Publications

Please note that the publications available are for personal use only.

Thank you,

Kate

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Hefferon, K., Ashfield, A., Waters, L., & Synard, J. (2017). Understanding optimal human functioning–The ‘call for qual’ in exploring human flourishing and well-being. The Journal of Positive Psychology,  12 , 3, 211-219.

Pluess M, Boniwell I, Hefferon K, Tunariu A (2017). Preliminary evaluation of a school-based resilience-promoting intervention in a high-risk population: Application of an exploratory two-cohort treatment/control design. PLOS ONE 12(5): e0177191. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177191

Perridge, D., Hefferon, K., Lomas, T. & Ivtzan, I. (In press). “I feel I can live every minute if I choose to”: Participants’ Experience of a Mindfulness Based Flourishing Programme. Qualitative Research in Psychology.

Lomas, T., Hefferon, K., & Ivtzan, I. (2016). Positive developmental psychology: A review of literature concerning well-being throughout the lifespan (2016). The Journal of Happiness & Well-Being, 4(2), 143-164.

Hayes, M. C., & Hefferon, K. (2015). ‘Not like rose-tinted glasses… like taking a pair of dirty glasses off’: A pilot intervention using positive emotions in expressive writing. International Journal of Wellbeing, 5(4).

Kampman, H., Hefferon, K., Wilson, M. & and Beale, J. (2015). “I Can Do Things Now That People Thought Were Impossible, Actually, Things That I Thought Were Impossible”: A Meta-Synthesis of the Qualitative Findings on Posttraumatic Growth and Severe Physical Injury. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne,

Kjell, O.N.E., Garcia, D., Daukantaitë, D, Hefferon, K., and Sikström, S. (in press). The Harmony in life scale complements the Satisfaction with life scale: Expanding the conceptualization of the cognitive component of Subjective well-being. Social Indicators Research.

Stuchbury, J. & Hefferon, K. (in press). ‘To Live every moment:’ Exploring the concept of psychosocial flourishing in a group of single women with Multiple Sclerosis. The Way Ahead.

Lomas, T., Hefferon, K. & Ivtzan, I. (2014). The LIFE Model: A Meta-Theoretical Conceptual Map for Applied Positive Psychology. Journal of Happiness Studies,  Life Model 2014

Masuch, S. & Hefferon, K. (2014). Understanding the links between positive psychology and fashion: A grounded theory analysis. International Journal of Fashion Studies, 1 (2), 227- 246. [Please contact the lead author on this for Pdf at simon.masuch@googlemail.com]

Brani, O., Hefferon, K., Lomas, T., Ivtzan, I. & Painter, J. (2014). The impact of body awareness on subjective wellbeing: The role of mindfulness. International Journal of Body Psychotherapy, 13(1), 95-107.IBPJ

Hefferon, K., Murphy, H., McLeod, J., Mutrie, N. & Campbell, A. (2013). Understanding barriers to exercise implementation 5-years post Breast Cancer diagnosis: a large-scale qualitative study. Health Education Research, 28 (5), 843-856.  HER Hefferon et al. 2013

Hirschorn, S. & Hefferon, K. (2013). Leaving it all Behind to Travel: Venturing uncertainty as a means to personal growth and authenticity. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 53(3) 283–306. Hirschorn & Hefferon

Roche, B. & Hefferon. K. (2013). ‘The assessment needs to go hand-in hand with the debriefing’: The importance of a structured coaching debriefing in understanding and applying a positive psychology strengths assessment. International Coaching Psychology Review, Vol. 8 No. 1.Roche & Hefferon

Hefferon, K. (2012). Bringing back the body into positive psychology: The theory of Corporeal Posttraumatic growth in Breast Cancer. Psychology. Hefferon (2012)

Hefferon, K., Mallery, R., Gay, C., & Elliott, S. (2012): ‘Leave all the troubles of the outside world’: a qualitative study on the binary benefits of ‘Boxercise’ for individuals with mental health difficulties. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.  Hefferon, Mallery, Gay & Elliott 2012 QRSEH

Mutrie, N., Campbell, A., Barry, S., Hefferon, K., McConnachie, A., McLoed, J., Ritchie, D. & Tovey, S. (2012 ). Five year follow up of breast cancer survivors who had participated in an exercise intervention during adjuvant treatment. Are there a lasting effects? Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 6(4), 420-430.Mutrie et al 2012

Mapham, A. & Hefferon, K. (2012). “I used to be an Offender- now I’m a Defender”: Positive psychology approaches in the facilitation of Posttraumatic Growth in offenders. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 51, 6, 389-413. Mapham and Hefferon

Gokcen, N., Hefferon, K. & Attree, E. (2012). University students’ constructions of ‘flourishing’ in British higher education: An inductive content analysis. International Journal of Wellbeing, 2(1): 1-21. Gokcen, Hefferon & Attree (2012)

Hefferon, K., Gokcen, N., Painter, J., Davies, M., & Boniwell, I. (2011). The influence of community occasions on satisfaction with life and wellbeing. British Journal of Wellbeing, 2, 36–39.Hefferon et al. 2011 BJW

Hefferon, K., & Gil-Rodriguez, E. (2011). Reflecting on the rise in popularity of interpretive phenomenological analysis. The Psychologist, 24 (10), 756-759. Hefferon & Gil-Rodriguez 2011 The psychologist

Hefferon, K., Grealy, M., & Mutrie, N. (2010). Transforming from cocoon to butterfly: the potential role of the body in the process of posttraumatic growth. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 50(2), 224–247. Hefferon, Grealy & Mutrie 2010 JHP

Hefferon, K., Grealy, M., & Mutrie, N. (2009). Posttraumatic growth and life threatening physical illness: a systematic review of the qualitative literature. British Journal of Health Psychology, 14(2), 343–378. Hefferon, Grealy & Mutrie BJHP

Hefferon, K., Grealy, M., & Mutrie, N. (2008). The perceived influence of an exercise class intervention on the process and outcomes of post-traumatic growth. Journal of Mental Health and Physical Activity, 1, 32–39. Hefferon, Grealy & Mutrie, 2008, MENPA

Hefferon, K., & Ollis, S. (2006). “Just clicks”: an interpretive phenomenological analysis of professional dancers’ experience of flow. Research in Dance Education, 7, 141–159. Hefferon & Ollis (2006)

Books

Ivtzan, I., Lomas, T., Worth, P. & Hefferon, K. (2015). Second-wave positive psychology: Embracing the dark side of life. London: Routledge.

Lomas, T. & Hefferon, K. (2015). Major Works in Positive Psychology. London: Sage Publications.

Lomas, T., Hefferon, K. & Ivtzan, I. (2014). Applied Positive Psychology: Integrated Positive Practice. Sage Publications. Information here

Hefferon, K. (2013). The body and positive psychology: The somatopsychic side to flourishing. UK: McGraw-Hill.  Available for purchase here

Reviews here and here

Hefferon, K. & Boniwell, I. (2011). Positive Psychology: Theory, research and applications.UK: McGraw-Hill. Available for purchase here

Hefferon, K. (2009). Growing from breast cancer: Finding benefits from physical illness. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing. Available for purchase here

Book Chapters

Campbell, A. & Hefferon, K. (in press). Physical activity and cancer: An applied case study perspective. Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology Textbook. UK: Wiley/Blackwell.

Hefferon, K. (2015). The role of embodiment in optimal functioning. In S. Joseph (Ed), Positive Psychology in Practice (2nd ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Faulkner, G., Hefferon, K & Mutrie, N. (2015). Positive Psychology in motion. In S. Joseph (Ed), Positive Psychology in Practice (2nd ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Joseph, S., & Hefferon, K. (2013). Posttraumatic growth: eudaimonic happiness. In S. David & I. Boniwell (Eds.), Oxford handbook of happiness. UK: Open University Press.

Hefferon, K. & Boniwell, I. (2013). Applied positive psychology, In R. Bayne & G. Jinks (Eds) Applied Psychology: Practice, Training and New Directions, 2nd Edition. London: Sage Publications.

Hefferon, K. (2012). Emotions in coaching and mentoring. In J. Passmore (Ed), Handbook of coaching and mentoring. London: Wiley Press.

Hefferon, K., & Mutrie, N. (2012). Physical activity as a ‘stellar’ positive psychology intervention. In Oxford handbook of exercise psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hefferon, K. (2011). Creating ‘positive bodies’: corporality in hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. In C. Martin-Krumm (Ed.), Handbook of positive psychology. France: Debouk Université.

Hefferon, K. (2011). Positive psychology and coaching. In L. Wildflower & D. Brennan (Eds.), Theories, concepts and applications of evidence based coaching: a users manual. USA: Jossey-Bass.

Book Editor

Hefferon, K. (2013). Development and change (Section Ed.) In I. Boniwell & S. David (Eds.), Oxford handbook of happiness. UK: Open University Press.

Government and Consultancy reports

Hefferon, K., Mallery, R.,  Elliott, S., Gay, C. & Painter, J. (2012). Mind Project Report: A Multi-method evaluation of Boxercise on individuals with mental health difficulties. Mind Croydon.

Hefferon, K. (2011). A small-scale evaluation of the Newham TaHMS project: A multi-method perspective. Newham Council Government report.

Hefferon, K. & Booth, J. N. (2011). A Quantitative evaluation of the impact of two outreach workers within a special school environment. In Hefferon, K. A small-scale evaluation of the Newham TaHMS project: A multi-method perspective. Newham Council Government report.

Hefferon, K., Sparkes, A. & Painter, J. (2011). Understanding the relationship between Spinal Cord Injury and Posttraumatic Growth. Rugby Football Union Report.

Hefferon, K. (2011). Understanding the experiences of SPARK resilience programme: A multi-participant perspective. Newham Council Government report.

Conference Presentations

Hefferon., K. Posttraumatic growth and breast cancer. School of Psychology Research Day, University of East London, London, September 2014.

Masuch, S. & Hefferon, K. Feeling Fashion: A positive psychological perspective on individual clothing practices and embodiment. Poster presentation to the 7th European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, July 2014.

Kampman, H. & Hefferon, K. Find a sport and carry on’:Posttraumatic growth and achievement in British Paralympic athletes‬. Poster presentation to the 7th European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, July 2014.

Kjell, O.N.E., Garcia, D., Daukantaitë, D, Hefferon, K., and Sikström, S.Harmony in Life Scale Complements the Satisfaction with Life Scale: Expanding the Conceptualization and Measurement of the Cognitive Component of Subjective Well-BeingPoster presentation to the 7th European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, July 2014.

Pidgeon, N., Hefferon, K. & Painter, J. Park run and flourishing. Poster presentation to the 7th European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, July 2014.

Hefferon, K., Vescovelli, F.,  Guse, T. & Noble, T. The additive value of qualitative data in positive psychology. Symposium presentation to the 7th European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, July 2014.

Hefferon, K. Why Qualitative research? Paper presentation to the 7th European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, July 2014.

Worth, P., Hefferon, K., Lomas, T. & Ivtzan, I. The Dark Side in Positive Psychology. Workshop presentation to the 7th European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, July 20

Goldring, G. & Hefferon, K. & Lomas, T. (June 2014). Enabling Recovery in a Structured Hope Programme. Paper presentation to Refocus on Recovery Conference. Kings College London, London.

Hefferon, K., Worth, P., Lomas, T. & Itvzan, I. (July 2014). The Dark Side in Positive Psychology. Paper presentation to the 2nd Canadian Positive Psychology Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Hefferon, K. (June 2013). Where is the person in Positive Psychology? Symposium Chair  presented at the World Congress on Positive Psychology. Los Angeles, USA.

Hefferon, K. (June 2013). Corporeal Posttraumatic Growth. Paper presented at the World Congress on Positive Psychology. Los Angeles, USA. C

Kjell, O.N.E., Hefferon, K., Garcia, D., & Sikström, S. (2013). Harmony with Life as a Complementary view of Satisfaction with Life scales. Poster session presented at the 3rd World Congress on Positive Psychology, Los Angeles, USA.

Hefferon, K. (2012). The neglect of the role of embodiment in Positive Psychology. Presentation at the Canadian Positive Psychology Association Conference. Toronto, Canada.

Hefferon, K. (2012). From hip-hop to homelessness: A review of MAPP’s (UEL) holistic approach to research and consultancy, in An exploration of the impact of graduate research and application-based projects on the field of positive psychology (Symposium). Paper presented at the 6th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Moscow, Russia.

Hefferon, K., Mallery, R., Gay, C.,  Elliot, S. & Painter, J. (2012). Feeling the power: Reviewing the physical and psychological benefits of Boxercise for individuals with mental health difficulties. Paper presented at the 6th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Moscow, Russia.

Ivtzan, I.,  Hefferon, K. & Chng, J. (2012). Being resilient: Creating personal resources through gratitude interventions. Paper presented at the 6th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Moscow, Russia.

Walsh, D. & Hefferon, K. (2012). Reconnecting with the body: an exploratory analysis of Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) following Cancer Diagnosis. Paper presented at the 6th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Moscow, Russia.

Gokcen, N., & Hefferon, K. (2011). Learning to flourish: an inductive content analysis of students’ constructions of flourishing in British higher education. Paper presented at the London International Conference in Education, London, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2010). Breast cancer, physical activity and well being: a large scale qualitative study. Paper presented at the 5th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Hefferon, K. (2009). The body and positive psychology. Paper presented at the International Positive Psychology Association World Congress, Philidelphia, USA.

Hefferon, K., Grealy, M., & Mutrie, N. (2008). Understanding the experience of posttraumatic growth among breast cancer patients: the perceived influence of an exercise intervention on the process and outcomes of posttraumatic growth. Paper presented at the European Positive Psychology Conference, Opatija, Croatia.

Mutrie, N., Campbell, A., Hefferon, K., Emslie, C., Kearney, N., McConnachie, A., et al. (2008, 10 June). Exercise provides somatopsychic benefit for clinical patients: the case of breast cancer survivors. Poster session presented at the University Research Day, University of Strathclyde.

Hefferon, K., Grealy, M., & Mutrie, N. (2007). Posttraumatic growth and physical activity. Paper presented at the Department of Sport, Culture and the Arts, Strathclyde University. Glasgow, Scotland.

Hefferon, K., Grealy, M., & Mutrie, N. (2007, 6 June). Understanding the experience of post-traumatic growth among breast cancer patients. Poster session presented at the University Research Day, University of Strathclyde.

Hefferon, K., Grealy, M., & Mutrie, N. (2007, 18–20 April). Understanding the experience of post-traumatic growth among breast cancer patients. Poster session presented at the 1st Annual Centre for Applied Positive Psychology Conference, University of Warwick.

Hefferon, K., Grealy, M., & Mutrie, N. (2007). Understanding the experience of post-traumatic growth among breast cancer patients. Paper presented at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, University of Bath.

Hefferon, K. (2006). Positive psychology and physical activity: a perfect pair. Paper presented at the Department of Psychology Research Day, University of Strathclyde. Glasgow, Scotland.

Invited Talks and Keynotes

Hefferon, K. The body and self confidence. Conference interview for Entheos. Virtual Conference.

Hefferon, K. (2014). Positive psychology and Fashion. Presentation to the Better Lives Series. University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion. London

Hefferon, K. (2014). Understanding posttraumatic growth. Presentation for the Canadian Positive Psychology Association International Webinar series.

Hefferon, K. (2014). Posttraumatic growth: Workshop. Presentation to PCI College, Dublin, Ireland.

Hefferon, K. (2014). The body and optimal functioning. Invited lecture for the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Hefferon, K. (2014). What is wellbeing? Invited speaker to the English Institute of Sport National Conference, Hinckley, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2014). Resilience and positive psychology. Presentation to the Institute of Psychiatry: Wellness week. Imperial College, London, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2014). What is flow and how can we get more of it? Presentation to Life with Law. London, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2014). Why qualitative research? Invited lecture for the University of Bologna, Italy.

Hefferon, K. (2014). Studying positive emotions in the UK. Invited lecture for the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

Hefferon, K. (July 18, 2014). The body 2.0. Invited speaker to the 2nd Canadian Positive Psychology Conference. Ottawa, Canada.

Hefferon, K. (June 28, 2014). The body and positive psychology: The somatopsychic side to flourishing. Keynote presented to the Irish Counseling and Psychotherapy Conference. Dublin, Ireland.

Hefferon, K. (June 28, 2014). Post-traumatic growth. Presentation to the Irish Counseling and Psychotherapy Conference. Dublin, Ireland.

Hefferon, K. (June 25, 2014). Posttraumatic Growth and Physical Activity. Keynote presentation to Chichester University Conference on Applied Sport Science. Chichester, England.

Hefferon, K. (2014). What is well-being? Presentation to the Scottish Institute of Innovation “Walkshop” series. Glasgow, Scotland.

Hefferon, K. (2014). Contextualising Positive psychology in 2014. Presentation to the Physical Activity and Health Research Centre (PAHRC), Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hefferon, K. (2014). Posttraumatic growth: Beyond resilience. Presentation to the University of Keele, Lecture Series. Stoke on Trent, England.

 Hefferon, K. (2014). Positive Psychology, Physical Activity and Posttraumatic Growth. Presentation to University of Dundee Lecture Series. Dundee, Scotland.

Hefferon, K. (2013). Positive Psychology, Physical Activity and Posttraumatic Growth. Presentation to University of Toronto Lecture Series. Toronto, Canada.

Hefferon, K. (2013). Moving beyond resilience: Posttraumatic growth in the military.  Presentation to the Defence Academy Master Lecture Series. Schrivenham, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2013). Posttrauamatic growth: Beyond resilience. Presentation to the  University of Westminster Lecture Series. Westminster, London.

Hefferon, K. (2012). Positive Education. Presentation to London Festival of Education. London, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2012). A very short introduction to staff well being. Internal presentation to the University of East London School Planning day. London, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2012). Posttraumatic growth. Keynote presentation at the International Child Abuse and Neglect Conference. Leuven, Belgium.

Hefferon, K. (2012). Contextualising Positive Psychology in 2012. Keynote presentation at the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology (East) Re-launch event. Cambridge, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2011). Positive education. Keynote presentation at the Trainee Educational Psychologist Conference. London, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2011). Understanding exercise participation 5 years post cancer diagnosis, Presentation at Strathclyde University. Glasgow, Scotland.

Hefferon, K. (2010, 6 Oct). Growing from adversity, Presentation at Healthy Deaf Minds Lecture Series. London, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2010, 14 July). Positive psychology, Presentation at the Fitness Industry Association Flame Conference. Cheltenham, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2010, March). Evaluating well being interventions, Presentation at the Oxfordshire mental health conference. Oxford, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2010, January). Growing from breast cancer: finding benefits from physical illness, Presentation at the Penny Brohn Cancer Clinic. Bristol, UK.

Hefferon, K., & Freij, A. (2009, 25 October). When the going gets tough: mindsets. Workshop presented at the National Academy for Gifted Children. Birmingham, UK.

Hefferon, K. (2009, 12 May). Positive psychology and physical activity: a perfect pair. Presentation to the Wales National Obesity Conference Forum. Cardiff, Wales.

Hefferon, K. (2009). Resilience. Presentation at the Croydon Mental Health Conference. Croydon, UK.

Grants and Awards 

2014: Nominated for Student Led Teaching Awards, University of East London.

2014: Facilitating psychological strength: A positive psychological program to increase posttraumatic growth and wellbeing in cancer survivors. University of East London Research Fellowship to K.Hefferon and Itai Ivtzan.

2014: Understanding mortality awareness and well being. University of East London Internship scheme, to M. McDermott & K. Hefferon.

2014:   Expert advisor toWalking for Wellbeing: developing sustainable engagement between research, policy and practice’. Scottish Universities Insight Institute.

2012: Promoting Psychological growth: a multi-method evaluation of the Cancer Resilience Growth Program (CRGP). Research Development Fund grant to K. Hefferon and I. Ivtzan.

2011/2012: Understanding the experience of a Boxercise programme among individuals with mental health difficulties. MIND research grant to K. Hefferon.

2011: ‘Development for business consultancy’. Knowledge Dock consultancy development grant to K. Hefferon.

2010: ‘Targeted Mental Health in School Programme (TaMHS)’. Newham Resilience Initiative to K. Hefferon.

2009/2010: ‘The role of physical activity in psychological growth following prostate cancer diagnosis: a collaborative study.’ Promising Researcher Award to K. Hefferon.

Research and organisational groups/committees

  • Head of the Posttraumatic Growth Research Unit
  • Member of the UEL Health Promotion and Behavior Group
  • Member of the UEL Olympic Legacy steering committee
  • University of East London Psychological Interventions Subject Area (PISA) Harmonization Team member
  • Liaison and member of the Child and Adolescent resilience group with University College London partners
  • International liaison with Danish Institute of Studies (Hosting of lectures at University of East London bi-annually)
  • Physical Activity for Health Research Centre [PAHRC] Edinburgh University collaborator
  • English Institute of Sport Performance Lifestyle Research collaborator
  • Scientific review board committee member for the European Conference on Positive Psychology (Anger, France, 2016)
  • Former London Regional Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis Research Group (Co-Facilitator) (2009-2012)

Journal administration

  • Editorial Board: International Coaching Psychology Review
  • Journal Reviewer:
    • Psychology and Health
    • Journal of Traumatic stress
    • Qualitative Health Research
    • Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise
    • Psycho-Oncology
    • Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

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