Denise is a director of the NZ Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience. She has lectured on strengths and positive psychology around the world. As the only trainer from Australia/New Zealand selected to deliver the University of Pennsylvania's ground breaking Penn Resiliency Programme, she has worked alongside Prof. Martin Seligman and Dr. Karen Reivich training educators at leading schools in Australia and the UK (Geelong Grammar School, St Peter's Adelaide and Wellington College). Denise has worked extensively in wellbeing development in state and private education over the past decade in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.
NZIWR's strengths programmes draw on Denise's validated strengths programme, demonstrated to enhance wellbeing, engagement and relatedness. As an adjunct Professor at the IE University, Madrid she has taught strengths-focused leadership to global business leaders. She has served on Committee for the International Positive Psychology Association and is an NZAPP Executive Committee Member. Her work has been published in international academic journals and edited volumes on positive psychology, wellbeing in education, and restorative practices.