Lea's goal is to help people thrive
Lea contributes regularly to the media on the topic of positive psychology, positive education and parenting. Her print media contributions include The Guardian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Herald Sun, Educational Review, The Voice, The Conversation, Professional Educator, MX, Wellbeing Magazine, The Adelaide Advertiser, Early Learning Network, and South China Morning Post. Her research has also been featured in The Independent (UK) and the Huffington Post (USA). Her radio media includes ABC National, ABC South Australia, ABC Sydney, ABC Canberra, RRR, Pulse Radio, 3SR and SYN radio. Lea was an expert speaker on the ABC 6 part series on Happiness hosted by Terry Robson.
Lea has a psychology researcher been at the University of Melbourne for 21 years. She has published over 90 scientific journal articles and book chapters.
In 2004 she was awarded the Best Paper Award at the highly prestigious American Academy of Management Conference. In addition, in 2005 she was awarded the Elton Mayo Prize by the Australian College of Organisational Psychologists in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of organisational psychology. She is included in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World for her outstanding research (2009-2014).
As a qualified organisational psychologist lea has worked across business, not-for-profit, welfare, retail, education, local Government and health sectors.
Lea has worked with companies such as Merril Lynch Investment Managers, Black Rock Investment Managers, Education First (Canada), REACH foundation, Department of Human Services, Australia Post, Centrelink, Salvation Army, Mission Australia, W.M.C.A, Corporate Services Victoria, Australian Human Resources Institute, City of Ballarat, Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services, Department of Protective Service, Department of Disability Services and the Australian Psychological Society.
In the Education sector, Lea has worked with over 100 schools across Australia, Asia, New Zealand and Europe. She has worked in the Government/Public System, Independent System, Catholic System and Jewish system. In her role as Director of the Master of School Leadership, she has assisted leaders from 100 schools within the Victorian Government system to create positive change projects. She has worked individually with schools including Geelong Grammar School, St Peter’s College (Adelaide), Carey Baptist Grammar, Ballarat Grammar, The Peninsula School, Lauriston Girls School, Ivanhoe Grammar, Kingswood College, Ave Maria College, Malvern Central School, Melbourne High School, Kew High School, Greensborough High School, Camberwell Primary School, William Ruthven Secondary College and Chinese International School. She has also worked with the DEECD Government/Public school systems, training leaders in the Boroondara networks and Sage networks.
She featured in the ABC documentary Revolution School
Lea is an invited speaker for many International Conferences such as the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, International Positive Psychology Association, the European Network for Positive Psychology, the American Academy of Management, the British Psychological Society, International Positive Education Network, Mexico National Conference on the Science of Happiness and the New Zealand Positive Psychology Association.
In Australia, Lea has spoken at the Australian Positive Psychology and Well-being Conference; Australian Positive Psychology in Education Symposium; the Inaugural Australian Positive Education Conference ; the Positive Education Schools Association Conference; the Australian College of Education Conference; the Australasian Association of International Baccalaurette Schools; Mind and its Potential Conference; Festival of Ideas Conference; Happiness and its Causes; Wellness at Work; Educate Plus and the Good Childhood Conference. In 2011, 2013 and 2015 she was a Fellow in the St Peter’s College ‘Being and Becoming' Wellbeing Public Lecture Series.
Leadership and Service
Lea is one of the co-founders of The Strengths Exchange. A free strength-based parenting resource.
Accolades & Awards
Lea was inducted as a Fellow of the International Positive Psychology Association and is the only Australian to be inducted (2015). She was listed in the Financial Reviews list of Top 100 Women of Influence (2015).
She was named the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Educator of the Year (2004), received an Australian University Individual Teaching Excellence Award from (2007), was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (2011) and received a team Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Government’s Office for Teaching and Learning (2013).