Margaret L. Kern, Ph.D. (aka Peggy)

Senior Lecturer

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

University of Melbourne

pkern001 (at) gmail . com

Welcome to my website! I am a senior lecturer in the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education, in the new Centre for Positive Psychology. A summa cum laude graduate from Arizona State University, I received my doctorate in psychology in June 2010 from the University of California, Riverside, and received postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center.

~ Curriculum Vitae: MLKern CV ~

My research addresses the question of who flourishes and why. More specifically, my research focuses on two related areas: (a) understanding and measuring healthy functioning, and (b) evaluating sophisticated theories of psychosocial processes underlying health over time. I incorporate a lifespan perspective, innovative quantitative methods, and interdisciplinary collaboration throughout my research. For details on my research and projects, see my Research page.

I have recently published papers in Annual Review of Psychology, PLOS ONE, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, the Journal of Personality Research, the Journal of Personality, and the Journal of Positive Psychology, among others, as well as numerous chapters (see my publications), and presented my work in numerous professional settings (see my presentations).

I strive to live out a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy being active - running, cycling, and other outdoor activities. I have enjoyed periods of competition including winning the Charlottesville Marathon and numerous smaller races; I am now enjoying simply being active and experiencing the world around me. I recently moved to Australia from the United States, and I’m looking forward to exploring and seeing all that Australia has to offer.

Take a few minutes to learn more about my research, teaching, and other interests through the links at the top of this page. Contact me with questions or comments - I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for visiting!   


Updated September 2014