Dr Lucy Hone


Dr Lucy Hone is a director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a research associate at AUT University, a published academic researcher, best-selling author and contributor to Psychology Today, the Sunday Star Times and Next magazine. 

She was trained by the international thought-leaders in wellbeing science at the University of Pennsylvania—including Marty Seligman, Chris Peterson, Barb Fredrickson, Karen Reivich and Angela Duckworth—and she went on to attain her PhD in public health at AUT University in Auckland. She has helped a range of organisations—from primary schools to leading law firms—to design and implement wellbeing initiatives creating sustained and meaningful change. 

Five years ago, the sudden death of Lucy’s 12-year-old daughter, Abi (along with friends Ella and Sally Summerfield, in a tragic road accident) forced Lucy to turn her substantial academic training and professional practice to foster resilience in very personal circumstances. The blog she wrote in the aftermath of Abi’s death attracted international attention and resulted in the best-selling non-fiction title, What Abi Taught Us, Strategies for Resilient Grieving (Allen & Unwin, 2016), now available as Resilient Grieving in the US, UK and NZ.

She currently works with a diverse range of kura and kāhui ako across New Zealand, supporting them by building capacity and understanding of wellbeing and resilience among students, staff and whānau, thereby improving outcomes for all learners. This year, she was commissioned by Taylor and Francis to co-write The Educators’ Guide to Building Whole-school Wellbeing: A Practical Guide to Getting Started, Best-Practice Process and Effective Implementation.