Interview with Dr. Tayyab Rashid: Positive Clinical Psychology's Founder


  • Tayyab Rashid University of Toronto Scarborough


positive psychology, positive clinical psychology, resilience, strengths, university


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 in the field of positive psychology within the MENA region, or with those who research 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. Tayyab Rashid, his thoughts on what a positive clinical psychology might look like in the region and other cultural considerations when it comes to using the science of positive psychology.

Author Biography

Tayyab Rashid, University of Toronto Scarborough

Dr. Tayyab Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Health and Wellness Centre and associate faculty member at the University of Toronto Scarborough (Canada). With Dr. Martin Seligman, Dr. Tayyab developed and empirically validated Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) during his clinical training at the Positive Psychology Centre, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tayyab has worked for more than 15 years with young adults experiencing complex mental health issues including psychosis, complex trauma, grief, borderline personality disorder and severe depression. His work has been published in academic journals and included in psychiatry and psychotherapy textbooks. He is the current co-chair of Canada’s National Campus Mental Health Community of Practice, as well as President of the Clinical Division of International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). Dr. Tayyab won IPPA’s Outstanding Practitioner Award in 2017. See more at


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How to Cite

Rashid, T. (2017). Interview with Dr. Tayyab Rashid: Positive Clinical Psychology’s Founder. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 3(1), 52–56. Retrieved from



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