Research in psychology, psychiatry and neuorscience has traditionally focused on illness, dysfunction and treatment. Emphasizing pathology has led to important advances in many fields including the development of effective tools to diagnose and treat physical and mental challenges. However, a newly re-emerging field called 'Positive Psychology' recognizes that research should also consider the factors that contribute to human flourishing. Researchers in medicine and psychology frequently ask a common question: "what is wrong with you and how can we fix it?" Positive psychology is concerned with a very different question: "what is right with you and how can we promote it?"
In the fall of 2012, BrainTrust Canada entered into a research partnership with the University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) Department of Psychology, to examine the topic of positive psychology and to determine the indicators of positive well being in people who have experienced a brain injury. This exciting and cutting edge research, under the direction of Dr. Mark Holder, is now underway. Initial findings will be presented at our upcoming Okanagan Conference on Brain Injury, June 13th-14th, 2013, to be held at the campus of UBCO.