Vikki Barnes

Submitted by jd0307 on Mon, 08/15/2022 - 8:47am

Photo of Vikki BarnesVikki Barnes, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom, published the book Free Happiness, which gives practical tools and personal stories for readers wanting to live their best lives. Vikki is an expert on positive psychology and founded Positive Wellbeing, a business that trains businesses and other organizations to set up strategies for their staffs’ well-being. She has created a national well-being program with The Virgin Group and a mental health service for survivors following hurricane Irma at the request of Virgin head Richard Branson. Vikki, originally from North Staffordshire, England, came to UNT in 2000, during her sophomore year to study psychology. “I absolutely loved it! I had the best time and it’s what gave me the travel bug!” She graduated with her bachelor’s from Keele University in England in 2002, earned a master’s in cognitive neuropsychology from the University of Oxford in 2008 and a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Exeter in 2011-- and has traveled around the world several times. “Thanks for being such a fabulous university, you gave me such a great experience!”