Professor Lea Waters (PhD) is an Australian academic, researcher, psychologist, author, and speaker who specializes in positive education, parenting, and organizations.
Professor Waters holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is the first Australian to be appointed a Professorship in Positive Psychology and is the Founding Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology. She is a researcher and has held an academic position at the University of Melbourne for more than 20 years. Lea holds affiliate positions at Cambridge University’s Well-Being Institute and the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations.
Lea is the 2017-2018 President of the International Positive Psychology Association. She is a registered psychologist (AHPRA) and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is on the Advisory Board for the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and is the Ambassador for the Positive Education Schools Association.