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School of Health and Society

Jacqui McKenna

Programme Leader

Research Interests

Research Interests include:

Emotional Intelligence - emotional competencies as essential for professional functioning.  EI as a component of competence and relationship building, EI  training in mental health/ EI and adjustment to physical disability, EI and wellbeing for staff and students. 

 Psychosocial support and  Advanced communication skills 

Models Of Practice in Occupational Therapy - The Umbrella Framework

Service user involvement in curricuum development and delivery

Reflection - reflective writing and reflective practice

Problem based learning

The Competent Learner Model

Mentoring and the part time student experience

APEL and widening participation

Action research

Qualifications and Memberships

1985: Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists (Salford College of Technology)

1990 - BSC Hons Health and Welfare (from Univ College Salford)

1999: Master of Science Applied Psychology Education Practice and Research (Manchester Victoria University)

2007 - Post-Graduate Certificate Higher Education Practice and Research (from University Of Salford ).


Tickle, E & Davys, D & McKenna, J 2010, ' Is Clinical Updating a Valuable Mechanism For Enhancing The Student Experience? .', British Journal Of Occupational Therapy. , Vol 73 (5), pp.237 -239.

Davys, D & McKenna, J & Tickle, E 2008, 'Peer Observation in Professional Development; Occupational Therapists Perceptions' -International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Vol 15(6), pp.245 -253.

Mckenna, J 2007, ' Emotional intelligence training in adjustment to physical disability and illness', International Journal Of Therapy And Rehabilitation.

McKenna, J 2007, 'Exploring the 'ups and downs' of seconded student experiences of workplace support. ', Innovative Learning In Action. , 7, pp.12-21.