PPL Research, Presentations, and Publications

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Positive Psychology is a scientific theory and, like all theories, it relies on empirical research. We follow the Practitioner-Scholar model where practice informs science and science informs practice. Our goal is to sponsor, develop, and initiate research based in science that is applicable to the real world. Ultimately, we strive to better understand how individuals, families, and communities thrive.


Current PPL Group Projects

  • Well-Being as a Moderator of Perceived Stress among Graduate Students in the Helping Professions [Group Research Project - Manuscript Complete - Closed]
  • The Strength-Based Clinical Supervision Workbook [Group Book Project - Editing Phase - Closed]
  • The Trainee Competency Assessment: Measuring Readiness to Begin Clinical Training [Group Research Project - Manuscript in Progress - Closed] 
  • Well-Being through Self-Care Workshop [Group Research Project - Manuscript in Progress - Closed]
  • Positive Sexuality [Group Research Project - Manuscript in Progress - Closed]
  • Privilege Awareness and Gratitude: A Correlational Study [Group Research Project - Design Phase - Open]
  • Routine Supervision: An Investigation of Real-World Clinical Supervision Practice [Group Research Project - Data Collected - Open]
  • Perception of Supervision Processes: A Comparative Study of Supervisors and Trainees [Group Research Project - Data Collected - Open]

Current Dissertations

Phenomenology of Island Psychology: A Conceptual Framework for Islanders’ Strengths [Doctoral Dissertation]

The Flourishing Healer: Best Practices for Operationalizing Self-Care Education and Training in Clinical Psychology Training Programs [Doctoral Dissertation]

Mental Health Professional's Trait Mindfulness and Compassion Fatigue When Working with Terminally Ill Clients [Doctoral Dissertation]

Exploring the Definition of Resilience: A Convergent Parallel Study [Doctoral Dissertation]


PPL Publications and Presentations

(Click the article citation to be taken to the book, dissertation, article, poster, or presentation if available)

 

In Press

Heffner, C. L. & Cowan, J. (In Press). The strength-based clinical supervision workbook. A start to finish guide for trainees and supervisors. Routledge.

 

2021

Cowan, J., Heffner, C. L., Turner, A., Xu, S., & Harrison, H. (2021). Clinical supervision and COVID-19: Insights from a national sample of supervisors and trainees. Poster Presentation, American Psychological Association Convention. 

Heffner, C. L. & Struthers, G. (2021). A strength-based lens on the ethics of self-care in health-service psychology training. Poster Presentation, American Psychological Association Convention.

Heffner, C. L., Zinn, B., Struthers, G., Monahan DeMella, J., Agassiz, K. (2021). Amplifying well-being through self-care in the age of COVID-19: An eight-week online self-care mentoring group for doctoral students in clinical psychology. Poster Presentation, American Psychological Association Convention. 

Hardcastle, K. (2021, July 21). Flow. Antioch University Seattle. Seattle, WA.

Heffner. C. L. (2021, January 13). The Fading Affect Bias and The Pleasant Life. Antioch University Seattle. Seattle, WA.

Taylor, M. (2021). Flourishing with chronic pain. Antioch University Seattle, PsyD Dissertation.

 

2020

Gross, J. (2020). Examining optimism and caregiver strain in parents with youth and young adults diagnosed with anxiety and unipolar mood disorders. Antioch University Seattle, PsyD Dissertation.

Turner, A. (2020, December 3). Human Sexuality and Positive Psychology. Antioch University Seattle. Seattle, WA.

Blessington, S. (2020, November 18). Gratitude. Antioch University Seattle. Seattle, WA.

Heffner, C. L. (2020). Developing your professional identity as a strengths-based clinical supervisor. Program developed for and presented to Pre-Doctoral Interns and Post-Doctoral Trainees in Health-Service Psychology through the National Psychology Training Consortium [APA CE approved], Renton, WA.

 

2019

Heffner, C. L. & Cowan, J. (2019). Foundations of effective strengths-based clinical supervision. Program developed for and presented to Swedish Hospitals, Behavioral Health Division. Seattle, WA.

Heffner, C. L. & Cowan, J. (2019). The deliberate practice of effective clinical supervision. Program developed for and presented to supervising psychologists through the National Psychology Training Consortium [APA CE approved], Renton, WA.

 

2018

Heffner, C. L. & Cowan, J. (2018). Competency-based clinical supervision: Developing a competency-based approach to clinical supervision in primary care health-service psychology. Program developed for and presented to supervising psychologists through the National Psychology Training Consortium [APA CE approved], Renton, WA.