John Francis Leader, also known as JFL, is a consulting psychologist and cognitive scientist who specialises in positive psychology, experiential learning and mixed reality therapy; assisting people in successfully navigating the physical, the virtual and the imaginary.

John spends his time between training, consultancy and therapeutic work in private practice and academic research which he conducts from the Cognitive Science Programme at University College Dublin. By combining multimedia techniques with current psychological research John’s work aims to make therapy more fun, immersive and effective- a type of theme park meets therapy experience.

As part of his applied work John builds multimedia installations: his latest piece is an ex-military 1976 Series III Land Rover fitted with a virtual reality system that overlays a graphically-rendered version of the vehicle’s interior. A motion tracker mounted to the steering wheel allows participants to explore learning-relevant worlds whilst using the act of steering as a metaphor for developing control in their own lives.

John is an advocate for mental health awareness and regularly collaborates with the media and other pro-social organisations. He is the host of the #bodymindself podcast, available on Youtube, SoundCloud or iTunes, which explores the topics of applied psychology and cognitive science, experiential learning, perception, virtual and mixed reality, embodiment, mental processes and identification.

John is an accredited supervisor and holds a BA Honours Degree in Psychology and three Diplomas in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy and is currently completing a PhD in Cognitive Science. He is a post-graduate member in good standing of the British Psychological Society, the Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Association, the Cognitive Science Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland.

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