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Holli-Anne Passmore, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia
Director of the Nature-Meaning in Life Research Lab

Holli-Anne Passmore is a positive psychology researcher focusing on three main areas: 1) how connecting with nature can enhance well-being; 2) meaning in life; 3) the sense and experience of being alive. Her work has been published in several academic journals (e.g., Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, International Journal of Wellbeing, and Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology) and books (e.g., International Contributions to the Study of Positive Mental Health, Positive Psychology among Children and Adolescents). Holli-Anne has presented her work at national and international conferences including the past four World Congresses on Positive Psychology, and conferences held by the Canadian Positive Psychology Association and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

Recently, Holli-Anne was one of a select group of academics invited to a well-being summit in Kyoto to work with a foundation working to reinvent how the Gallup World Poll measures well-being. She has been an invited speaker at events such as The Gratitude Project and the 2015 Educating for Resilience conference. In March, 2017, GoGreenEx(Going Outdoors: Gathering Research Evidence on Environment and Exercise), an interdisciplinary research group based in Ireland, listed Holli-Anne as one of the women leading the way in environmental science whose endeavours have had an enormous impact on their work. Holli-Anne has received over $200,000 in grants and scholarship funding for her well-being research. Currently, Holli-Anne is collaborating with researchers in Canada, England, the Unietd States, China, Dubai, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Russia.

In 2018, she was honoured to be one of 14 recipients (from over 100 nominations) to be awarded a Golden Apple Award -- a student-initiated award recognizing instructors/professors who excel at structuring and delivering course material effectively to help students find value in the subject matter and learning process. In 2017, Holli-Anne received the UBC Provost's Award for Teaching Assistance Excellence. Her teaching experience includes: Positive Psychology, Psychology of Meaning, Research Methods, and Introduction to Psychology.

Holli-Anne has mentored many undergrad students over the past fours years via their participation in her research lab, the Nature-Meaning in Life Lab, Nature-MILL, as directed/independent study students and as research assistants. Her students have won awards at international conferences for their research presentations or received a UBC undergraduate research grant. Two of her (now former) students started graduate studies this fall having now chosen from offers they received at different institutions in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and BC; one former student will started graduate studies in Australia in February.

In the media, Holli-Anne's work on nature and well-being is featured on UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center's website, Greater Good in Action, as a pratical intervention to enhance well-being. Her work has also been featured in Psychology Today, SeniorsNews based in Australia, Positive Acorn, and the New York Daily News. Radio interviews include Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver and a half-hour feature on TerraInforma (Edmonton) discussing nature, well-being, and meaning in life. Holli-Anne was the featured guest on Pavan Mehat's YouTube channel, speaking about her research and other research on how nature can enhance our well-being.