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Lucy Hone      

Resilience Expert & Researcher

Dr. Lucy Hone is a director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, adjunct fellow at the University of Canterbury, a published academic researcher, best-selling author, and blogger for Psychology Today.

On Queen’s Birthday weekend in 2014, the sudden death of her 12 year old daughter, Abi, forced Hone to turn her substantial academic training and professional practice to foster resilience in very personal circumstances. "Resilient Grieving," the best-selling book she wrote in the aftermath of Abi's death is now available in the US, UK and NZ.

Having been trained by the thought-leaders in the field – Marty Seligman, Chris Peterson, Barb Fredrickson, Karen Reivich and Angela Duckworth among others – at the University of Pennsylvania, she went on to attain her PhD in public health at AUT University in Auckland. She now assists organizations – from leading law firms to primary schools – to design and implement wellbeing initiatives creating sustained and meaningful change.

She is currently wellbeing lead on several large scale collaborative projects.

A member of the NZAPP Executive Committee, the conference convenor for NZ's leading wellbeing conference (Wellbeing in Education NZ) and New Zealand’s only representative of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), Lucy’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Positive Psychology, Social Indicators Research, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the International Journal of Wellbeing and NZ Journal of Human Resources Management.

The hallmarks of her work are her down to earth approach and her deep commitment to translating the best of wellbeing science and resilience research to promote mass-market wellbeing, mixed with her honesty and humour.

In 2020 she co-authored "The Educators' Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing" with her principal collaborator, Dr Denise Quinlan.

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