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Academic Biography

Megan C. Hayes is a writer and interdisciplinary researcher. She received a First Class BA Hons in English Literature and Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in 2011, before going on to receive an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London in 2014. Megan completed a Research Doctoral Studentship at Teesside University in 2017, which explored creative writing within the context of positive psychology, and the concept of ‘flourishing’ through writing.

In her time teaching at Teesside University, Megan has contributed to the MA Creative Writing (Distance Learning) and the BA in English Studies, in the Creative Writing track.

Summary of Research Interests

Megan's research and teaching interests include writing and the self, writing and wellbeing, the psychology of writing, positive psychology, life writing, and qualitative research methods in English Studies. She has published two works of creative non-fiction for non-academic audiences, Write Yourself Happy (Gaia, 2018) and The Happiness Passport (White Lion Publishing, 2018).

Megan has presented her research in the UK, USA and Europe, and has also published her research internationally. Along with Dr Sophie Nicholls, she is co-founder of Creative Writing Lab: The Network for Research in Creative Writing and Wellbeing.

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Research Output

Positive Journal Writing Across Multicultural Contexts

Hayes, M. & van Zyl, L., 13 Jun 2019, Positive psychological intervention design and protocols for multi-cultural contexts. Rothmann, S. & van Zyl, L. (eds.). Springer, p. 415-433

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  • Worded Selves

    Hayes, M., 1 Jan 2019, Literature and Psychology : Writing, Trauma and the Self. Çakırtaş, Ö. (ed.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 214-236

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