Location: Stratford Campus, Room: AE.3.29
Telephone: 020 8223 4465
School of Psychology
The University of East London
Tim joined the University of East London in 2013 as a lecturer on the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP). Tim undertook his PhD at the University of Westminster, funded by the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, which he completed in 2012. His research explored the impact of meditation on men’s wellbeing, using a mixed-methods design comprising narrative interviews, cognitive testing, and EEG measurement.
Tim has recently published two books: one is a monograph based on his PhD thesis, entitled Masculinity, Meditation and Mental Health (2014, Palgrave Macmillan); the other is a textbook based on Tim’s redesign of the MAPP double module in Advanced Positive Psychology, entitled Applied Positive Psychology: Integrated Positive Practice (2014, Sage). Tim has recently been awarded two grants to design mindfulness-based interventions, adapted for specific populations (at-risk adolescent males, and older adults). Tim’s main research interests are meditation and Buddhism.
Publically available research outputs are available to download from UEL’s Research Open Access Repository (ROAR).
Lomas, T., Hefferon, K., & Ivtzan, I. (2014).
Since its emergence in 1998, positive psychology has flourished. Among its successes is the burgeoning field of applied positive psychology (APP), involving interventions to promote wellbeing. However, the remit of APP is currently unclear. As such, we offer a meta-theoretical conceptual map delineating the terrain that APP might conceivably cover, namely, the LIFE (Layered Integrated Framework Example) model. The model is based on Wilber’s (1997) Integral Framework, which features the four main ontological ‘dimensions’ of the person. We then stratify these dimensions to produce a comprehensive conceptual map of the person, and of the potential areas of application for APP. For example, we deconstruct the collective dimensions of Wilber’s framework using the levels of Bronfenbrenner’s (1977) experimental ecology. The result is a detailed multidimensional framework which facilitates a comprehensive approach to promoting wellbeing, and which charts a way forward for APP.