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Dr Tim Lomas

Lecturer IN POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology

Tim Lomas is a lecturer in positive psychology on the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. His research interests are 'second wave' positive psychology, his cross-cultural lexicography, and mindfulness/Buddhism.

Tim Lomas
    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 is the lead author on numerous books, including a positive psychology textbook (entitled ‘Applied Positive Psychology), and is also the co-author of ‘Second Wave Positive Psychology,’ and the co-editor of ‘Mindfulness and Positive Psychology’ and ‘The Routledge Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology.’. Tim has also recently received two grants to develop mindfulness-based interventions for specific populations (at-risk youth, and older adults). His latest book, entitled ‘The Positive Power of Negative Emotions,’ will be published by Piatkus in Autumn 2016. Tim’s main research interests are 'second wave' positive psychology, his cross-cultural lexicography, and meditation/Buddhism.


    Lecturer in Positive Psychology
    PhD

    Overview




    Grants

    Lomas, T. (2014). Development of a mindfulness-based intervention for at-risk adolescent males. £9,384, awarded by the Richard Benjamin Memorial Trust.

    Lomas, T. (2014). Mindful wellbeing for older adults: Designing, implementing and assessing a pilot intervention. £9,820, awarded by the University of East London Early Career Researcher Accelerator Fund.

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    Lomas, T., Edginton, T., Cartwright, T., & Ridge, D. (2015). Cultivating equanimity through mindfulness meditation: A mixed methods enquiry into the development of decentring capabilities. International Journal of Wellbeing, 5(3), 88–106. doi:10.5502/ijw.v5i3.7|

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T., & Ridge, D. (2015). A qualitative analysis of experiential challenges associated with meditation practice. Mindfulness, 6(4), 848–860. doi:10.1007/s12671-014-0329-8|

    Lomas, T., & Ivtzan, I. (2015). Second wave positive psychology: Exploring the positive-negative dialectics of wellbeing. Journal of Happiness Studies. doi:10.1007/s10902-015-9668-y|

    Lomas, T. (2015). Positive social psychology: A multilevel inquiry into socio-cultural wellbeing initiatives. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. doi:10.1037/law0000051|

    Brani, O., Hefferon, K., Lomas, T., Ivtzan, I., & Painter, J. (2014). The impact of body awareness on subjective wellbeing: The role of mindfulness. International Journal of Body Psychotherapy, 13(1), 94–107.|

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T., & Ridge, D. (2014). Engagement with meditation as a positive health trajectory: Divergent narratives of progress in male meditators. Psychology and Health, 29(2), 218–236. doi:10.1080/08870446.2013.843684|

    Lomas, T., Edginton, T., Cartwright, T., & Ridge, D. (2014). Men developing emotional intelligence through meditation? Combining narrative, cognitive, and EEG findings. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 15(2), 213–224. doi:10.1037/a0032191|

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T., & Ridge, D. (2014). A religion of wellbeing?: The appeal of Buddhism to men in London, UK. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6(3), 198–207. doi:10.1037/a0036420|

    Lomas, T., Hefferon, K., & Ivtzan, I. (2014). The LIFE model: A meta-theoretical conceptual map for applied positive psychology. Journal of Happiness Studies, 1–18. doi:10.1007/s10902-014-9563-y|

    Lomas, T. (2014). Exploring the impact of meditation on men’s mental health: Combining narrative analysis and cognitive neuroscience assessment. SAGE Cases in Methodology. doi:10.4135/978144627305013496526|

    Surana, P. K., & Lomas, T. (2014). The power of charity: Does giving away money improve the wellbeing of the donor? Indian Journal of Positive Psychology, 5(3), 223–230.|

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T., & Ridge, D. (2013). ‘I was so done in that I just recognized it very plainly, “You need to do something”’: Men’s narratives of struggle, distress and turning to meditation. Health, 17(2), 191–208. doi:10.1177/1363459312451178|

    Lomas, T. (2013). Critical positive masculinity. Masculinties and Social Change, 2(2), 167–193. doi:10.4471/MCS.2013.28|

    Books

    Lomas, T., Hefferon, K., & Ivtzan, I. (2014). Applied positive psychology: Integrated positive practice. London: Sage.|

    Lomas, T. (2014). Masculinity, meditation, and mental health. London: Palgrave MacMillan.|

    Conference Papers

    Worth, P., Lomas, T., Hefferon, K., & Ivtzan, I. (2014, July). Embracing the dark side of life with positive psychology. Workshop presented at the 7th European conference on positive psychology, Amsterdam.|

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T., & Ridge, D. (2011). Men behaving well?: Journeys towards constructive engagement with well-being through meditation. Paper presented at the 7th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, Adelaide, Australia.|

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T., & Ridge, D. (2011). Men behaving well?: Journeys towards constructive engagement with well-being through meditation. Paper presented at the BSA Medical Sociology 2011 Annual Conference, Chester, UK.|

    Poster Sessions

    Worth, P., Lomas, T., Hefferon, K., & Ivtzan, I. (2014, July). Embracing the dark side of life with positive psychology. Poster session presented at the 7th European conference on positive psychology, Amsterdam.|

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T., & Ridge, D. (2010). Men behaving well?: Journeys towards constructive engagement with well-being through meditation. Poster session presented at the Seminar Day on Men’s Health Behaviour, University of Sussex, UK.|

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T., & Ridge, D. (2010). Men behaving well?: Journeys towards constructive engagement with well-being through meditation. Poster session presented at the 24th European Health Psychology Conference, Translyvania, Romania.|

    Invited Talks

    Lomas, T. (2014, May). An introduction to positive psychology. Presented at Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.|

    Lomas, T. (2014, March). The LIFE model in business. Presented at the Euregio Positive Psychology Seminar, Aarchen, Netherlands.|

    Lomas, T., & Hefferon, K. (2014, February). Using positive psychology interventions in the context of unemployment. Presentation and training given to Learn Direct. Hatfield, Hartfordshire.|


    Collaborators

    Funding

    The spectrum of positive affect: A cross-cultural conceptual analysis

    Lomas, T.. 2018. International Journal of Wellbeing. 7(3), 1-18.

    Five words that matter to psychology 

    Tim Lomas . 2018. The Psychologist.

    An art history of happiness: Western approaches to the good life through the last 1000 years, as illustrated in art

    Lomas, T., Lomas, C.. 2018. Journal of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. 1-24.

    The dynamics of spirituality: A cross-cultural lexical analysis 

    Tim Lomas . 2018. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality .

    The quiet virtues of sadness: A selective theoretical and interpretative appreciation of its contribution to wellbeing

    Lomas, T.. 2018. New Ideas in Psychology. 49(18-26).

    The flavours of love: A cross-cultural lexical analysis 

    Tim Lomas . 2018. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.

    Masculinity in the midst of mindfulness: Exploring the gendered experiences of at-risk adolescent boys.

    Lomas, T., Garraway, E., Stanton, C., Ivtzan, I.. 2018. Men and Masculinities. ..

    The spatial contours of wellbeing: A content analysis of metaphor in academic discourse

    Tim Lomas. 2018. Journal of Positive Psychology[No text in field]. 78.

    A systematic review of the impact of mindfulness on the wellbeing of healthcare professionals

    Lomas, T., Medina, J., Ivtzan, I., Rupprecht, S., Eiroa-Orosa, F.. 2018. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 7(3), 319-355.

    "It's like taking a bit of masculinity away from you": Towards a theoretical understanding of men's experiences of infertility

    Dolan A, Lomas T, Ghobara T & Hartshorne G. 2017.

    The impact of mindfulness on the well-being and performance of educators: A systemic review of the empirical literature

    Lomas T, Medina J, Ivtzan I, Rupprecht S & Eiroa-Orosa F. 2017. Teaching and Teacher Education. 61, 132-141.

    The impact of mindfulness on well-being and performance in the workplace: and inclusive systematic review of the empirical literature

    Tim Lomas, Joan Medina, Itai Ivtzan, Silke Rupprecht, Rona Hart & Francisco Eiroa-Orosa. 2017. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 26(4), 492-513.

    Zen and the art of living mindfully: The health-enhancing potential of Zen aesthetics 

    Tim Lomas, Nancy Etcoff, William Van Gordon & Edo Shonin. 2017. Religion and Health. 56(5), 1720-1729.

    The value of ambivalent emotions: A cross-cultural lexical analysis

    Tim Lomas. 2017. Qualitative Research in Psychology.

    Developing a Growth Mindset through outdoor personal development: can an intervention underpinned by psychology increase the impact of an outdoor learning course for young people? 

    Kate O'Brien & Tim Lomas . 2017 .  Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning . 17(2), 133-147.

    A meditation on boredom: Re-appraising its value through introspective phenomenology 

    Tim Lomas. 2017 . Qualitative Research in Psychology . 14(1), 1-22.

    “I feel I can live every minute if I choose to”: Participants’ experience of a mindfulness based flourishing programme 

    David Perridge, Kate Hefferon, Tim Lomas, & Itai Ivtzan . 2017 . Qualitative Research in Psychology . 14(4), 482-504.

    Exploring the role of purpose in the lives of career changers: A qualitative inquiry 

    Jessie Zhu, Tim Lomas, Jolanta Burke & Itai Ivtzan . 2017 . Journal of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing . 1(2), 109–128.

    Re-contextualising mindfulness: Theravada Buddhist perspectives on the ethical and spiritual dimensions of awareness

    Tim Lomas. 2017. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 9(2), 209-219.

    Flourishing as a dialectical balance: Emerging insights from second wave positive psychology 

    Tim Lomas . 2016 . Palgrave Communications. 2:16018.

    Self-transcendence through shared suffering: A transpersonal theory of compassion

    Lomas, T.. 2016. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.

     The magic of ‘untranslatable’ words: Building a positive cross-cultural lexicography 

    Tim Lomas . 2016 . Scientific American . July.

    Towards a positive cross-cultural lexicography: Enriching our emotional landscape through 216 ‘untranslatable’ words pertaining to wellbeing

    Lomas, T.. 2016. The Journal of Positive Psychology.

    Difficulties generating self-compassion: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Bayir, A., Lomas, T.. 2016. The Journal of Happiness and Wellbeing. 5(4), 15-33.

    Personal and collective resilience building - A suicide prevention program for schools using positive psychology

    Goldsmith, C., Lomas, T.. 2016. Journal of Neurology and Stroke. 4(3).

    Positive art: Artistic expression and appreciation as an exemplary vehicle for flourishing

    Lomas, T.. 2016. Review of General Psychology.

    Positive psychology - The second wave

    Tim Lomas. 2016 . The Psychologist. 29, 536-539.

    The art of second wave positive psychology: Harnessing Zen aesthetics to explore the dialectics of flourishing 

    Tim Lomas . 2016. International Journal of Wellbeing . 6(2), 14-29.

    Mindful Living in Older Age: A pilot study of a brief, community-based, ‘positive aging’ intervention

    Lomas, T., Ivtzan, I., Yong, C. Y.. 2016. Mindfulness.

    Positive social psychology: A multilevel inquiry into socio-cultural wellbeing initiatives

    Lomas, T.. 2015. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. 21(3), 338-347.

    Positive cross-cultural psychology: Exploring similarity and difference in constructions and experiences of wellbeing

    Lomas, T.. 2015. International Journal of Wellbeing. 5(4), 60-77.

    ). The LIFE model: A meta-theoretical conceptual map for applied positive psychology

    Lomas, T., Hefferon, K., Ivtzan, I.. 2015. Journal of Happiness Studies. 16(5), 1347-1364.

    New ways of being a man: ‘Positive’ hegemonic masculinity in meditation-based communities of practice

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T., Ridge, D.. 2015. Men and Masculinities. 5(3), 88-106.

    Cultivating equanimity through mindfulness meditation: A mixed methods enquiry into the development of decentring capabilities

    Lomas, T., Edginton. T., Cartwright, T., Ridge, D.. 2015. International Journal of Wellbeing. 5(3), 88-106.

    Second wave positive psychology: Exploring the positive-negative dialectics of wellbeing

    Lomas, T., Ivtzan, I.. 2015. Journal of Happiness Studies.

    A systematic review of the neurophysiology of mindfulness on EEG oscillations

    Lomas, T., Ivtzan, I., Fu. C.. 2015. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 57, 401-410.

    Making meaning through mentoring: Mentors finding fulfilment at work through self-determination and self-reflection

    Kennett, P., Lomas, T.. 2015. International Journal of Evidenced Based Coaching and Mentoring. 13(2), 29-44.

    Engagement with meditation as a positive health trajectory: Divergent narratives of progress in male meditators

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T., Ridge. 2015. Psychology and Health. 29(2), 218-236.

    A qualitative summary of experiential challenges associated with meditation practice

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T. Edginton, T., Ridge, D.. 2015. Mindfulness. 6(4), 848-860.

    The impact of strength-based interventions on the well-being of expatriate spouses

    Torres, L.  Lomas, T.. 2015. Revista Latinoamerica De Psicologia Positiva. 2(1)m 46-61.

    The power of charity: Does giving away money improve the wellbeing of the donor?

    Surana, P., Lomas, T.. 2014. Indian Journal of Positive Psychology. 5(2), 223-230..

    A religion of wellbeing?: The appeal of Buddhism to men in London, UK

    Lomas, T., Cartwright, T., Edginton, T., Ridge, D.. 2014. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 6(3), 198-207.

    A passionate way of being: A qualitative study revealing the passion spiral.

    Halonen, S., Lomas, T.. 2014. International Journal of Psychological Research. 7(2).

    The impact of body awareness on subjective wellbeing: The role of mindfulness.

    Brani, O., Hefferon, K., Lomas, T., Ivtzan, I., Painter, J.. 2014. International Journal of Bosy Psychotherapy. 13(1), 94-107..

    Men developing emotional intelligence through meditation? Combining narrative, cognitive, and EEG findings

    Lomas, T., Edginton, T., Cartwright, T., Ridge, D.. 2014. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. 15(2), 213-224.

    ‘I was so done in that I just recognized it very plainly, “You need to do something”’: Men’s narratives of struggle, distress and turning to meditation.

    Lomas, T., Cartwright., Edginton, T., Ridge, D.. 2013. Health:. 17(2), 191-208.

    Critical positive masculinity

    Lomas, T. 2013. Masculinities and Social Change. 2(2), 167-193..

    Publications

    My main research focus at present is developing my 'positive cross-cultural lexicography'.

    I published an initial paper about the project in the Journal of Positive Psychology in January 2016. Since then, I have been expanding and developing the lexicography, which can be accessed via my website, as well as preparing and writing a number of papers based on specific words and themes within it. There have also been features on the project in a number of publications, including The New Yorker, Scientific American, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Stylist, The Psychologist, The BPS Research Digest, and The Huffington Post.

    Research

    Meditation
    Religion/spirituality
    Gender
    Cognitive neuroscience
    Integral theory
    Multidimensional approaches to wellbeing


    Interests




    PY7710: Advanced Positive Psychology: Theory and Practice

    GC7912: Multidimensional Flourishing

    MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology

    Teaching