Biography

I am an applied psychologist, interested in the application of psychology to real life. I'm particularly interested in ways to make a change - for example, the psychotherapies (including hypnosis, behavioural management techniques, and person-centred approaches) and also in educational technologies such as computer applications for disability. But I also like the natural world and am now exploring the relatively new area of "ecopsychology" (people's relationship with the natural world and how it can help in healing).

Research and scholarship

I have an ongoing interest in ecotherapy (encouraging contact with the natural world to promote well-being) and have research contacts with several farm-based projects for mental health clients.

Teaching

I am the Module Leader for "Distress and Mental Health" (psy-10026) and I contribute to other first-year core and elective modules. I supervise Final Year (Level 6) dissertations and contribute to other final-year modules. I teach an ecotherapy workshop for our MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy students and also supervise dissertations on this course.

  • Florian,  L. &  Hegarty, J. R. (2003) (eds) Information Technology for Special Needs (Milton Keynes, Open University Press)
  • Hegarty, J.R. (2006) The use of personal computers with adults who have developmental disability: outcomes of an organisation-wide initiative British J Developmental Disabilities, 52 (2), 133-150
  • Hegarty, J.R. (2008) Community farm ownership: a way to increase involvement in care-farming? In : Dessein, J. ed. (2008) Farming for Health. Merelbeke, Belgium: ILVO
  • Hegarty, J.R. (2010) Out of the consulting room and into the woods? Experiences of nature connectedness and self-healing.  European Journal of Ecopsychology 1: 64-84

Selected Publications

  • Hegarty JR. 2010. Out of the consulting room and into the woods? Experiences of nature-connectedness and self-healing. European Journal of Ecopsychology, vol. 1, 48-73.
  • Hegarty JR. 2010. Out of the consulting room and into the woods? Experiences of natureconnectedness and self-healing. European Journal of Ecopsychology, vol. 1, 64-84. link>
  • Hegarty JR. 2006. Teaching computer-use skills by direct instruction. JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, vol. 19(3), 273. link>
  • Hegarty JR and Aspinall A. 2006. The use of personal computers with adults who have developmental disability: Outcomes of an organisation-wide initiative. BRITISH JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, vol. 52(103), 133-150. link> doi>
  • Florian L and Hegarty J. Florian L and Hegarty J (Eds.). 2004. ICT and Special Educational Needs: A Tool for Inclusion. Open University Press, Maidenhead.

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Florian L and Hegarty J. Florian L and Hegarty J (Eds.). 2004. ICT and Special Educational Needs: A Tool for Inclusion. Open University Press, Maidenhead.

Journal Articles

  • Hegarty JR. 2010. Out of the consulting room and into the woods? Experiences of nature-connectedness and self-healing. European Journal of Ecopsychology, vol. 1, 48-73.
  • Hegarty JR. 2010. Out of the consulting room and into the woods? Experiences of natureconnectedness and self-healing. European Journal of Ecopsychology, vol. 1, 64-84. link>
  • Hegarty JR. 2006. Teaching computer-use skills by direct instruction. JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, vol. 19(3), 273. link>
  • Hegarty JR and Aspinall A. 2006. The use of personal computers with adults who have developmental disability: Outcomes of an organisation-wide initiative. BRITISH JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, vol. 52(103), 133-150. link> doi>
  • Howard R and Hegarty JR. 2003. Violent incidents and staff stress. BRITISH JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, vol. 49(96), 3-21. link> doi>
  • Johnson R and Hegarty J. 2003. Websites as educational motivators for adults with learning disability. British Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 34(4), 479-486. doi>
  • Radcliffe R and Hegarty JR. 2001. An audit approach to evaluating individual planning. BRITISH JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, vol. 47(93), 87-97. link> doi>
  • Hegarty JR. 2001. Dyslexia and information and communications technology. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, vol. 32(3), 380-381. link>
  • Hegarty JR. 2001. Editorial: Information and communications technology for people with special needs. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, vol. 32(3), 259-263. link> doi>
  • Radcliffe R and Hegarty JR. 2001. An audit approach to individual planning. British Journal of Developmental Disabilities, vol. 47(2), 87-97.
  • Aspinall A and Hegarty JR. 2001. An audit of microcomputer use in the Home Farm Trust. British Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 32(3), 365-372.
  • Aspinall A and Hegarty JR. 2001. ICT for adults with learning disabilities - an organisation-wide audit. British Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 32(3), 365-372. doi>
  • Hegarty JR. 2001. Information & communications technology for people with special needs. British Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 32(3), 259-264.
  • Alexander M and Hegarty JR. 2001. Measuring client participation in individual planning meetings. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, vol. 29(1), 17-21. doi>
  • Gale E and Hegarty JR. 2000. The use of touch in caring for people with learning disability. BRITISH JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, vol. 46(91), 97-108. link> doi>
  • Alexander M and Hegarty JR. 2000. Measuring staff burnout in a community home. BRITISH JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, vol. 46(90), 51-62. link> doi>
  • Hegarty JR and Last A. 1997. Relaxation training for people who have severe/profound and multiple learning disabilities. BRITISH JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, vol. 43(85), 122-139. link> doi>
  • HEGARTY JR. 1995. IT FOR ALL - BANES,D. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, vol. 26(3), 232-233. link>
  • Gratton MO and Hegarty JR. 1989. The application of a marking scheme to psychology projects by student radiographers. Radiogr Today, vol. 55(622), 24-26. link>
  • HEGARTY JR and COLLINS RJ. 1987. BOX WORD AND LIST-ED - A CASE-STUDY IN DESIGNING SOFTWARE FOR ADULT STUDENTS WITH LEARNING-DIFFICULTIES. PROGRAMMED LEARNING & EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, vol. 24(3), 221-229. link>
  • COLLINS RJ and HEGARTY JR. 1985. MICROCOMPUTER SOFTWARE FOR MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED ADULTS. BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, vol. 38(JUN), 187. link>
  • HEGARTY JR. 1975. TEACHING MACHINES FOR SEVERELY RETARDED - REVIEW. BRITISH JOURNAL OF MENTAL SUBNORMALITY, vol. 21(41), 103-114. link> doi>

Chapters

  • Florian L and Hegarty J. 2004. Introduction. In ICT and Special Educational Needs - A Tool for Inclusion. Florian L and Hegarty J (Eds.). Open University Press, Maidenhead.
  • Hegarty J. 2004. Managing innovations in ICT: Issues for staff development. In ICT and Special Educational Needs: A Tool for Inclusion. Florian L and Hegarty J (Eds.). Open University Press, Maidenhead.

Other

  • Hegarty JR. 1998. INTERCHANGE: International friendship-links for adults with intellectual disability. IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE EUROPEAN CITIZEN (vol. 4, pp. 179-184). link>