Interview with Dr. Joanne Hands: Professionalizing positive psychology


  • Joanne Hands Middle East Psychological Association


psychology, positive psychology, professional association, ethics, Middle East


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.

Author Biography

Joanne Hands, Middle East Psychological Association

Dr. Joanne Hands is the current Kuwaiti based elected President of the Middle East Psychological Association, as well as a Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist. A member of the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, and Venezuelan Federation of Psychologists, she graduated with a PhD in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, USA). Dr. Joanne has 23 years of experience working with individuals in private practice as well as in educational and corporate settings.


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How to Cite

Hands, J. (2017). Interview with Dr. Joanne Hands: Professionalizing positive psychology. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 3(1), 24–27. Retrieved from



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