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 (libraryrepository@pobox.upenn.edu). Once received, one of the authors can upload the Capstone.

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Papers from 2021

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Connecting Theories of Emotional Intelligence and Emotion Regulation with Positive Psychology, Nadia Almheiri

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Interactive Journaling as a Positive Intervention: Examining an Established Practice Through the Lens of Positive Psychology, Valerie Bagley

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Moving Forward with Purpose: Increasing Physical Activity for School Wellness, Karen Bailey

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Unmasked: COVID-19 and the Crisis of Well-Being in College Students, Paige DeLacey

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The Revolutionary Force of Self-Compassion for Girls and Women, Erin E. Dullea

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The Underview Effect: Awe Under the Sea, Diving for Well-being, Cheryl L. Eisen

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Revealing Hidden Strengths at Work: Unleashing Your Employees’, Stakeholders', and Organization's Greatest Potential, Duncan Ferguson

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Auditor Strong: A C.P.A. Plan for Resilience; How Character Strengths, Purpose, and Adapting to Stress Can Help Public Accountants Survive and Thrive, Wesley R. Hitchcock

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Improving employee well-being through workplace contexts and behaviors, Kristin Jonason

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Peloton as a Positive Intervention: Using Values, Character Strengths, Language, and Agency to Promote Sustained Engagment, Heidi S. B. Kaufman and Pia Dalal

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Positive Rituals for Motherhood: Pain Points and Practices for Maternal Well-Being, Kelsey Klinefelter

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How to Enhance Curiosity in Early Childhood: A Curiosity Toy Kit, Michelle Kwan

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Increasing Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Through Positive Interventions for Human Flourishing, Michael J. McCarthy

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Strengths-Based Compassion as an Agent of Change for Incarcerated Youth: Positive Psychology Interventions Proposed for Colorado's Division of Youth Services, Rachel Olsen

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People, Place, and Pokémon: How Location-Based Games Enhance Well-Being, Rachel B. Peterson

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Healing the Hearts of Healers: A Framework to Cultivate Flourishing and Combat Burnout in Healthcare, Brittany Sutton

Papers from 2020

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The Ten Principles of Highly Meaningful Work: A Qualitative Study of Leading Organizations, Wesley Adams and Tamara Myles

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Micromoments Matter: Finding Agency and Connection Through a Micromoments Mindset, Cindy Chou and Amanda J. Masters

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ADHD, Willpower, and Interest: A Positive Approach, Roger DeWitt

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"Yes And": Exploring and Heightening the Positive Psychology in Improvisation, Bridget Erica Elam

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Making Time for Friends: A Scientific How-To Guide for Maintaining and Strengthening Friendship in Adulthood, Kristin Elinkowski and Madison Romney

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Set Up to Succeed and Set Up to Play: Cooperative Games as a Pathway for Adolescent Girls in High-Achieving Schools to Be Well and Lead Well, Emily M. Entress Clark

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The Call of the Wild: The Transformative Nature of Nature, Karen E. Fetzer

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When Words Matter Most: Positive Psychology Perspectives on Condolence Letters, Sarah Francois-Poncet

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When Words Matter Most: Positive Psychology Perspectives on Condolence Letters, Sarah Francois-Poncet

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The Art of Flourishing: Integrating Positive Psychology with Art Therapy to Promote Growth from Trauma, Sophia R. Heiser

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The Great Plan of Happiness: The Intersections of the Restored Gospel of Christ and Positive Psychology, Robin Litster Johnson

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The Upward Spiral of Self-Development and Well-Being: An Examination of Upward Spirals and Vantage Resources & Their Contribution to Sustained Self-Development, Well-being, and Lifestyle Transformation., Darlene Marshall

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More Than Just an Athlete: A Model For Character Strengths To Enhance Well-Being During Retirement From Sport, Eliza J. McDevitt

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A Measure of All Minds: A Classification of the Artificial Intelligence Strengths and Virtues & the Creation of the THETIS Dimensions of Cybernetic Wellbeing, Seth Robin Norman

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Leadership After COVID-19 [Spoiler: There is Something Beyond Recovery and Resilience for Individuals and Organizations], Thomas Payne

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Everyday Heroes: Making a Case for Compassionate Behavior toward Strangers, Christina J. Pippen

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Peloton as a Facilitator of Hope: Pathways to Initiate and Sustain Behaviors that Enhance Well-being, Lisa R. Richardson

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Metacognition and Living Above Zero, Mary Margaret Rogers

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Belonging: The What, Why, and How for Working Mothers, Caitlin J. Satterfield

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Guerrilla Altruism: Maximizing Acts of Kindness for Well-Being, Elizabeth Sheeler

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Positive Leadership on Campus: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Enhance Collaboration and Well-Being Among University Staff, Diane J. Trif

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Memento Mori: Reflecting on Mortality to Inspire Vitality and Meaning in Life, Jodi Wellman

Papers from 2019

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Flourishing Partners: Leveraging Positive Psychology in a Peer Support Model to Promote Well-being for Recovering Addicts, Carolyn Biondi

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The Physiology of Social-Emotional Learning: Integrating Biomarkers of Self-Regulation into the Assessment and Implementation of Programs, Martin E. Blank

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Empowering Student Leaders as Catalysts for Positive Culture, Elizabeth Blaum

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Happy Brain, Healthy Body: Cultivating Vitality to Drive Sustainable Weight Loss, Alexandra Bono

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Weaving a Colorful Life Tapestry: Serene Gratitude, Post-Traumatic Growth, and Breast Cancer, Courtney B. Daly

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What's Next for Career Services: Increasing Well-being and Preparing Students for the Future of Work, Allyson M. Dhindsa

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The Case for Character Strengths In College Admissions Advising: The Way You Are is a Great Way to Be, Lisa Downing

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Infusing Well-Being Into Public Education: A Case for Living It, Dana Fulwiler

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Why Did Gen Z Quit?: Reorienting Toward Long Term Employment in Social Justice, Owen J. Harrison

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Thriving Cybersecurity Professionals: Building a Resilient Workforce and Psychological Safety in the Federal Government, Rephael Houston

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Making Our Time Together Count: How to Use Workshops to Increase Well-Being through Connection, Sydney Kastner

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Self-Permission and Well-Being: Self-Permission as a “Key” to Flourishing in Therapy and Positive Interventions, Cecilie Kran Løvestam

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Finding Flourishing: The Well-being Discovery Framework, Devon G. O'Malley

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Reviving Recovery: A Supplemental Approach in Treating Eating Disorders, Amy E. O'Sullivan

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The Alchemy of Acceptance: How Accepting Emotions Enhances the Ability to Flexibly Work with Them, Jennifer Overall

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Positive Jewish Education: A Pathway to Thriving in 21st Century Jewish Education, Sarah E. Rosenblum

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Introducing the Workplace Well-Being Program Implementation Model: A Model to Inform the Establishment of Organizational Well-Being Programs, Emily Santos

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A Model for Transformational Change: Linking the Modern Workforce with Modern Adolescence, Alisha Slye

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Either Perfect or Meaningful: Identity Development, Perfectionism, and Emerging Adults’ Search for Meaning in Selective Higher Education Institutions, Elizabeth M. Sutton

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The Happy Saint: The Call to Holiness is a Call to Happiness, Sari Wilson

Papers from 2018

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Well-being in the United Arab Emirates: How Findings From Positive Psychology Can Inform Government Programs and Research, Noof Mohammed Aljneibi

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Posttraumatic Growth and Residential Therapy: Cultivating Environments that Support and Facilitate Posttraumatic Growth and Positive Well-being., Tracey Bachrach

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Intentions: The Beginnings of an Empirically Derived Typology, Jennifer F. Beatty

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Purpose In Adolescence: A Review of the Literature and an Intervention Plan, Yvonne Biggins

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Monasteries of the Future, Miles G. Bukiet

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Positive Education in Hong Kong: Opportunities, Challenges and Recommendations for Implementation, Carl M. S. Chung

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From Surviving to Thriving: How Colleges Can Use the Science of Positive Psychology to Enhance Student Well-Being, Sharon F. Danzger

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Creative Problem Solving as a Positive Intervention and Approach to Career Development, Laura DelPrato

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You Only Live Twice: Midlife as a Creative Transition Into Our 'Second Act', Erik Otto Driessen

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So Others May Live: Enhancing Resilience and Performance for United States Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Candidates to Help Close the AST Body-to-Billet Gap, Joseph E. Glaser-Reich

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Positive Technology, Alex Glass

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Legal Optimism: Restoring Trust in the Criminal Justice System Through Procedural Justice, Positive Psychology and Just Culture Event Reviews, John Hollway

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Positive Altruism: Helping that Benefits Both the Recipient and Giver, Anna S. Irani

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Better Together: Enhancing Team Collaboration in Science (ETCSi) to Improve Well-being and Medicine Discovery, Lara S. Kallander

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Becoming the Rising Generation: Uncovering the Path to Thriving for the Next Generation in Ultra-high Net Worth Families, Kristin Keffeler

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Work Namaste: The Importance of Mattering at Work, and How a Leader Can Create an Environment Where Employees Feel They and Their Work Matter, Rebecca J. Lamperski

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A Well-Being Ranking of US Colleges: Enabling Students to Choose a Life of Flourishing and Encouraging Schools to Measure It, Krista M. Larson

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Promoting Well-Being Among Adoptees During the Search and Reunification Process, William Love

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Be More: Buffering Against Gender Stereotypes by Building Self-Efficacy Beliefs, Erica Mohr

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Generational Shifts in the Moral and Political Landscape, Christine Moriarty

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Living your calling in the social sector: A theory about how to thrive and have a lasting impact in the world., Ilaina Rabbat

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Writing, Risk, and Well-being, Benjamin Rapaport

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Finding the Silver Lining: How Positive Psychology Can Help You Use Critical Feedback to Flourish, Mary Beth Rettger

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The Spiritual Business: Breathing Life into the Body, Mind, and Spirit of Organizations, Henry C. Richardson

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Positive Shabbat Dinner: An Effective Positive Intervention to Increase Well-Being, Tracey Pearl Specter

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Rooted in Resilience: A Framework for the Integration of Well-Being in Teacher Education Programs, Jessica Spurgeon and Lauren Thompson

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Positive Design: A Positive Psychology Workout for Design Thinkers, Kathryn S. Wessling

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The Bottom Two Percent: Using Positive Psychology to Create Change Among Convicts, Katie Wittekind

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Harry Potter and the Enhancement of Hope: What Harry Potter and Positive Psychology can Teach Us about the Good Life, Ashley Wolf

Papers from 2017

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From Negative Biases to Positive News: Resetting and Reframing News Consumption for a Better Life and a Better World, Henry Edwards

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Thriving Cities: How to Define, Apply, and Measure Well-Being at Scale, Jaclyn Gaffaney

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Turning Division into Discourse: Educating Adolescents about Viewpoint Diversity, Erin McLaughlin Griffin

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Character Strengths as a Pathway to Obtaining and Maintaining Employment for Job Seekers with Disabilities: A Model for Building Job Seeker Hope and Self-Efficacy, Elizabeth V. Jennings

Positive Public Service: Turning Purpose Into Progress By Changing How Government Works From the Inside, B.J. Jones

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Cultivating Meaning at Work, in Four Movements, Yumi Kendall

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Burned-In, Not Burned Out: A Theory of How Excellent Urban Educators Shift Mindsets and Continue to Teach, Julia King and Sophia Kokores

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Saving the World the Right Way: Altruistic Education, Supakorn Laohasongkram

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How Positive Psychology Overlaps with a Culturally-Based Indigenous Addictions Treatment Program, Rolanda Manitowabi

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Building Resilience in MBA Students: Bouncing Back and Forward through Challenges, Denitsa Marinova

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But Thinking Makes It So: A Curriculum to Build an Optimistic Explanatory Style Leveraging High School Dramatic Arts, Adriana Mora Vargas

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Forgiveness: How it Manifests in our Health, Well-being, and Longevity, Kathi Norman

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Genuine, Independent, Holistic, and Appropriate: Four Considerations for the Optimization of Positive Interventions, Luke August Obermann