Michael Furlong co-edits the third edition of the “Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools”

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
cover of Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools

Michael Furlong of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School—along with Kelly-Ann Allen of Monash University, Australia, Dianne Vella-Brodrick of University of Melbourne, Australia, and Shannon Suldo of the University of South Florida—has co-edited the third edition of the Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools: Supporting Process and Practice (Routledge, 2022).

The Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools offers the most current and comprehensive insights into how positive psychology principles provide a framework for young people to become active agents in their own learning. The third edition of this groundbreaking volume assembles the latest global research identifying fundamental assets—hope, optimism, gratitude, self-efficacy, emotional regulation, among others—that support students’ learning and well-being. Chapters examining social-ecological perspectives on classroom quality and school climate provide best practice guidance on schoolwide policies and practices. These 35 new chapters explore positive psychology’s ongoing influence and advances on prevention, intervention, and assessment practices in schools.

“An expert team of editors and contributors from around the globe has joined forces to produce a comprehensive, scientific, cross-cultural snapshot of contemporary positive psychology in schools,” writes John J. Murphy, Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Arkansas. “This book offers a refreshing array of perspectives, processes, and practices that can transform schools into places that intentionally promote wellness and success for students of all ages and levels.”

Dr. Michael Furlong (Ph.D., Education, ’80) is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in the International Center for School-Based Youth Development at UC Santa Barbara. There, he is also Principal Investigator of Project Covitality, which supports schools’ efforts to foster social-emotional development for all students. He is currently Associate Editor of the Educational and Developmental Psychologist. He was awarded a 2021–2022 University of California Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professorship.

[Michael Furlong is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at george@education.ucsb.edu]