Antonella Delle Fave

Antonella Delle Fave, MD specialized in Clinical Psychology, is professor of Psychology at the Medical School, University of Milano, Italy. Her research activities are primarily focused on the investigation of flow experience, daily experience fluctuation, and well-being across cultures and among individuals exposed to conditions of diversity and adversity. Through her field work she contributed to building the largest international data bank on flow experience, collecting information in four continents among a variety of participants, including shepherds and farmers, artists, scientists, teachers, health professionals, members of spiritual communities and religious congregations, persons with mental and physical disabilities, and persons experiencing marginalization such as street children, homeless people and illegal migrants. During the last ten years, together with colleagues from 18 countries she has been implementing the “Eudaimonic and Hedonic Happiness Investigation” project, devoted to the study of well-being across cultures. She has been conducting research and intervention projects aimed at identifying and mobilizing psychological and social resources among persons with chronic diseases and their family caregivers.

More recently, the acquisition of a Master degree in the traditional medical system of Ayurveda led her to develop collaborations with Indian researchers and clinicians, aimed at exploring pathways of integration between Western science and Ayurveda, in order to expand knowledge and improve management of psychophysical health and disease. Her scientific production includes papers in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as authored and edited international books. She actively contributed to the international promotion and dissemination of positive psychology and well-being research as President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), the European Network of Positive Psychology (ENPP), and the Società Italiana di Psicologia Positiva (SIPP). Since 2010 she is serving as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Happiness Studies.