Authors of SBR

Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., C.Psych

Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Wellbeing Science, University of Melbourne. Dr. Rashid is also a faculty associate with the Human Flourishing Program, at Harvard University. Dr. Rashid’s expertise includes strength-based clinical psychotherapy with complex mental health challenges, resilience and posttraumatic growth. Dr. Rashid has also worked with individuals experiencing severe trauma, including survivors of the Asian Tsunami of 2004, refugee families and journalists who have worked in high conflict zones and survivors of mass shootings.  Dr. Rashid has delivered more than fifty invited talks and keynotes and trained mental health professionals and educators internationally. Published in academic journals, Dr. Rashid’s book Positive Psychotherapy (2018), co-written with Martin Seligman, is considered one of the most comprehensive clinical resources in the field and has been translated into several languages so far. Dr. Rashid won the Outstanding Practitioner Award (2017) from the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).





Afroze Anjum, Psy.D., C.Psych

Afroze Anjum, Psy.D., is a licensed school psychologist at the Toronto District School Board. Afroze’s expertise includes strengths-based, school-based interventions that incorporate character strengths, resilience, mindfulness, and adaptive problem solving, to cope with challenges such as depression and anxiety in children. She has worked as a researcher and training facilitator for the Penn Resilience Program and the Positive Psychology for Youth Project. Afroze is currently part of the Toronto District School Board’s Wellbeing Committee in the wake of COVID-19.





Jane Gillham, Ph.D.

Jane Gillham, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, educator, and researcher at Swarthmore College. Her research focuses on promoting resilience and well-being in youths and especially how schools, families, and communities help youths thrive. Jane is co-creator of the Penn Resilience Program (PRP), as well as several other well-being programs for youths. Jane also serves as a scientific advisor to CorStone, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting resilience and well-being in young people, especially those in poor and marginalized communities.







Ruth Louden (Editor), M.Ed., M.E.S.

Ruth Louden, MES, is a Career Coach in private practice. She is a trained facilitator in Strengths-Based Resilience (SBR) and holds a Foundations in Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate from the University of Toronto. Since 2012, she has collaborated with the SBR team and has been actively involved in the training program's design, delivery, and evaluation. After 10 years in human resources consulting, Ruth spent 18 years at the University of Toronto Scarborough managing and delivering a wide range of educational programs for co-operative education, career development, and employment transition.


Tayyab Rashid


Afroze Anjum
Jane Gilliam


Ruth Louden