William Durden

Psychology conference- Bouncing Back: Building Resilience in Demanding Environments

Although resilience is a multi-definitional construct, it is mainly understood as the flexibility in response to changing situational demands and the ability to bounce back from negative emotional experiences. Therefore, it contributes to many important elements of wellbeing, including our ability to develop mechanisms for protection against adverse experiences and bounce back strengthened and more resourceful.

The concept of resilience can be applied to individual, social and organisational levels. Considering today’s rapidly paced society and the increasing challenges to human wellbeing, understanding how individuals and communities adapt to adversity and cope in demanding environments is particularly important.

This conference provides a forum for understanding how resilience can be developed in various groups and individuals, in environments characterised by challenging demands like sports, education and the workplace. The conference will focus on current debates in the field, highlighting what can be done to meaningfully support the development of resilience in such environments; consequences on policies, health and wellbeing issues will also be discussed.


09:45 – 10:15: Registration

10:15 – 10:30: Introduction

10:30 – 11:15: SESSION 1- Dr Mark Horne, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Richmond, the American International University in London

The Relationship between Mental Toughness, the Big-Five, and Positive Personality-Trait-Like Individual Differences in Sporting and Non-Sporting Participants

11:15 – 12:00: SESSION 2- Dr Danijela Serbic, Lecturer in Psychology, Royal Holloway University

Resilience in Students with Invisible Disabilities: The Case of Chronic Pain

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch

13:00 – 13:45: SESSION 3- Dr Amanda Comoretto, Independent Researcher

Resilience in Humanitarian Aid Workers: Understanding Processes of Development

13:45 – 14:30: SESSION 4 – Dr Constantina Panourgia, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bournemouth

Life Adversity and Psychological Resilience in Adolescence: The Role of Cognitive Factors

14:30 –15:00: Conclusions/reflections on the day

15:00- 17:00: Wine reception

Supported by the Mind in Society Research Centre at Richmond University and the Richmond Psychology Association.

For more information, please contact Dr Annita Ventouris.