Interview with Dr. Joanne Hands: Professionalizing positive psychology

Joanne Hands


In this volume of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, we explore the views, hopes, and current research agendas of those working to advance knowledge and practise in the field of positive psychology or aspects of culture and religion relevant to it. We uncover their thoughts on the current status of knowledge as well as what opportunities and pitfalls exist. Here, we discuss with Dr. Joanne Hands, President of the Middle East Psychological Association, her thoughts on the role of positive psychology in the Middle East/North Africa region, as well as the need for greater professional standards and oversight in the region, especially as it concerns this developing area of psychology.


psychology; positive psychology; professional association; ethics; Middle East

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