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Barbara Fredrickson

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Barbara Fredrickson is Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (PEP Lab) at UNC-Chapel Hill, Founding Co-Chair of the Association of Positive Emotion Laboratories (APEL), and current President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). Among the most highly cited scholars in psychology, Barbara is most known for her "broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions," foundational within Positive Psychology for providing a blueprint for how pleasant emotional states, as fleeting as they are, contribute to resilience, wellbeing, and health.