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April 2, 2015

THE QUALITY OF LIFE CONFERENCE: The Future of Quality of Life, ISQOLS 2015

Call for Papers

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Contact: isqols2015@gmail.com

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) along with our co-host, Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation invite researchers from all disciplines, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe to participate in the 2015 Quality of Life Conference “The Future of Quality of Life.” We invite you to join an exciting convening of quality of life thinkers October 15 – 17, 2015 in exciting Phoenix, Arizona. Join us as we explore ideas, new approaches, and innovative thinking about dimensions of quality of life that impact us all. The Sonoran Desert environment is a stunning place to convene, and symbolic of many issues facing areas around the world – immigration and inclusion, climate change and issues of resources, rapid urbanization and fascinating cultures intersecting in one of the US’s largest cities. See more details about the topics, sessions, fees, and publication opportunities with ISQOLS’s journal and book series at www.isqols.org.

ISQOLS is a multidisciplinary society encouraging the pursuit of quality of life studies and application. This international group convenes regularly to share ideas and findings, and actively supports the dissemination of findings and thoughts via its journal and newsletter, Applied Research in Quality of Life, and Social Indicators Network News as well as its allied publications (see www.isqols.org/resources/publications ). We encourage scholars and practitioners from all disciplines and perspectives to join us to promote quality of life globally via research, policy, and partnerships.

Conference Theme and Topics:

Our theme is “The Future of Quality of Life” and we welcome papers from all related disciplines. Submissions on issues of quality of life, well-being, happiness and any dimension of quality of life are welcome. Are we in the best of times, or entering an age of intolerance? What about the impacts of longevity or climate change? What are the implications for quality of life?

Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations

  • Foundations for quality of life and happiness
  • Views on quality of life in new philosophical approaches (e.g., capability approach, new realism)
  • New impacts of neurosciences and behavioral sciences on quality of life
  • Preservation of living conditions and intergenerational justice
  • Art and Culture: Philosophy, Experience and Quality of Life

Empirical Applications

  • Causes and consequences in happiness and quality of life
  • Social indicators – instruments for the improvement and preservation of quality of life
  • Living conditions, life domains, and quality of life over the life cycle

Methods, Measurement and Assessments

  • Statistical methods and multidimensional applications for measurement of quality of life
  • New survey methods for the measurement of happiness and quality of life
  • Qualitative methods to study quality of life
  • Databases, techniques, and sources

Place-based and Global Quality of Life

  • Quality of life in the local and regional environment including community well-being, planning, and development
  • Trends in poverty, inequality and the distribution of living conditions in cross-national perspectives
  • Global and regional impacts (increasing world population, global economics, climate change, limits of resources, immigration, border conflicts) on the distribution of living conditions within and between countries

Current Issues

  • Topics of special interest include, but are not limited to, social intolerance and justice, sustainability and resilience, employment, community, immigration, history of well-being, as well as the meaning of quality of life in the future.
  • Enhancing quality of life – the role of philanthropy, public, private and social sectors
  • Beyond Gross Domestic Product – review of debates and agenda for action
  • Applications and approaches for improving living conditions



How to Submit Your Proposal or Session

Please submit your proposed abstract of approximately 200 words with a list of 3-5 keywords using the online submission site at www.isqols.org/call-for-paper-submission-form/. If you intend to organize a session, please indicate on the form. For sessions submit a 500 word proposal along with a list of potential papers. All submitted abstracts and session proposals will be reviewed by the ISQOLS members organizing the conference. There will be opportunities to submit your paper for publication consideration in a special issue of our journal as well as book volumes in our series with Springer.

Important Dates:

Conference Date: October 15-17, 2015

Submission of Abstracts: April 1 - May 15, 2015

Announcement of Acceptance: May 30, 2015

Registration Opens: May 15, 2015


Visiting Phoenix and Arizona:

Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport provides direct service and connections from numerous cities, with light rail connections to our conference venue. The Renaissance Hotel is located in vibrant downtown Phoenix offering plenty of choices in restaurants and cultural venues. We have a special conference rate of $119 per night, see information about the hotel and location at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxbd-renaissance-phoenix-downtown-hotel/. We will hold our opening session and reception at the renowned Heard Museum of American Indian Art & History http://heard.org/. An optional tour to the Grand Canyon will be available on October 18. Come explore the spectacular vistas of Phoenix and Arizona, visit http://www.visitphoenix.com/index.aspx for a sample of the exciting options!

Reserve your hotel room for the conference at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ISQ2015. A special group rate of $119 is available, (regular rates are over $330!). Use the link above or call 1-800-309-8138 to reserve. The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown is right on the light rail, with easy connections to the airport and is located in the middle of the restaurant and cultural district. All reservations must be made by September 23, 2015 to receive the group rate.



2015 Quality of Life Conference Committee:
Ron Anderson, University of Minnesota
Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics
Scott Cloutier, Arizona State University
Patsy Kraeger, Arizona State University
Kai Ludwigs, Happiness Research Organization
Rhonda Phillips, Purdue University


International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) Executive Committee:

Rhonda Phillips, President (USA)
Mariano Rojas, President Elect (Mexico)
Denis Huschka, Executive Director (Germany)
Robert Cummins (Australia), Richard Estes (US), Wolfgang Glatzer (Germany)
Filomena Maggino (Italy), Valerie Moller (South Africa), Past Presidents
Ferran Casas , Vice President of Professional Affairs (Spain)
Andrew Clark, Vice President Finance (France)
Peter Krause, Vice President of Programs (Germany)
Don Rahtz, Vice President of Publications (US)
Jose de Jesus Garcia Vega, Co-Vice President of Publicity/Membership (Mexico)
Graciela Tonon, Vice President of External Affairs (Argentina)
Ming-Chang Tsai, Co-Vice President of Publicity/Membership (Taiwan)
Giampaolo Nuvolati, Vice President of Academic Affairs (Italy)
Joseph Sirgy, Co-Vice President of Development (USA)
Richard Estes, Co-Vice President of Development (USA)




Submit your paper abstract at: www.isqols.org/call-for-paper-submission-form/

March 19, 2015

Latest research from Psychology of Well-Being

Positive Narrative Group Psychotherapy: the use of
traditional fairy tales to enhance psychological well-being and
Chiara Ruini, Licia Masoni, Fedra Ottolini, Silvia Ferrari


Positive functioning inventory: initial validation of a 12-
item self-report measure of well-being
Stephen Joseph, John Maltby


Managing performance anxiety and improving mental skills in
conservatoire students through performance psychology training: a
pilot study?
Margaret S Osborne, Don J Greene, Don T Immel


Adolescents’ expression and perception of emotion in music
reflects their broader abilities of emotional communication
Suvi Saarikallio, Jonna Vuoskoski, Geoff Luck


Access more articles here

Child Indicators Research, Vol. 8, Issue 1

Child Indicators Research, Volume 8 Number 1 is now available online at SpringerLink (ToC).

Quality of Life Research, Vol. 24, Issue 3

Quality of Life Research, Volume 24 Number 3 is now available online at SpringerLink (ToC).

Social Indicators Research, Vol. 121, Issue 3

Social Indicators Research Volume 121 Number 3 is now available online at SpringerLink (ToC).

Social Indicators Research, Vol. 121, Issue 2

Social Indicators Research, Volume 121 Number 2 is now available online at SpringerLink (ToC).

March 14, 2015

Tuesday lunch webinar on How to Add Positive Psychology to Your Practice


A free webinar on How to Add Positive Psychology to Your Practice in therapy or coaching  will take place this Tuesday at 1pm EST; to register go to:  https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=y3sm199wzboi .

Participants will learn how to conduct Quality of Life Therapy and how to use  the Quality of Life Inventory or QOLI.

These approaches are featured in the upcoming John Wiley & Sons book, The Handbook of Positive Clinical Psychology, edited by Alex Wood and Judith Johnson, as one of the very few comprehensive and evidence-based approaches to Positive Psychology [aka Well-Being] Intervention and Assessment in the world.



Research developments…

There is a nationwide VA Grant-Funded Study using the Quality of Life Inventory or QOLI:



A Third NIH-grant funded study of Quality of Life Therapy is underway:



Other Randomized controlled trials are being planned and conducted both in and outside of the USA.


Note:  The Quality of Life Therapy approach to positive psychology intervention has been characterized as pioneering and evidence-based by Marty Seligman and others:

Rashid, T. & Seligman, M. (2014).  Positive psychotherapy (pp. 466; 461-498).  In Raymond J. Corsini (Author), Danny WeddingCurrent Psychotherapies (10th Ed.).  Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.  ISBN: 978-1-285-08371-1.

Compton, W.C. & Hoffman, E. (2013, pp. 47).  Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing (2nd Edition).  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. ISBN-13: 978-1111834128.

Carr, A. (2011, pages 341-342).  Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths (2nd Edition).  NY: Routledge.  ISBN-13: 978-0415602358.


Dr. Michael B. Frisch
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Baylor University
One Bear Place 97334
Waco, Texas  76798
Phone direct:  254-710-2252 has voicemail
Phone department: 254-710-2961
Email:  michael_b_frisch@baylor.edu
Website:  http://sites.baylor.edu/michael_b_frisch/

Well-Being Test, "Quality of LIfe Inventory or/"QOLI®" at  http://psychcorp.pearsonassessments.com/HAIWEB/Cultures/en-us/Productdetail.htm?Pid=PAg511

Research Supported Positive Psychology:
Quality of Life Therapy and Coaching book/manual :

Research Articles/RCTs:

March 9, 2015

Appeal for support for QOL (Dissertation) research in Northern Kenya


my name is Gladys Mwangi. I am in my final year of my doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Daystar University in Kenya. I am looking for funding support to undertake my dissertation research:

The experimental research aims to establish the effectiveness of psycho-education on the quality of life for people with anxiety, depression and alcohol use. The target population of my study is the Maasai community located in Laikipia North (an arid area).

Findings of this study will be useful to inform the mental health arena in Kenya, add onto existing literature on quality of life, provide evidence for improving psycho-education programs in resource poor and marginalized communities.

Thanks for your support.

March 5, 2015

New: MA in Sustainable Communities & Development

The University of Ireland Galway has launched the MA in Sustainable Communities & Development by the School of Political Science and Sociology.

This new comprehensive programme includes a range of innovative and interdisciplinary modules, focusing on key areas of:

  • sustainable development and resilient communities;
  • urban livability, planning and technology;
  • social support and sustainability;
  • project development, social/public policy influence and communication.

Here is the information flyer.

The new Programme is being delivered as a one year full-time or two year part-time option.

For more details, see http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/sustainable-communities-development.html

or contact Dr Brian McGrath, brian.mcgrath@nuigalway.ie



The call for papers is open. Extended Deadline: 20 th March, 2015.

ISA-RC55 Mid-term Conference

Padua (ITALY), 17 th and 18 th September, 2015.

The conference will focus on recent developments in synthesizing indicators and, more generally, in quantifying complex phenomena. It will also identify important problems and new research directions in the field of social indicators. The conference will include the round table " The role of composite indicators in the data revolution",

Chair: Enrico Giovannini, and the guest lectures of Alberto Peruzzi ("Much ado about complexity: What remains after noise removal?") and Kenneth Land ("Scalability of composite indices: Complexity complications").

The best papers will be considered for publication in Social Indicator
Research journal (http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/journal/11205).

See http://complexity.stat.unipd.it for more information.

The conference chairs
Giovanna Boccuzzo and Filomena Maggino

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