many years of teaching and mentoring experience, offering mindfulness workshops and tailored mindfulness programs to organizations, institutions and schools.  As a mother of three teenagers, mindfulness, meditation and yoga have been the bedrock for her psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing and help keep her centred, balanced and calm. She integrates mindfulness with positive psychology and ispassionate aboutsharing and teaching what she has learned for herself - how to create a life of great value, a life filled with love, happiness, peace, joy and appreciation.  Deborah is an engaging, experienced instructor and her teaching style is clear and concise. She lives, works and celebrates in Singapore.



Alexandria Oh Soong Ching, Adjunct Lecturer, Psychology Trainer

  • BSc. (Hons) Psychology, Michigan State University, 2007


Alexandra is a qualified Psychology Trainer and is well rounded in the area of Positive Psychology. As a psychologist, Alexandra developed mental well-being talks and workshops for corporate company workplace health programs. She has incorporated Positive Psychology in all of her mental well-being services in order to allow individuals to flourish and is supported and funded by the Health Promotion Board of Singapore. Alexandra is also a working counselor that conducts clinical counseling and coaching session with individual clients. Her work as a psychologist has given her many informative experiences, ranging from the Singapore Prison Service to the Fitness & Health International Corporation. Staff training is one of the many services Alexandra has provided to the Singapore Prison Service’s units, to enhance their worker’s resilience and emotional capacity. In addition to being an established trainer and psychologist, Alexandra’s eclectic career in Psychology has also led to her occupation as a behavioral therapist in Michigan, the United States. During her time as a therapist, she has worked with a wide range of patients stemming from traumatic brain injury patients to autistic children.