Dr Piers Worth

CPsychol AfBPsS


Piers Worth PhD is a ‘Reader’ (Associate Professor equivalent) at Bucks New University and co-course leader of the MSc Applied Positive Psychology. He is a Charted Psychologist and accredited psychotherapist. Piers’ PhD research focused on how creativity changes as we age, and how it may support positive ageing. Piers wrote and launched the University’s MSc Applied Positive Psychology programme in 2012, collaborating with Dr Matthew Smith in its growth and development since that time. He co-authored the ‘Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life’ book that was published in November 2015. Piers is of the view that positive psychology and ‘second wave positive psychology’ perspectives combined with it represent hugely exciting opportunities for teaching and researching psychology. His research and writing focus at the present time is on subjects and applications that may broaden the base of positive psychology, such as ‘critical positive psychology’, the connection of positive psychology to theories of ‘luck’ (with Dr Matthew Smith) and practitioner perspectives and skills for the discipline. Piers’ teaching is exploring how theories of Carl Rogers support and even amplify some of the affects found in learning positive psychology. Prior to this part of his career, Piers worked for over 35 years in industry and blue chip companies, and for 20 years as an organisation development consultant. He has work and project experience in 17 countries