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Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker & Featured Presenter

Tim Nichols, PhD

Keynote Speaker

Companies across the country are seeing the value of hiring psychologists but not just for wellness programs. Dr. Tim Nichols, a graduate of Georgia Tech in Engineering Psychology, is one of those psychologists. Leading a team of researchers at Microsoft Studios, Dr. Nichols works to figure out why people do what they do including understanding technology’s role in satisfying fundamental human needs like play and connecting with others.

Dr. Nichols will expand our horizons in looking beyond clinical psychology in his keynote address, “ Fight for the Users: Empathy & Science in Game Development ”, where he will speak on the needs and goals of game players and how companies like Microsoft use behavioral research methodologies in the development of their games. Dr. Nichols’ workshop, “ Innovation Because We Should, Not Because We Can”, is designed to help highlight where psychologists apply behavioral research to develop and improve the continuously growing field of technological products.

Please join GPA in welcoming Dr. Nichols to Georgia!


Nansook Park, PhD

Featured Presenter

Dr. Nansook Park is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Michigan Positive Psychology Center at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses positive psychology with a goal of understanding of how the human experience teaches lessons about building a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. Speaking on the four topics of concern to positive psychology: positive experiences, positive traits, positive relationships, and positive institutions, Dr. Park will provide an overview of major positive psychology research and effective hands-on techniques that can be applied in various settings to build and sustain a thriving life, including discussing key issues and considerations associated with practices for people with different cultural and social backgrounds and abilities.

She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who has been invited to speak on positive psychology at both national and international workshops, and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters.