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Elaine O’Brien

 

Member profile details

First name
Elaine
Last name
O’Brien
 

Personal information

Bio
Dr. Elaine O'Brien MAPP, 2008 and PhD, 2015 is a Positive Project Manager, Positive Psychology, Performance, and Fitness Educator, Writer and Professional Speaker and Designer. Elaine has taught courses for Temple University, University of Penn, University of the Sciences, Point Loma University, and Brookdale Community College.

A webinar, workshop and symposium presenter, Elaine speaks on on topics including Positive Health, Joy in Medicine, Positive Emotion And Meaning in Motion, Training the Trainer, the Power of Gratitude, Mind, Body and Soul Fitness and Positive Aging for the American Psychological Association, European Conferences on Positive Psychology, IPPA, Canada Positive Psychology Assocation, CAPP, China Positive Psychology Conferences, and for University of Lisbon, Portugal MAPP.

Elaine has also presented for the Wholebeing Institute, Dr. Michelle McQuaid, and appeared Dr. Tal Ben Shahar’s “Happier TV” show. Elaine hosted a cable television show, “Fitness with Elaine.”

A leader of IPPA's Positive Health and Wellness Division, Elaine is host of the IPPA PH&W Webinar Series and an Associate Editor of the The IPPA Chronicle of Positive Health and Wellness.

Elaine continues to build positive communities through her award winning Dance/Fitness training program. In 1991, Elaine was invited by the State of New Jersey to create an intervention to reduce alcoholism and drug abuse. This program, still in force, raises up Social Fitness, Well-Being Connections, and Positive Determination among its participants. Further, qualitative research has determined there is a “legacy effect” that has transferred across generations.
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Professional Information

Employer
Elaine O’Brien, PhD
Job title
Founder
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Primary Focus
Connecting and enriching people to positive determination, their strong bodies, and each other. Lifting up performance: positive mental, physical, and soul health in people, communities, companies, colleges and universities. Reducing the risk of loneliness and despair.
Primary Focus Details
(Positive) Psychology of Human Movement. Temple University Kinesiology Fellowship/Instructor.

Positive Project Management

Positive Movement as Therapy, Older Adults, Women's Health and Fitness, Appreciative Community Dance Exercise, Dance for the Non-Dancer, Motivation and Positive Determination and Performance at Home, Work, Sport and Play.

Temple University Doctoral Dissertation: "Positive, Active, Older, but Youthful Women and "FitDance: Uplifting Motivation and Adherence in Community Dance Exercise
Professional Area
  • Medicine
Professional Interests
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Business
  • Civic engagement
  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family/Parents
  • Government & Policy
  • Health Care
  • Humanities
  • Media
  • Old age
  • Sports
  • Therapy
  • University Education
  • Wellness coaching
  • Yoga
Professional Skills
  • Career Development
  • Consulting
  • Entertainment
  • Facilitating groups
  • Leadership development
  • Personnel management
  • Project Management
  • Radio host
  • Research design
  • Speaking
  • Teaching resilience
  • Writing
Coach Training
  • Professional Certification
Fluent in Languages
  • English
Certifications
Certified Consumer Wellness Advocate

Gold Certified, IDEA Foundation, Lifestyle and Weight Management;

Group Exercise Leadership

Personal Training

CAPP: Certificate for Applied Positive Psychology
 

Education

Degrees After MAPP
PhD, Psychology of Human Movement: Kinesiology, Temple University

"Positive Psychology across cultures and contexts," University of Oslo, Norway Social Science Summer School.
Degrees Before MAPP
B.A. Psychology, and Urban/Outdoor Recreation, Summa Cum Laude.

Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society

Lambda Alpha Sigma Honor Society
 

Social Media

 

Speaking Experience

Interested in Speaking Referrals
Yes
Speaking Topics
Positive Determination and Motivation,
Mind, Body And Soul Fitness
Reducing Loneliness and Despair
High Performance Living and Loving
Aging And Change: A Positive Legacy
Positive Emotion and Meaning in Motion,
The Qualitative Research Turn,
Breathing Positive Psychology,
Healthspan: Lifestyle as Good Medicine,
Movement Psychology: I Like the Way You Move
Understanding Yourself and Others
How to Succeed and Win: High Performance
Experience speaking to large audiences
Yes
Video Clips and Recommendations
Happier.TV with Elaine O’Brien and Tal Ben-Shahar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akpkODkazUo

Elaine O’Brien: "Want An Energy Break," Podcast with Michelle McQuaid, Making Positive Psychology Work
 

Publications

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Book 1 Cover
Book 1 Title
Chapter in Positive fitness, movement, and mindful breathing
Book 2 Cover
Book 2 Title
Organic Uppers: Uplifting Positive Activities
Media: Radio, TV, or podcasts
Happier.TV with Elaine O’Brien and Tal Ben-Shahar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akpkODkazUo

Elaine O’Brien: "Want An Energy Break," Podcast with Michelle McQuaid, Making Positive Psychology Work
https://www.michellemcquaid.com/podcast/want-energy-boost-podcast-elaine-obrien/


http://www.fitfan4fun.com/FitFan4Fun/Blog/Entries/2010/7/15_Fall_in_love_with_your_New_BFF-_Episode_1_VoiceAmerica_with_Elaine_OBrien.html

January 2013: Sold out Webinar: "Willpower, Won't Power, Empower," for Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).

"Fitness With Elaine," Storer Cable TV
Journal Articles
O'Brien, E. "Move2Love: Vibrant Aging Via Encouraging Community Dance Fitness" for the American Psychological Association Journal of Women and Therapy: Positive Aging.

IDEA Association for Fitness Professionals O’Brien, E. (2013). Senior Fitness: Applying the PERMA Model for Success in Older Adult Fitness Settings. IDEA Fitness Journal. 4 (6), 72–79.

Positive Psychology News Daily: http://positivepsychologynews.com/news/elaine-obrien
Capstone title and abstract
Breathing Positive Psychology: Positive Exercise Practices (PEP) and Movement for the Greater Good
Dissertation Title and Link
Doctoral Dissertation: "Positive, Active, Older, but Youthful Women and "FitDance: Uplifting Motivation and Adherence in Community Dance Exercise
Links to Online Publications
O’Brien, E. (2015). Positive, Active, Older, but Youthful Women and FITDANCE: Uplifting Community Dance Exercise. Dissertaton, Temple University. Abstract.

https://elaineobrienphd.com

O’Brien, E. (2016). Move2Love and Vibrancy: Community Dance/Fitness. Women & Therapy, 39(1-2), 171-185. Abstract.



O’Brien, E. (2013). Senior Fitness: Applying the PERMA Model for Success in Older Adult Fitness Settings. IDEA Fitness Journal. 4 (6), 72–79.











PPND: http://positivepsychologynews.com/news/elaine-obrien
 

Contact data

Province/State
NJ
Country
USA
MAPP Geography
  • USA - NYC Area
  • USA - Philadelphia Area
 

MAPP Information

MAPP Year
2008
Board sort key
2008
Class Rep
No
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