dr john francis leader

Psychologist Dr John Francis Leader (JFL) focuses on mental health and digitalisation through practice, research, policy and outreach:


Chartered psychologist and cognitive scientist. Consultant, therapist, trainer and supervisor who specialises in communication, experiential learning and the intersection of psychology and technology. Focus on bodymindself and mixed reality therapy: navigating the physical, the virtual and the imaginary. Utilises cognitive, behavioural, systemic and third wave approaches. Works with organisations and individuals on mental health and behavioural change. Advises on research and policy.


Psychology/technology research. Adjunct Research Fellow at the Media & Entertainment Psychology Lab at University College Dublin’s School of Psychology. Focus on artificial intelligence and experiential learning. Combining multimedia techniques with psychological research to build installations and simulators to make psychological interventions more interactive, fun and effective. Director of the Mixed Reality Therapy programme. This open source initiative draws on inclusive design principles to support therapy, training and assessment. Overseeing experimental design and reviewing and writing peer-reviewed scientific papers.


Elected to the Board of Directors and Mental Health Liaison of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations. Liaison for the Standing Committee of Psychology in Health. Liaison to  Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Appointed to the European Council of the Liberal Professions’ Healthcare and Digitalisation groups. Appointed contact with WHO EUROMH Coalition and contributor to European Commission and UN mental health policy. Elected Council Member, Director and International Liaison of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Representative of Ireland at the Global Psychology Alliance and the International Union of Psychological Science. Advisory Chairperson of Psychologists in Private Practice. Founding Principal Member of the Metaverse Standards Forum, their Oversight Committee and the Privacy, Cybersecurity & Identity Domain Group. American Psychological Association and Cognitive Science Society member.

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Regular contributor to discussions about wellbeing and the relationship between psychology and technology in the media. Advocate for inclusivity and expertise by lived experience. Conducts organisational training programmes and delivers keynote speeches (i.e. TEDx, Mater Hospital, Science Foundation Ireland). Host of #bodymindself, available on Youtube, Spotify and iTunes, which focuses on the themes of perception, presence and control.

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