Carmel has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Leicester, UK and has a MA in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology from the University of British Columbia, Canada from where she originates. For her first degree she attended Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada and was awarded a Certificate of Liberal Arts and a BA in Psychology. Before relocating to the UK, Carmel worked as a psychometrician and research assistant on psychological research studies conducted at the Vancouver Hospital and Health Science Centre located at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Carmel is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and director of PPRC Ltd. Carmel is co-author of Strengths Gym (PPRC, 2009) a character strengths-based educational course for children and adolescents. She has also written and co-written several research papers and book chapters and is a member of the editorial board for the Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Her interests are primarily in the areas of positive psychology, applied positive psychology, values, character, personality, existential psychology, and well-being. However, the main focus of her academic work has centred around adolescent and youth life satisfaction and well-being. Carmel is registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works as a Therapist in Guernsey.