Positive Psychology Interventions: Boosting Optimism

Event Type: Workshop

Event Theme: Evidence-based Practice

Speaker: Dr. Edward Hoffman (Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology, Yeshiva University)

Date: 10 Oct 2019 (Thursday)

Time: 4:15pm - 6:00pm

Venue: RLB303, Research Complex, HKSYU

Language: English



1) Refreshment will be provided. 
2) Free Admission.
3) Registration is not compulsory but recommended for seat-reservation and news update.


Beginning with Dr. Martin Seligman’s seminal work in this eld (he was Dr. Homan’s psychology professor at Cornell University), optimism has consistently been found to be a vital trait for psychological well-being. It is an important aspect of mental health and resilience, as well as personal health management and coping with chronic illness. In this regard, a variety of interventions have been empirically conducted to boost trait optimism. In this lecture, Dr. Homan will highlight such interventions and also report on meta-analyses in this domain. He will also indicate avenues for future research. 


About the Presenter

Edward Hoffman, Ph.D. is an adjunct associate professor at Yeshiva University, and received

his degrees in psychology from Cornell University and the University of Michigan at Ann Abor. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, the Indian Journal of Positive Psychology, and the Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Dr. Hoffman is co-author with Dr. William C. Compton of Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing, 3rd edition (Sage Publications, 2019), the leading college textbook in the world on positive psychology, and currently being translated into Chinese. Dr. Hoffman has also authored major biographies of Alfred Adler and Abraham Maslow, both translated into several languages including Chinese.

Contact Information

Should you have any enquiries, Please feel free to contact: cebp@hksyu.edu