Annalise Roache is a PhD student at Auckland University of Technology and graduate of the Master of Science (Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology) at the University of East London (UEL). Annalise’s research interests are Positive Psychology and wellbeing studies, especially the relationship between theory and practice. 

PhD Research focus

Her PhD topic is exploring Lay Theories of Wellbeing; An empirical study of New Zealand adults.

Goal: This two-stage, pragmatic constructionist, mixed method (QUAL+quant), study will use an anonymous online survey to collect open ended responses from a New Zealand convenience sample.

Thematic analysis will be used to triangulate relevant themes and provide a salient view of the individual and their lay theories, mental health status and wellbeing literacy. Stage two will use a number of focus groups to explore specific sub-group lay conceptualisations.

The benefits of this study include the identification of lay theories of wellbeing and a bridging of the gap between scientific theory and lay opinion, which could potentially provide insights into intervention and programme design to support the wellbeing of New Zealand citizens.

This study’s objectives will be achieved through four key research aims:

1) To capture lay opinions about wellbeing as a phenomenon in a New Zealand context.
2) To explore the difference in words and phrases used by lay people to discuss wellbeing at an individual and sub group level.
3) To explore how lay people self-report on wellbeing literacy, mental health and wellbeing.
4) To identify what similarities and differences are evident between lay conceptions of wellbeing and prominent wellbeing theory used in positive psychology.

Ethical guidelines for Positive Psychology Practice

Annalise is fornunate to be apart of a small but mighty research group with Dr Aaron Jarden, Dr Tayyab Rashid and Dr Tim Lomas who have developed the first ever Ethical Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practice, a proud achievement launched at the 2019 International Positive Psychology Association World Congress in Melbourne Australia. These guidelines cover aspects such as who has the ‘right’ to practice positive psychology, and how best practice can be supported and upheld. Throughout we focus specifically on the development of ethical protocols, drawing on guidelines in counselling, coaching, health related fields, and psychotherapy.

We have committed to and reviewing and republishing the guidelines on a bi annual basis and welcome feedback and support. Please do get in touch if you are interested in contributing to this important piece of work. (See below for publication links)

Masters research focus

A randomized control trial study undertaken to explore the impact of a new positive psychology intervention.  Life Lessons Positive Psychology Intervention: Can expressive writing which reflects on and harvests the perceived benefits of life events (positive and challenging) help to build self-efficacy, self-compassion and wellbeing?’ was conducted over an 8 month period and involved 185 participants to completion. The research yielded some unexpected and interesting results which Annalise has presented on at recent Positive Psychology Conferences both locally and internationally. The results are currently being drafted for publication.


Jarden, A., Rashid, T., Roache, A., & Lomas, T. (2019). Ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice (version 1.0: English). International Journal of Wellbeing, 9(3), 1-30. doi:10.5502/ijw.v9i3.921

Lomas, T., Roache, A., Rashid, T., & Jarden, A. (2019). Developing ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice: An on-going, iterative, collaborative endeavour. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 1-6.

Jarden, A., Rashid, T., Roache, A., Lomas, T., Heekerens, J. B., & Dreisörner, A. (2019). Ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice (version 1.0: German). International Journal of Wellbeing, 9(3), 1-36. doi:10.5502/ijw.v9i3.993

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