Dr. Lunthita M. Duthely, Alumna and Member of CEITR, Represented University of Phoenix at the 23rd International Congress (IACCP2016)

Dr. Lunthita M. Duthely, Alumna and Member of CEITR, Represented University of Phoenix at the 23rd International Congress (IACCP2016)

Dr. Lunthita M. Duthely, alumna and member of the CEITR, represented University of Phoenix at the 23rd International Congress (IACCP2016) of The International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) in Nagoya, Japan, 7/31 – 8/3/2016.

Dr. Duthely’s participation included acceptance and participation in the 3-day IACCP Culture & Psychology Summer School, followed by both an Oral and a Poster presentation during the 4-day conference.

In addition to be being accepted for the 3-day summer training on cross-cultural content and analyses methods, Dr. Duthely was asked to chair the session of her oral presentation. Dr. Duthely’s oral presentation, “Heart-Centered, Gratitude-Meditation Intervention: Gender Influence on Life Satisfaction and School Engagement among a Cohort of North American, Multicultural Adolescents”, was one of several oral presentations during the session she chaired on “Well-being”. The oral presentation consisted of a sub-analysis on the influence of her dissertation study by gender and grade level. The poster presentation, “Meditation and Mantric Poetry: A Qualitative Cross-Disciplinary Exploration of the Effect on Well-being of an American Secondary and Japanese Post-Secondary Cohort”, was a collaborative effort with a Japanese colleague. Both the oral and poster presentations can be found here.

Dr. Duthely commented, “The theoretical framework of my dissertation included the field of Subjective Well-Being, or happiness. When I read that the “father” of Well-being (measured happiness), Professor Ed Diener, was the keynote speaker at IACCP2016, I immediately applied, not knowing if I stood a real chance for acceptance. Prof. Diener is well-known, in the U.S. as well as internationally, for his work the field of measuring well-being, both at the individual level and at the national level. Dr. Diener’s research and collaborations have had a significant influence on national and international policy.