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Michelle McQuaid Ph.D.


Michelle McQuaid, Ph.D.

Sought around the world for her playful approach to translate cutting-edge research in positive psychology and neuroscience into practical actions, Michelle helps people and workplaces to thrive.

A best-selling author with more than 25 years of global leadership experience in organizations of all sizes, she works with boards, leadership teams, managers, and employees to help them move beyond their fears, improve their resilience and well-being, and build authentic and productive connections so they can do the best work of their lives.

Michelle’s unique ability to inspire, energize, and support people to create lasting strengths-based changes is why her clients include Deloitte’s, IBM, LendLease, Treasury Wine Estate, the Dubai Government, and Melbourne University among many others.

With a Ph.D. for her research on Appreciative Inquiry Summits and a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, Michelle has led the charge on creating free, evidence-based tools for workplaces including The PERMAH Well-being Survey (

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