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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. Currently, he is Senior Associate Editorof School Psychology International. He also serves as Associate Editor of Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, Journal of Happiness Studies, International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education and Current Psychology Further, he is sitting on the editorial boards of School Psychology (formerly School Psychology Quarterly), International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, and Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology. He is a recipient of 2019/20 President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Research - Early Career Research Excellence Scheme and 2020/21 Finalist for the FEHD Dean's Research Award: Journal Articles. He has been included in the list of The World's Top 2% Researchers Based on Scientific Impacts Across All Disciplines both in 2019 and 2020 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 COVID-19 Emerging Scholar and Diversity Award and 2020 Outstanding Reviewer Award by the editorial leadership of School Psychology International. He is also featured as a Researcher of the Month (March 2021) by Tooled Up Education, a UK-based website dedicated to promotion of evidence-based resources on all aspects of parenting, education and family life, for his research demonstrating the effects of kindness on students' media literacy skills in Hong Kong. In January 2022, he has been named an APS Rising Star, an award that recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contribution, by the Association for Psychological Science.

Research interests

  • Positive psychology
  • Positive education
  • Inclusive education

Teaching Interests

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

External Appointments

  • Associate Editor, Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being (January 2022 – present)
  • Senior Associate Editor, School Psychology International (June 2021 – present)
  • Associate Editor, Current Psychology (May 2021 – present)
  • Founding Associate Editor, Frontiers in Psychology: Positive Psychology (January 2021 – January 2022)
  • Editorial Board Member,Asian Journal of Social Psychology(January 2021 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member,Frontiers in Psychology: Educational Psychology (November 2020 – January 2022)
  • Associate Editor,Journal of Happiness Studies (July 2020 – present)
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education(July 2020 – present)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Philippine Journal of Psychology(July 2020 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Current Psychology (April 2020 – April 2021)
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology (April 2020 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member,School Psychology (February 2020 – present)
  • Consulting Editor, Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology (September 2018 – March 2022)
  • Associate Editor, School Psychology International (January 2018 – May 2021)

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