Lara's interest in the good life, virtue and character began when studying philosophy in the UK. Her goal is to create resources that draw on the science of well-being, particularly for parents and adolescents. Recent projects have included creating wellbeing-based videos, podcasts, online lectures and lessons. She collaborates with academic staff, psychologists as well as creating resources for her own students.
Lara is currently studying a PhD in Positive Psychology and Sport at La Trobe University. She has developed an online training program for youth sports coaches called Growth-Focused Sports Coaching (G-FSC). The program teaches coaches about behaviours they can dial up to support player wellbeing and motivation as well as behaviours they can dial down to avoid player burnout, dropout and poor sportsmanship. It looks at goals, character and designing a coaching legacy, too.
Lara lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and three children who are all familiar with their top character strengths and use them in their own lives. She is the co-founder of The Strengths Exchange with Professor Lea Waters, a strength-based positive parenting website. The site provides a free resources for parents wishing to build a language around strengths. It encourages parents and children to spot strengths in others, too.
Aside from her family, one of Lara's main passions is football (soccer). She is a player and supporter who regularly attends A-League games. She writes about positive youth football development and her articles and blogs can be found on the Player Development Project website.
Teaching at the University of Melbourne. Guest Lecturer on the Master of Applied Positive Psychology and Master of Applied Psychology. Co-development and delivery of Performance, Potential, and Development. Tutor and Guest Lecturer on Wellbeing, Motivation and Performance.
Associate Lecturer at La Trobe University. Development and delivery of Positive Psychology an undergraduate subject.
Tutor on Positive Leadership and Careers, and Positive Communities and Organisations at the University of Melbourne.
Teaching Associate at Monash University on the Master of Management. Teacher
Average student evaluation score 4.8+ out of 5
Average class size approx. 50 students
Trainer at The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins in leadership, diversity, customer service, strategic planning, marketing and public relations topics.
Visiting lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire lecturing in Plato's views on women and the family.
Developing training material for the not-for-profit sector.