Currently abroad 5 hours back from the UK.
Favourite Thing: Understand and help people, bridge disciplines
Manchester University Psychology
National Opinion Polls, Westminster Council
Academic Applied Psychologist
Me and my work
I’m interested in how people develop over time. I a social scientist so I tend to use interviews and surveys to approach this topic.
I’ve looked at things like enhancing creativity at work, wellbeing and compared personal change processes found in traditions ranging from therapy through self-help to spiritual practice. I’m also interested in the way personality may mediate development. Some of my written work is covered on http://www.open.ac.uk/oubs/people-and-partners/people-profile.php?staff_id=268 though its not up to date. If you google Jane Henry or Jane Henry Open University and parapsychology or creative management or experiential learning or positive psychology you’ll find some of my stuff. You’ll find some of my blogs on wellbeing and managing on the BBC website. You can find some of my videos and audios on iTunes university, check out the Open University pages there. There’s one on Chinese culture for example. I also started a subgroup within the British Psychological Society (the professional organisation for psychologists) on Consciousness and Experiential Psychology to gather together scientists round the country who are interested in the same kind of thing as me, google bps/cep or warwick/cep to find out about that. You can find my books on Amazon. My interests are quite wide, many scientists stick to a narrower range of topics.
My Typical Day
I spend a lot of time at my computer answering emails, writing, looking things up. To get away to research with real people is a treat.
My work day generally begin by checking email, answering it, then some combination of the following: go to a meeting, deal with post, write, admin, teach, manage, conduct research, read online and in print. Often one day is mainly teaching, another research and another admin and management. Research may be desk research checking out work in the field online, setting up and conducting interviews or surveys or analysing data, writing reports and disseminating the findings.
What I'd do with the money
Give a young person a chance for a research assistant internship
I’d employ a research assistant to help analyse some of my data on creative style. It’d involve sorting data and mainly using descriptive and other statistics on a computer. It’d give them an idea of whats involved in this type of social science.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Creative, perceptive, introverted
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Hard to pick one, like world music
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Walking above the clouds in Nepal. Attending a Pink Floyd concert way back was pretty good.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Loved, healthy and wise
What did you want to be after you left school?
Researcher and interviewer
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was a rebel, always asking questions.
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Probably work I’m doing now on different paths of development for people with different personalities but my work on creativity has perhaps had more impact so far..
Tell us a joke.
There’s a visual joke of how men and women spend their time. On the female pie chart talking about relationships is the biggest category, and on the mens its sport!