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.