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
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.