Publications & Research

Following is a selection of publications and other research activity by our staff and students. This list is not exhaustive and is continually being updated. If you would like something added to the website, please contact us.

Team Members’ Recent Research Profiles (Bucks Knowledge Archive):

Ceri Sims

Genevieve Cseh

Matthew Smith

UK Applied Positive Psychology Symposium Proceedings:

Proceedings of the 5th Annual Applied Positive Psychology Symposium – 2019

Proceedings of the 4th Annual Applied Positive Psychology Symposium – 2018

Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Applied Positive Psychology Symposium – 2017

Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Applied Positive Psychology Symposium – 2016

Recent Books & Book Chapters:

Bradley, Scott and Worth, Piers (2017) Character strengths in sport and physical activity. In: Positive Psychology in Sport and Physical Activity: An Introduction. Routledge. ISBN 978-1138235595

Cseh, Genevieve M. (2016). Flow in Creativity: A Review of Potential Theoretical Conflict. In: Flow Experience. Springer, pp. 79-94. ISBN 978-3-319-28632-7

Ivtzan, I, Lomas, T, Hefferon, K and Worth, Piers (2015) Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life. Routledge. ISBN 9781138818668

Smith, Matthew D. and Worth, Piers (2019) Positive psychology and ‘luck’ experiences. In: The Routledge Handbook of Theories of Luck. London. Routledge. Routledge, London. (Submitted)

Worth, Piers (2010) Four questions of creativity: Keys to a creative life. Trafford Publishing. ISBN 978-1426925443

Worth, Piers (2015) The hero’s journey. In: Second Wave Positive Psychology. Routledge, pp. 175-196. ISBN 978-1138818668

Worth, Piers (2015) Positive development – our journey of growth. In: Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life. Routledge, pp. 31-54. ISBN 978-1138818668

Worth, Piers, Gavrielides, Theo, Smith, Matthew D., Ntziadima, Andriana and Gouseti, Ioanna (2015) The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Creating the Inner and Outer Space for Change – An Observation of Restorative Justice Meetings. In: The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within. Routledge, pp. 203-226. ISBN 978-1472455307

Worth, Piers and Smith, Matthew D. (2017) Critical positive psychology: A creative convergence of two disciplines. In: The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology. Routledge International Handbooks . Routledge, pp. 3-10. ISBN 978-1138961432

Recent Journal Articles:

Cheng, C., Sims, C. et al. (2011). Sociocultural differences in self-construal and subjective well-being: A test of four cultural models, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42(5), 832-855.

Cseh, Genevieve M., Phillips, Louise H. and Pearson, David G. (2016) Mental and perceptual feedback in the development of creative flow. Consciousness and Cognition, 42. pp. 150-161. ISSN 10538100

Cseh, Genevieve M., Phillips, Louise H. and Pearson, David G. (2015) Flow, affect and visual creativity. Cognition and Emotion, 29 (2). pp. 281-291. ISSN 0269-9931

Moss, Gloria, Sims, Ceri M., McDuff, Nona and Tatam, John (2018) The impact of academic leadership behaviours on BME student attainment. Leadership Insights: Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. pp. 1-11.

Sims, C., & Morton, J. (2021). Remembering breakfast: How do pre-schoolers represent an everyday event? Cognition, PMID: 33722388 DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2021.104654.

Sims, C. M., & Thompson, P. (2020). The effect of student leadership roles and behaviours on motivation and well-being. Journal of the Institute of Teaching and Learning, 42-43.

Sims, C. M., & Thompson, P. (2021). Pupils as leaders – It is not all about wearing a badge. Independent Schools Magazine, The professional Journal for Management and Staff, 33-33.

Sims, Ceri M. (2016) Do the big-five personality traits predict empathic listening and assertive communication? International Journal of Listening. pp. 1-26. ISSN 1090-4018

Sims, Ceri M. (2017) Second wave positive psychology coaching difficult emotions: Introducing the mnemonic of ‘TEARS HOPE’. The Coaching Psychologist, 13 (2). pp. 66-79. ISSN 1748-1104

Sims, Ceri M. (2014) Self-regulation coaching to alleviate student procrastination: Addressing the likeability of studying behaviours. International Coaching Psychology Review, Vol. 9 (2). pp. 147-164. ISSN 1750-2764

Sims, Ceri M. (2017) What do positive psychology postgraduate students have to say about attending a coaching psychology congress? European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, 1 (5). pp. 1-4. ISSN 2397-7116

Wong, Paul T P and Worth, Piers (2017) The deep-and-wide hypothesis in giftedness and creativity. Psychology and Education Journal, 54 (3-4).

Worth, Piers (2017) Positive Psychology Interventions: The First Intervention Is Our Self. In: Positive Psychology Interventions in Practice. Springer, pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-3-319-51787-2

Worth, Piers, Bradley, Scott and Morgan, Paul BC (2016) Strengths-based approaches and resilience development: a perspective from sport psychology. AI Practitioner.