dr john francis leader

Dr John Francis Leader, also known as JFL, is a consulting psychologist, psychotherapist and cognitive scientist who specialises in personal leadership, 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 Psychology Department and the Cognitive Science Programme at University College Dublin, where he is an Adjunct Research Fellow. 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 accredited supervisor and holds a PhD in Cognitive Science from University College Dublin, as well as a BA Honours Degree in Psychology and Diplomas in Psychology and Psychotherapy. He is a member in good standing of the American Psychological Association, British Psychological Society, the Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Association, the Cognitive Science Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland.

John regularly contributes to discussions about wellbeing and personal leadership in the media, and he delivers keynote speeches and conducts organisational training programmes around these topics. He is the host of #bodymindself, available on Youtube, SoundCloud and iTunes.

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