Andrea Downie


Andrea is the cofounding/director of Project Thrive and teaches at The University of Melbourne in the Centre for Positive Psychology. Andrea has diverse experience, particularly in the field of education, as a primary classroom teacher, school leader of Wellbeing, Learning Enhancement, Technology, Gifted Education and a Deputy Principal. She has a strong passion for the wellbeing and optimal functioning of individuals and groups and presents regularly on personalising learning, metacognition, well-being science, neuroscience and the application of positive psychology in education. Andrea has also been a Trade Marketing Manager working Nationally within one of the world’s largest and most successful privately owned companies, Mars, where she was first introduced to the Positive Psychology scientific study of strengths. She has a Bachelor Degree majoring in Psychology, a Postgraduate Bachelor of Education, Certificate of Gifted Education and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne.


Talk Summary

Using Positive Psychology to Create Eco-Systems of Well-being

Despite more promotion of well-being and prevention of mental illness than ever before, in many countries around the world the mental health crisis continues to rise. The World Health Organisations predicts that by 2030 depression will be the most prevalent disease globally. We are complex beings apart of increasingly complex systems and the environment that our young people reside in must be considered. This session will share the latest well-being science from the field of positive psychology and discuss the rise of its application in education and other fields globally.