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Dr. Jesus Alfonso Daep Datu(Jess) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Counselling. He is a well-being scientist with research programs in positive psychology,positive education, and inclusive education. He uses cross-sectional, cross-cultural, cross-temporal, and intervention designs in exploring well-being factors and interventions that promote mental health, academic success, and inclusive attitude towards students with special needs. He is also the Lab Leader of the Science of Happiness and Positive Education (SHAPE) lab. His research appeared in reputable refereed journals such as Computers & Education, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of School Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, Youth & Society, School Psychology Quarterly,and Personality and Individual Differences. Currently, he is Co-Editor in Psychology of Journal of Happiness Studies. He is also a Founding Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology: Positive Psychology and an Associate Editor of International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education and School Psychology International. Further, he is sitting on the editorial boards of School Psychology (formerly School Psychology Quarterly), International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, Current Psychology, and Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology. He received the 2019 Service Award from the Division of School Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is a recipient of 2019/20President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Research - Early Career Research Excellence Scheme. Recently, he has been included in the list of The World's Top 2% Researchers Based on Scientific Impacts Across All Disciplines in 2019 based on a study published by a team of researchers led by Prof. John Ioannidis of the Stanford University (see Ioannidis et al., 2020 to access the full list of scholars and formulae used to calculate scientific impacts). He also receives other international scholarly recognitions such as the 2020 ARP Emerging Scholar and Diversity Award (i.e., an award bienially presented to recognize the exceptionally high quality work from emerging personality psychologists and to support the professional development of early career researchers/researchers from historically marginalized communities by the Association for Research in Personality or ARP) and 2020 Outstanding Reviewer Award by the editorial leadership of School Psychology International.

Research interests

  • Positive psychology
  • Positive education
  • Inclusive education

Teaching Interests

  • Social emotional development and special needs
  • Counselling
  • Research methods
  • Honours project

External Appointments

  • Founding Associate Editor,Frontiers in Psychology: Positive Psychology [IF2019 = 2.067; IF5year = 2.722] (January 2021 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member,Asian Journal of Social Psychology[IF2019= 1.063; IF5year= 1.283](January 2021 onwards)
  • Editorial Board Member,Frontiers in Psychology: Educational Psychology[IF2019= 2.067; IF5year= 2.722] (November 2020 – present)
  • Co-Editor Psychology,Journal of Happiness Studies[IF2019= 2.344; IF5year= 3.379](July 2020 – present)
  • Associate Editor,International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology[IF2019= 0.691; IF5year= 1.027](July 2020 – present)
  • Editorial Advisory Board,Philippine Journal of Psychology(July 2020 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member,Current Psychology [IF2019 = 2.051; IF5year = 1.795] (April 2020 – April 2021)
  • Editorial Board Member,International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology(April 2020 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member,School Psychology [IF2019 = 2.158; IF5year = 3.106] (February 2020 – December 2021)
  • Consulting Editor, Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology[IF2019 = 1.586; IF5year = 1.2012] (September 2018 – present)
  • Associate Editor,School Psychology International [IF2019 = 1.431; IF5year = 1.505] (January 2018 – May 2021)

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