Dr. Kate Hefferon

Chartered Research Psychologist

The following includes Peer-reviewed publications, Academic book chapters and Conference presentations. For information regarding grants and projects, please email for c.v.

2019

  • Fleetwood-Smith, R., Hefferon, K. & Mair, C. (2019). ‘Personal enclothed cognition’. International Journal of Fashion Studies, 6, 1, 41-62. 

  • Walters, R. & Hefferon, K. (2019). Strength becomes her’ – resistance training as a route to positive body image in women. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2019.1634127

2018

  • Masuch, S. & Hefferon, K. (2018). It’s like a souvenir of something that was important”: The role of nostalgic memorabilia in psychological wellbeing.  International Journal of Fashion Studies. 

  • McEwan, O., McDermott, M. R., & Hefferon, K. (2018). Modelling Everyday Understandings of Mortality: A Qualitative Enquiry. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 1-26.

2017

  • 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.

  • Perridge, D., Hefferon, K., Lomas, T., & Ivtzan, I. (2017). “I feel I can live every minute if I choose to”: participants’ experience of a positive mindfulness programme. Qualitative Research in Psychology14(4), 482-504.

2016

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

2015

  • Campbell, A. & Hefferon, K. (2015). Physical activity and cancer: An applied case study perspective. Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology Textbook. UK: Wiley/Blackwell.

  • Egan, C., Ashfield, A., Hefferon, K., and Lomas, T.  Prevalence of Obsessive Passion and Harmonious Passion in the UK Elite Sport Populations. Poster presentation to the International Positive Psychology Association Conference, Lake Buena Vista, June 2015.

  • Gardiner, K. L. K., & Hefferon, K. A Qualitative look at the Components and Implications of Meaningful Conversations in Romantic Relationships. Poster presentation to the 4th International Positive Psychology World Congress, Florida, June, 2015.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Kampman, H., Hefferon, K., Wilson, M. and Beale, B. (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, 56(3), 283-294.

  • Kampman, H. & Hefferon, K. (2015). ‘Find a sport and carry on’: Posttraumatic growth and achievement in British Paralympic athletes. Conference presentation, presented at:  UEL 2015 Research Conference 2015 Jun 24 at UEL

  • Kjell, O.N.E., Garcia, D., Daukantaitë, D, Hefferon, K., and Sikström, S. (2015).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, 126, 2, 893–919.

2014

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • Kjell, O.N.E., Garcia, D., Daukantaitë, D, Hefferon, K., and Sikström, S. (2014). Harmony in Life Scale Complements the Satisfaction with Life Scale: Expanding the Conceptualization and Measurement of the Cognitive Component of Subjective Well-Being. Poster session presented to the 7th European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, Holland.

  • Lomas, T., Hefferon, K., Ivtzan, I. (2014). The Life Model. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16(5), 1347-1364.

  • 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.

  • Masuch, S. & Hefferon, K.  (2014). Feeling Fashion: A positive psychological perspective on individual clothing practices and embodiment. Poster session presented to the 7th European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, Holland.

  • Pidgeon, N., Hefferon, K. & Painter, J. (2014). Park run and flourishing. Poster session presented to the 7th European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, Holland.

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

  • Worth, P., Hefferon, K., Lomas, T. & Ivtzan, I. The Dark Side of Positive Psychology. Paper presentation to the 7th European Positive Psychology Conference, Amsterdam, Holland.

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

2013

  • 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.

  • 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. (2013). Development and change (Section Ed.) In S. David,.I. Boniwell & A. Conley-Ayers (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Happiness. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

  • 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. 

  • Joseph, S., & Hefferon, K. (2013). Posttraumatic growth: Eudaimonic happiness. In S. David, I. Boniwell & A. Conley-Ayers (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Happiness. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

  • 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, 20-34.

2012

  • Gokcen, N., Hefferon, K. & Aittree, L. (2012). University Students’ Constructions of ‘Flourishing’ in British Higher Education: An Inductive Content Analysis. International Journal of Wellbeing, 2(1), 1-21.

  • Hefferon, K. (2012). Bringing back the body into positive psychology: The theory of Corporeal Posttraumatic growth in Breast Cancer. Psychology, 3, 12, 1238-1242.

  • 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, 5, 1,80-102,

  • 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, UK: Oxford University Press.

  • Hefferon, K. (2012). The neglect of the role of embodiment in Positive Psychology. Presentation to 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.

  • Mutrie, N., Campbell, A., Barry, S., Hefferon, K., McConnachie, A., McLeod, 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.

  • 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.

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

2011

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

  • 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.

2010

  • 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, 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.

2009

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

2008

  • 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, 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) Exercise provides somatopsychic benefit for clinical patients: the case of breast cancer survivors. Poster session presented at the University Research Day, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

2007

  • 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). 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, England.

  • Hefferon, K., Grealy, M., & Mutrie, N. (2007). 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). 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.

2006

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