Dr Emma Judge, CPsych

I am a Chartered Psychologist with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and my doctorate research focused on thriving at work amongst leaders.  I work across the public, educational and private sectors in positive leadership and team development, the implementation of well-being strategies and the promotion of thriving at work.


My work in education began in 2005 when I focused my Masters on the application of positive psychology in schools, and became the only Lead Trainer for the Penn Resilience Programme in Europe. As a result I co-founded Bounce Forward, a charity that promotes the skills of resilience to young people and have since trained thousands of teachers and school leaders across the UK in the skills of resilience. I have also taken a lead in curriculum design, evaluation, the development of parenting programmes and the creation of whole school approaches. In doing this work I developed a deep understanding, and respect for, the challenges and rewards of working in the education sector. I am not a teacher or school leader so bring different perspectives to the conversation and a degree of humility!


I work collaboratively and draw on a broad array of skills, models and concepts – I am not wedded to one approach to thriving, wellbeing or leadership. Having said that, my work and research is informed by a focus on bringing out the best in people. This may appear to be ‘soft’, but my experience is that it can lead to powerful conversations about how to make this happen. In other words, a focus on the positive and the constructive can also be tough and create meaningful development opportunities.

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I am always happy to have a conversation about how I might be able to help you, or just explore what it is that you want to do next for your students, colleagues or for yourself. Please do get in touch.

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Thriving educators

Creating a thriving school where every member of the community has the opportunity to do their best is no simple task. An environment where the adults who support young people can thrive in their work is a great place to start.

Thriving school leaders

Thriving as a school leader isn’t easy – there are often too many other priorities and
demands to give it any focus - but it really matters.