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Dr Rona Hart

Senior Lecturer in Applied Positive Psychology

School of Psychology, Psychology

Senior lecturer in Applied Positive Psychology: lecturing and conducting research on the science and applications of positive psychology particularly in the work domain.

    Dr Rona Hart BA MA MSc GC-PGDip PhD began her academic career as a Social Psychology researcher in Education, and completed her PhD at King’s College London.

    She also has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Group Counselling and recently completed the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programme at UEL.

    Her PhD explored the experience of immigrant families as they engaged with London schools, and she was particularly interested in the coping mechanisms that immigrant families employ to overcome the hurdles of international migration and the challenges of adapting to a new culture, and raising children in a cross cultural environment.

    She began to engage with Positive Psychology research and apply its interventions during her PhD, when she developed and delivered a cross-cultural psycho-educational programme for overseas students. The programme drew from her dissertation, and was designed to ease participants’ cross-cultural adaptation process, lessen transition shock and culture shock symptoms, increase wellbeing, and promote their socio-cultural integration.

    In her subsequent jobs she developed and delivered two additional cross-cultural psycho-educational courses which incorporated Positive Psychology interventions: the Crossing Cultures Effectively relocation and cross-cultural expatriate training programme, and the Global Leadership executive training programme.

    Over the years she has developed expertise in cross-cultural moves, mindfulness, goal-setting, and the psychology of change, in particular coping and resilience, and has been teaching these topics both in higher education as well as in other organisational settings and has published several books and papers on these topics.

    Rona is a senior lecturer in Applied Positive Psychology and teaches mainly on the Msc  in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology programme (MAPPCP).

    She is a module leader of core positive psychology modules, and contributes to other modules delivered as part of the MAPPCP programmes including the Research Methods and Dissertation modules.

    Rona also contributes to other programmes delivered in other departments of the School of Psychology.

    Rona is currently supervising Msc and PhD students who are conducting their research on various positive psychology topics, using quantitative and qualitative methods.

    She also delivers staff wellbeing, resilience and mindfulness training.

    Dr Rona Hart

    PhD in Education (Social Psychology) - King's College London, Department of Education

    MSc in Applied Positive Psychology - UEL, School of Psychology - Graduated with a distinction

    Post Graduate Diploma in Group counselling - TELEM

    MA in Education and Social Psychology -  TAU,  School of Education - Graduated with a distinction

    BA in Education and Sociology - TAU, School of education - Graduated with a distinction



    Rona’s current research can be situated in the Positive Organisational Scholarship domain and covers three inter-related topics:

    1. Positive organisational scholarship: in particular meaning of work, calling, change management, coping with stress at work, and career resilience.

    2. Cross-cultural work and international relocation:  the challenges of international work.

    3. Mindfulness applications at work.

    Selected publications

    Publically available research outputs are available to download from UEL’s Research Open Access Repository (ROAR).


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    Peer reviewed journal articles

    Sinclair, E., Hart, R., & Lomas, T. (2020). Can positivity be counterproductive when suffering domestic abuse?: A narrative review. International Journal of Wellbeing, 10(1) 26-53.

    Lomas, T., Medina, J. C., Ivtzan, I., Rupprecht, S., Hart, R., & Eiroa-Orosa, F. J. (2017). The impact of mindfulness on well-being and performance in the workplace: an inclusive systematic review of the empirical literature. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 0(0), 1–22.

    Ivtzan, I., Young, T., Martman, J., Jeffrey, A., Lomas, T., Hart, R., Eiroa-Orosa, F.J. (2016) Integrating mindfulness into positive psychology: a randomized controlled trial of an online mindfulness program. Mindfulness, 1-12.

    Hart, R., Ivtzan, I., & Hart, D. (2013). Mind the gap in mindfulness research: a comparative account of the leading schools of thought. Review of General Psychology, 17(4), 453–466.

    Gold, S., & Hart, R. (2013). Transnational ties during a time of crisis: Israeli emigration, 2000 to 2004.
    International Migration, 51(3), 194–216.

    Ivtzan, I., Gardner, H. E., Bernard, I., Sekhon, M., & Hart, R. (2013). Wellbeing through self-fulfilment: examining developmental aspects of self-actualization. The Humanistic Psychologist, 41(2), 119–132.

    Conference presentations

    Hart, D. & Hart. R. (2016) Called to the flag: The calling orientation of Israeli state ambassadors. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California, August 2016


    Hart, R. (2020) Positive Psychology: The Basics. Routledge.

    Hart, R. (2012). Preparing for your move abroad: relocating, settling in, and managing culture shock. London; New York: Kuperard and Random House Publishers.|

    Hart, R. (Ed) (2001). Home and Away: Researching Familiar and Unfamiliar Sites. London: King's College London.

    Book chapters

    Ivtzan, I., & Hart, R. (2016). Mindfulness scholarship and interventions: a review. In A. Baltzell (ed.) Cambridge Handbook on Mindfulness and Performance (pp. 3-29). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


    • Delivering the staff Wellbeing and resilience workshops.
    • Delivering the staff survey workshops
    • Delivering mindfulness training


    Perspectives on Wellbeing
    Research Methods
    The search for something higher
    Flourishing in organisational systems
    Psychology of belief
    MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology
    Bsc Psychology