Elaine O’Brien, PhD, MAPP ‘08, CAPP, is an educator, trainer, author, and presenter. She is the Creative Director and CEO of the consultancy, Lifestyle Medicine Coaching and Training LLC. She also leads FitDance: Move2Love training and presentations for whole health and optimal performance. Her recent doctorate in Kinesiology: Psychology of Human Movement aligns with her background, early vision, and dedication to positive public health, well-being and social justice for the greater good through positive action.
An international speaker, educator, and consultant, Dr. O’Brien has presented positive education, psychology, presentation and performance training programs throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Korea, and in China, where she presented at the first two Positive Psychology Conferences at Tsinghua and Beijing Universities. More recent presentations included one at Kripalu Institute for the Wholebeing Institute’s premiere Embodied Positive Psychology Summit and another for Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar’s Happier TV. In 2016, she will also present at the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, the European Positive Psychology Conference, Angers, France, and at the American Psychological Association in Denver.
Dr. O’Brien’s areas of research and applications include the science of thriving, positive health, and aging well, positive adult education and generative development, enjoyment and motivation, performance, positive movement, medical wellness in action, community wellness and positive groups, self-determination, positive mental health and pro-active therapies such as Flow: Aqua Fitness.
Elaine’s dissertation, Positive, Active, Older, but Youthful Women and FITDANCE: Uplifting Community Dance Exercise will be the topic of her APA presentation in Denver, August 2016.
Her articles for Positive Psychology News can be found here.
O’Brien, E. (2015). Positive, Active, Older, but Youthful Women and FITDANCE: Uplifting Community Dance Exercise. Dissertaton, Temple University. Abstract.
O’Brien, E. (2014). Positive fitness, movement, and mindful breathing. In M. Snyder, Positive Health: Flourishing Lives, Well-Being in Doctors, (pp. 47-74). Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press.
O’Brien, E. (2016). Move2Love and Vibrancy: Community Dance/Fitness. Women & Therapy, 39(1-2), 171-185. Abstract.
O’Brien, E. (2013). Senior Fitness: Applying the PERMA Model for Success in Older Adult Fitness Settings. IDEA Fitness Journal. 4 (6), 72–79.