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Dr Alex Linley biography

Below is a brief biography of Dr Alex Linley and some information on the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology which he founded.

Dr Alex Linley

Alex Linley is a psychologist and social entrepreneur. After time spent working first in business and then in academia, in 2005 Alex founded the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology, where he is now Director. CAPP is a social business, registered as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, and is focused on the applications of strengths in organisations and schools. CAPP’s profits are reinvested in its mission of Strengthening the World, a mission which is also supported through the charitable works of The Strengths Project, of which Alex is a Founding Trustee.

Alex holds the position of Visiting Professor in Psychology at the University of Leicester, and has delivered keynote presentations on strengths and positive psychology throughout Europe and in the Caribbean, the United States, and India. Alex has a first class BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from the University of Leicester and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Warwick. He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, holds the British Psychological Society Certificates of Competence in Occupational Testing (Level A and Level B), and is an accredited business coach, having graduated from the Meyler Campbell Business Coach™ program.

He has written, co-written, or edited more than 80 research papers and book chapters, and four books, including Positive Psychology in Practice (Wiley, 2004) and Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others (CAPP Press, 2008). He is an Associate Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Positive Psychology and the Journal of Positive Psychology, as well as Co-Editor of the International Coaching Psychology Review, and a regular reviewer for a number of journals, publishers, and grant awarding bodies.


The Centre for Applied Positive Psychology is the world’s only independent membership organisation, dedicated to advancing and disseminating Positive Psychology research, and to developing and promoting its applications.

The Centre was founded by Aex Linley and he is now Director.

For more information on CAPP and the work that is carried out there then visit the website: http://www.cappeu.org/index.aspx


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