Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

 

The MAPP Capstone is an independent project that integrates what the student has learned in the program and advances the application of Positive Psychology.

If you are a MAPP graduate and would like to have your Capstone project uploaded onto this site, please submit your Capstone. If you are the only author on your Capstone project, your decision to upload the document will serve as your agreement to the terms (individual authors do not actually have to submit an agreement form). If you completed a Capstone project with multiple authors, each author will need to submit an Author Agreement form. Please send the completed forms to Aaron Boczkowski (aaronb2@sas.upenn.edu) and Kenny Whitebloom (repository@pobox.upenn.edu). Once received, one of the authors can upload the Capstone.

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Papers from 2016

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I've Got Your Back: Utilizing Improv as a Tool to Enhance Workplace Relationships, Jordana Cole

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Getting to the Heart of It: Commitment at Work, Grace Cormier

Toward a Positive Medicine: Healing our Healers, from Burnout to Flourishing, Jordyn H. Feingold

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The Long and Winding Road from Positive Psychology Theory to Corporate Application, Garrison M. Kitchen

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United for Wellbeing: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Increase Social Cohesion and Student Wellbeing in an Ethnically Diverse Rural School District, Tracy L. Litchfield

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Shoots & Ladders: Having Infinite and Influential Presence With Everyone Starts With our Mindsets, Alana R. Pudalov

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Defining a Positive Citizenship; Wellbeing for Emancipation, Leora V. Rifkin

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Non-Cognitive Dissonance: Clarifying the Theoretical Dimensions, Practical Value, and Empirical Horizons of Non-Cognitive Skills in Teachers and Students, Adam C. Siler

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Channeling the River: Using Positive Psychology to Prevent Cultural Helplessness, as Applied to African-American Law Students, Dwayne Allen Thomas

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The Resilience Compass: How Mindset, Skills-Development, Self-Compassion, Service, and Community Empower Actors to Bounce Back, Reclaim Their Passion, and Live Their Purpose, Kimberly Wimmer Totty

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Mindfulness-Based Safety: Increasing Attention to Task in Alberta’s Oil and Gas Drilling and Completions Operations, Darrah E.M. Wolfe

Papers from 2015

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Gracious Mindset: Practicing Respectful Interpretations, Donna Baumann

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The Evolution of Business: Cultivating Flourishing for Organizations and Their Stakeholders, Andrew T. Brady

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Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy: From Surviving to Thriving, Jennifer Cory

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SEMEAR Project: Planting Seeds for a Better and More Virtuous World, Flora Regina da Silva M.A.

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Resilience Training for Firefighters: A Proposed Approach, Karen F. Deppa

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Daring to Dream the Impossible Dream: An Identity-Based Motivation and Goal Setting Intervention for Aspiring First Generation College Students, Erin M. Hearn

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Building Attorney Resources: Helping New Lawyers Succeed Through Psychological Capital, Martha Knudson

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Positive Psychology At Work: Psychological Capital and Thriving as Pathways to Employee Engagement, Ronald A. Levene

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Walking Their Talk: The Role of the Body in Effective, Positive Leadership, LeeAnn M. Mallorie

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Learning from Health Care Exemplars: How The Best Produce Extraordinary Results, Donna M. Payne

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Message in the Music: Do Lyrics Influence Well-Being?, Patricia Fox Ransom

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Energizing Social Interactions at Work: An Exploration of Relationships That Generate Employee and Organizational Thriving, Robert M. Rosales

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Job Crafting and Personal Development in the Workplace: Employees and Managers Co-Creating Meaningful and Productive Work in Personal Development Discussions, Michaela Schoberova

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What are Coaches Afraid of? An Exploration of Courage and the Path to Coaching Mastery, Joshua Steinfeldt

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Tough Teammates: Training Grit and Optimism Together Improves Performance in Professional Footballers, Patrick J. Steinfort

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Pilot Your Life Decisively for Well-Being and Flourishing, David P. St. George

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DARE: Desire to Strive Beyond Current Capabilities, Shannon L. Thompson

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Practical Wisdom and the Pursuit of the Good in the Good Life, Daniel Torrance

Papers from 2014

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From Paralyzed to Catalyzed: Supporting Adolescent Girls Through Positive Psychology Coaching, Jessica Berger (Hopkins)

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Building the Positive Law Firm: The Legal Profession at Its Best, Anne M. Brafford

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Standing in Love: Unpacking and Unlocking the Supreme Emotion, Patricia De La Torre

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Better Decisions Through the Application of Positive Psychology, Bill Fair

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ConnectMore: A Relationship-building Curriculum for First-year College Students, Hayley Goldenthal

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The Right Reflection: Improving Women's Self-Acceptance, Pam Alfrey Hernandez

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Physical Activity and Thriving Community: Can Group-Walking Generate Social Capital? A Literature Review, Harold Lee

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Strengths Building, Resilience, and the Bible: A Story-Based Curriculum for Adolescents Around the World, Dana McDaniel Seale

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The Benefits of Being Yourself: An Examination of Authenticity, Uniqueness, and Well-Being, Abigail A. Mengers

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Positive Interventions: Developing a Theoretical Model to Guide Their Development and Use, David S. Nevill

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The Search for Purpose in Life: An Exploration of Purpose, the Search Process, and Purpose Anxiety, Larissa Rainey

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Putting the Ha! In Aha!: Humor as a Tool for Effective Communication, Brandy Reece

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Teaching Beautiful Questions: Using Literature to Teach Youth Appreciative Inquiry (AI), Shira R. Reicher

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Signature Well-being: Toward a More Precise Operationalization of Well-being at the Individual Level, Michelle M. Reitzner

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Introducing Self-Permission: Theoretical Framework and Proposed Assessment, Nico Rose

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Magic at the Movies: Positive Psychology for Children, Adolescents and Families, Linda Jones Rufer MD

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The Silver Realigning: How Baby Boomers Who Have Lost Their Jobs Can Become More Positive and Find New Meaning in Their Lives, Patrick Sweeney

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Acting Strengths: The Development of Resilience and Character Strengths in Actors, Laura E. Taylor

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Finding What Works, Works; But Doing It Requires Self-Control: An Evaluation of a Solution-Focused Online Intervention to Increase Goal Striving, Paolo Terni

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How WeChat, the Most Popular Social Network in China, Cultivates Wellbeing, Jiaqi Wu

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A Novel Calling Intervention for Career Development and Well-Being, Susanna Wu-Pong

Papers from 2013

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Flourishing Mothers: A Positive Psychology-Based Coaching Strategy for Women, Brooke Booth

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Soaringwords Empirical Research to Measure the Well-being of Hospitalized Children, Lisa Buksbaum

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Thirteen Universal Assessments Which May Contribute to the ‘Good Life’, Jer Clifton

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Character education: A role for literature in cultivating character strengths, Emily M. FitzSimons

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Curating The Self: A Proposed Intervention for Positive Identity Crafting Through Self-presentation and Clothing, Jen Grace Baron

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Aging in America: Time to Thrive, Deborah H. Hammons

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What Positive Psychologists and Mormons Can Learn From Each Other, Elisa V. Hunter

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Youth Mentoring Partnership's Friend Fitness Program: Theoretical Foundations and Promising Preliminary Findings from a New Positive Psychology Intervention for Grit and Positive Youth Development, Chris Major

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Towards Positive Education: A Mindful School Model, Chin Leng Ong

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Positive Recovery, Jason ZW Powers

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Decision Adversity: a Character Strengths Perspective on Decision Uncertainty and Error, Elena Thompson

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The Wellbeing Index: A Landscape of Worldwide Measures and the Potential for Large-Scale Change, Karen Smith Warner

Papers from 2012

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Positive Psychology and Work-Life Integration: The Mutually Satisfying Relationship, Katie Comtois

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Blending The Roots and Rhythm of Tai Chi with Positive Psychology: A Handbook, Justin Gruver

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Well-Being At Work: An Engineer Short Circuits Workplace Dysfunction, Thomas Heffner

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Victim Initiated Positive Disengagement: How Victims Can Flourish in the Aftermath of a Crime, Amy R. Holloway

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Positive Media: An Introductory Exploration, Meghan B. Keener

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The Impact of Positive Traits on Teacher Performance Within A Systems Driven Charter School Management Organization, Adam B. Maurer

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Law Students in Balance: A Proposal for a Well-being Course for Law School Students Founded on the Constructs and Findings of Positive Psychology, Tatiana I. Pavlova-Coleman

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Integrated Well-being: Positive Psychology and the Natural World, Aislinn Pluta

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Super Women Lawyers: A Study of Character Strengths, Patricia Snyder

Papers from 2011

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From Coach to Positive Psychology Coach, Peter L. Berridge Mr.

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The Importance and Application of Explanatory Style, Emotional Control, and Goal Setting for Athletes: A Psychological Skills Program, Diana Caramanico

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Innovating News Journalism through Positive Psychology, Cathrine Gyldensted

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Unleashing the Power: Anthony Robbins, Positive Psychology, and the Quest for Human Flourishing, Stephanie M. Ramones

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Resilience, Character Strengths and Flourishing: A Positive Education Workshop for Singapore Teachers, Sha-En Yeo

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Positive Psychology and Men: The Tell-Tale Heart, Corey Zadik

Papers from 2010

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Strengths Technology, Bridget Biggar and Ninh N. Tran

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Happy at Work: How the Science of Positive Psychology Will Revolutionize the Workplace, Daniel S. Bowling III

Aid from Africa: Lessons for the West from the Motherland, Jaime B. Cundy Miss

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Heart Start: A paradigm shift in early childhood education, Elizabeth Gragg Elizardi

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Confident Parenting - A Book Proposal, Lisa Sansom

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MPS SOARs: Facilitating Elementary Transition due to Building Closures in a Positive and Productive Way, Kathryn L. Snyder

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Total Fitness, Mark A. Tolmachoff

Papers from 2009

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Cultivated Positive Emotions Inspire Environmentally Responsible Behaviors, David M. Carter

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Cultivating Positive Project Teams: Accelerating Time to Team Formation, Adrienne E. Keane

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What Good is Positive Business?, Michelle McQuaid and Bobby Dauman

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Experiential Learning Groups: History, an Exploratory Case Study, and Possible Mechanisms of Change, Steve J. Safigan

Papers from 2008

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Shift Happens: Using Social-Emotional Leadership to Construct Positive, Sustainable Cultural Change, Louis Alloro

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Greatness: The Aspiration and Goal of Psychology, Scott A. Asalone

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Analysis of Positive Psychology Training at Geelong Grammar School, Kirsten J. Cronlund

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Optimistic Managers & Their Influence on Productivity & Employee Engagement in a Technology Organization, Margaret H. Greenberg Mrs. and Dana R. Arakawa Dr.

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Exploring the Character Strengths of an Oral Tradition: Vanuatu through analysis of its archived oral legends, Virginia U. Millar

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Nobel Strengths: The Attributes of Scientists by CAVE, Gregory R. Quinting PhD

Papers from 2007

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Something Larger: An Evolutionary Account of the Meaningfulness of Life, Derrick Carpenter

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A Comparative Study of the Effects of Hatha Yoga and Seated Meditation on Mood Elevation, deborah r. cohen

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Appreciating Beauty in the Bottom 80, Christine Duvivier

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Positive Psychology Toolkit for Coaches: Book Proposal, Debra Giffen and Emiliya Zhivotovskaya

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Enhancing the Wellbeing of Incarcerated Females: A Pilot Study, Sandra C. Lewis

Papers from 2006

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Character Strengths and Type: Exploration of Covariation, Kathryn H. Britton and Sulynn Choong