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Positive Fridays!

Building a Positive Community

The purpose of Positive Fridays (affectionately called "TGIPF" for short) is to build community and share research knowledge among the positive psychology master’s and doctoral students in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University.

About one Friday a month during the academic year, faculty, students, and invited guests will gather and discuss cutting edge research and application in the field of Positive Psychology.

Organizing Team

Faculty Leaders

2012 - 2013 TGIPF Fellows

The TGIPF Fellows are selected each year by the positive psychology faculty prior to the start of the Fall semester. Fellows will serve for one full year and complete a variety of duties in support of the TGIPF program.

Participating Faculty

Schedule: Fall 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Positive Community Meet-and-Greet
Room: ACB 214
12:30 - 1:30 PM
“Get to know your fellow positive classmates, learn about what Positive Fridays are and learn what we will be doing this semester!”


Friday, October 19, 2012

Panel Discussion: "Civic Engagement"
Room: ACB 214
12:30 – 1:30 PM
“A fantastic selection of panelists with expertise in different aspects of civic engagement will speak about how, why, and what civic engagement is, with bonus questions about the upcoming presidential election.”

Friday, November 16, 2012

Positive Psych and Entrepreneurship
Room: ACB 214
12:30 - 1:30 PM

“A special session co-hosted with the Drucker EVC club aimed at positive practices in the business world. Come to learn, come to observe, come to compete - may the best practices win!”

Friday, December 7, 2012

Au Revoir, Fall Semester – A Final Savoring event
Room: ACB 214
12:30 - 1:30 PM

“Come to relax with the art of savoring as we help hit the refresh button on your spirit just in time for final exams. If you don't know what savoring is, don't worry. Just trust us when we say - it's one of life's most delicious practices!”


Previous Positive Fridays

Friday, September 30, 2011

"The Past, Present and Future of Positive Fridays"
Room: Albrecht Auditorium
12 ~ 1 PM


Friday, November 4, 2011

Panel Discussion: "Leader Development and Positive Psychology in Practice"
Room: Burkle 16
11:30 ~ 1 PM
Co-Sponsored with the Org Talks program


Friday, December 2, 2011

Guest Speaker
Dr. Reed Larson: Beyond the Individual: Peer Interactions as a Forum of Positive Development
Room: Albrecht Auditorium
12 ~ 1:30 PM

Dr. Larson is Former President of the Society for Research on Adolescence and is a lifespan scholar who has done influential work on adolescent daily life and development, the family, and aging, including both basic and applied research. His research, supported by NIH, NIMH, and NICHD, has been summarized in scores of articles in Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Applied Developmental Psychology, and the major adolescence journals, and books including Being Adolescent and Divergent Realities.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Guest Speaker
Paul Zak: Neuroeconomics Meets Positive Psychology
Room: Burkle 12

Dr. Paul J. Zak is a scientist, prolific author, entrepreneur, TV personality, and public speaker. He is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Guest Speaker
Mashi Rahmani: Application of Positive Psychology in the Workplace
12-2 PM
Room: Burkle 12

Mashi Rahmani is founder and CEO of MMC, Inc., a pioneer in Human Resources Outsourcing servicing healthcare and professional clients. Founded in 1983, MMC has been at the forefront of human resource outsourcing providing its Innovative Management Approach for professionals.  Mr. Rahmani began his career at NASA in project management during the Apollo-Soyuz and Space Shuttle era. In addition to his work with UCLA, Mr. Rahmani is a Colleague of Claremont Graduate University and sits on it's Board of Trustees.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Student-led Discussions
11:45 - 1 PM
Location: ACB 214


Friday, May 6, 2011

Celebration and Poster Session
4 - 6 PM
Location: ACB 214

  • Show off your Positive Psychology Poster with a chance to win a prize
  • Mingle and learn about your colleagues ideas for research and application of Positive Psychology
  • Celebrate the end of the semester with wine and cheese


Friday, October 8, 1:00-2:30 pmGuest Speaker
James Avey: Positive Psychological Capital
Room Burkle 12

James Avey, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management and Management in the Department of Management at Central Washington University. Dr. Avey is the Director of the Northwest Center for Organizational Research (NWCOR), which exists to advance the understanding, practice and development of managerial leadership methods that are both ethical and optimal for organizational performance. Professor Avey is the recipient of several research and teaching awards.

Lunch provided by TGIPF.


Friday, November 5, 12:00-1:30 pm

Student Presentations
Room Burkle 12

  • Michael Warren: Effects of Relational Meditation on Well-Being in Older Adults
  • Ryan Merlin: An Organizational Model for Promoting Positive Health Behavior Change
  • Ia Ko: Studying and Applying Positive Psychology Without Talking Positive Psychology

Brown Bag lunch. Light snacks provided.


Friday, November 19, 12:15-1:15 pm

Guest speaker: 
Dr. Shane Lopez of the Gallup Organization: The Economics of Wellbeing
Room Burkle 16

Dr. Shane J. Lopez examines the measurement of wellbeing (youth and adult) as well as its economic implications.

Dr.  Lopez is Senior Scientist in Residence at the Gallup Organization and Resident Director of the Clifton Strengths School. He specializes in hope and strengths enhancement for students from preschool through college graduation, advocating a whole-school strengths model that also builds the strengths expertise of educators, parents, and youth development organizations. He was also architect of the Gallup Student Poll.