Building Thriving Communities from an Indigenous Psychology Perspective: Research, Services and Policy Making


  1. To feature the current research paradigm of resilience and positive psychology in Southeast Asia.

  2. To integrate indigenous resources in the study of resilience.

  3. To empower early career researchers to conduct positive psychology study from the indigenous methodology.

  4. To promote cultural diversity in communal resilience.

  5. One of the Sustainable Development Goals’ highlights communities #11, Sustainable cities and communities.


  1. Meanings of resilience or thriving from an indigenous perspective.

  2. Cultural strengths and indigenous resources for coping with adversities in SEA societies.

  3. Methodological challenges and innovation for studying resilience in SEA communities.

  4. Local knowledge or wisdom on personal and communal strengths.

  5. Cultural adaptations of (western) mental health interventions for developing resilience or thriving among the SEA communities.

  6. Policy or programs that promote thriving or resilience of minority groups in this region.

  7. Indigenous practices (e.g., rituals, games, dramas, sports) that promote communal resilience.


  1. This meeting invites a renowned Indigenous Psychology (IP) scholar from an international network to talk more about practices and research in indigenous mental health and well-being, especially in the context of Aboriginal Health in Western Australia.

  2. This meeting has two Plenary Sessions with renowned international psychologists to talk about their works on resilience and trauma from indigenous and psycho-anthropological approach.

  3. This meeting has research presentation sessions devoted to researchers, including early-career and student researchers to present their current research related to SEA.

  4. This meeting has three networking forums to facilitate the discussion on future collaboration in research, education or training, and practices with IP approach among scholars in SEA.

  5. This meeting provides an opportunity for early-career and student researchers to submit a full paper that will be considered to be published by partner journals of SEAIP 2023 Conference.



Professor Pat Dudgeon

University of West Australia (UWA)

Dr. Ryan Chua
Dr. Robert Lemelson

Monash University, Malaysia (MUM)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Topic: Practices and Research of Decolonial Psychology in the Study of Indigenous Resilience

Topic: Researching Resilience from the Indigenous Psychology Approach

Topic: Researching Trauma from the Psycho-anthropological Approach