One good thing coming out from COVID-19 is the increase in research collaboration on how to cope with COVID-19. In the last 6 months, I’ve got more international collaboration than in the last 6 years because of increased interest in my existential positive psychology (PP 2.0), which posits that we can grow through the pandemic because sustainable wellbeing is grounded in overcoming suffering.

I have completed three international research projects with researchers outside USA: Nature Human Behaviour (Eisenbeck et al., under review); Current Psychology (Arslan et al., under review); and Journal of Positive Psychology (Fisher et al., under review). I have also co-author two chapters on COVID-19 and shame (Wong & Hwang, in press; Takano & Wong, in press) and one published paper with my mentee in China (Zhang et al., 2020). The latest publication project is a special issue in Frontiers on existential positive psychology and COVID-19. The deadline for submission is Oct.1.

Other international projects include the 11th Biennial International Meaning Conference (2021) which focuses on meaning and resilience. Division members are welcome to submit their abstracts. For details, see

In addition, I have been invited to do interviews by people from all over the globe, such as from Mexico (Aladro, 2020); Portugal (Soares, 2020); India (Anand, 2020); and Spain (Conciencia, 2018). I have also presented a webinar for Kenya regarding how to cope with COVID-19.


Aladro, L. G. (2020, May 27). Meaning in Life Interview. Universidad Tecmilenio.

Anand, P. V. (2020, June 10). Stress Management Interview. University of Delhi.

Arslan, G., & Wong, P. T. P. (Under Review). Meaningful Living, Resilience, Affective Balance, and Psychological Health Problems among Turkish Young Adults. Current Psychology.

Conciencia. (2018, September 27). Interview on second wave positive psychology. Canal Sur Almería. Retrieved from

Eisenbeck, N., Carreno, D. F., Wong, P. T. P., Hicks, J. A., García, A. M. R.- R., Puga, J., Greville, J., Testoni, I., Biancalani, G., López, A. C. C., Villareal, S., Leontiev, D. A., Enea, V., Schultz, C., Jansen, J., Sanchez-Ruiz, M.-J., Yıldırım, M., Arslan, G., Cruz, J. F. A.,…García-Montes, J. M. (Under Review). Nature Human Behaviour.

Fisher, Z., Tree, J., Wong, P. T. P., & Kemp, A. H. (Under Review). Predictors of wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Key roles for gratitude and tragic optimism in a UK-based cohort. Journal of Positive Psychology.

Soares, C. (2020, August 15). Porque ser feliz não basta: cultivar a alegria é abraçar o lado negro da vida [Because being happy is not enough: cultivating joy is embracing the dark side of life]. VISAO.

Takano, Y. & Wong, P. T. P. (in press). Deterritorialization of Shame in Japan During the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). In C. H. Mayer., E. Vanderheiden, & P. T. P. Wong (Eds.), The meaning of shame revisited in cultures of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Wong, P. T. P., & Hwang, K. K. (in press). The Second Wave Positive Psychology of Shame in East and West in the Age of the 4IR. In C. H. Mayer., E. Vanderheiden, & P. T. P. Wong (Eds.), The meaning of shame revisited in cultures of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

张, 荣伟., 连, 榕., 李, 丹., & Wong, P. T. P. (2020, August 3). 意义疗法的理论、方法与技术:基于存在积极心理学的视角(Theoretical Perspectives, Methods and Strategies of Meaning Therapy: Based on the Perspectives of Existential Positive Psychology). 心理学探新(Psychological Exploration), 40(3), 195-202.


Wong, P. T. P. (2020). COVID-19 Boosts International Collaboration. DrPaulWong. (Submitted to International Psychology Bulletin for the October 2020 Issue: Collaboration section)