All NZIWR Online Courses are run by Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan of Wellbeing in Action, founders of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience (NZIWR), alongside NZIWR colleagues, who are experienced educators and psychologists working with staff and students on wellbeing.


Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan

Co-Directors

Dr Denise Quinlan was ‘present at the birth of Positive Education’, training educators in the UK and Australia as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Resilience Program/Positive Education team. Author of the Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing: A practical guide to getting started, best-practice process and effective implementation (Taylor & Francis, 2020), she is a senior adjunct fellow at the University of Canterbury, collaborates with researchers and practitioners globally and hosts Bringing Wellbeing To Life, a popular podcast on wellbeing topics.

Dr Lucy Hone is a published academic researcher, International Positive Education Network Global Rep, a best selling author and contributor to Psychology Today. Senior adjunct fellow at the University of Canterbury, trained by thought-leaders in the field at the University of Pennsylvania, she is co-author of the Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing: A practical guide to getting started, best-practice process and effective implementation (Taylor & Francis, 2020) Dr Hone is currently working with large clusters of learning centres to promote regional wellbeing.

"Some of the most influential educational ideas have come from New Zealand. For example, what we know about effective school leadership and how teachers are the most significant in-school factor influencing student outcomes come from New Zealand researchers. I am delighted to add Dr Denise Quinlan and Dr Lucy Hone’s The Educator’s Guide to Whole-School Wellbeing: A practical guide to getting started, best practice, process and effective implementation to that list."

Associate Prof Mat White, School of Education, University of Adelaide.