Dr Jean O'Callaghan

Principal Lecturer, Programme Convener (MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Department of Psychology



PhD., MSc., M.A., DCG, Dip (Integrative Psychotherapy) UKCP Registered.

Research interests



McDonald, M. & O’Callaghan, J.. (2008). Positive Psychology: A Foucauldian critique. The Humanistic Psychologist. 36: 127-142.

Ferrari, J.R., Diaz-Morales, J. F., O’Callaghan, J., Diaz, K., & Argumedo D. (2007). Frequent Behavioral Delay Tendencies by Adults: Internacional Prevalence Rates of Chronic Procrastination. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Vol 38, No. 4. 458-464.

Ferrari, J.R., O’Callaghan, J., & Newbegin, I. (2005). Prevalence of procrastination in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia: Arousal and avoidance delays among adults. North American Journal of Psychology, 7, 1-6.

Parritt, S. & O’Callaghan, J. (2000). Splitting the Difference: An exploratory study of therapists’ work with sexuality, relationship and disability. Sexual and Relationship Therapy . Vol 15. No.2.

Swatton, S. & O’Callaghan, J. (1999). Healing Stories in the Life Narrative – a grounded theory. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Vol 12 (4), 413-429.

Publications under review:
McDonald, M. & O’Callaghan, J. (accepted for publication). Positive Psychology: A Foucauldian Critique. Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Rayner, B. & O’Callaghan, J. (under review). Residential care workers’ perspectives on the alleviation of medication for long-term care residents. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.


O’Callaghan, J., Essau, C., Ederer, E., Bokszczanin, A.,& Sasagawa, S. (2009) Academic and general procrastination A cross-cultural comparison. In S. McCarthy, V. Karandashev, M. Stevens, A. Thatcher, J. Jaafar, K, Moore, A. Trapp, & C. Brewer (eds) Teaching Psychology around the World: Volume 2 (pp. 341 – 360): Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Bokszczanin, A., Essau, C.A., & O’Callaghan, J.. (2009). Alcohol use and abuse in Poland. In A. Browne Miller (Ed.) The Praeger International Collection on Addictions. New York: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Essau, C.A., O’Callaghan, J., Ederer, E., Bokszczanin, A., & Sasagawa, S. (2008). Depressive, anxiety and stress symptoms among young people from three European countries. In A. Glebocka and A. Gawor (eds). Quality of life – Different perspectives. Poland: Impuls Publisher.

O’Callaghan, J. (2004). A Narrative Approach to Procrastination in Academic Settings. Chapter 12 in: H.Shouwenburg, C. Lay, J.R. Ferrari & T. Pychyl (eds) Counseling the Procrastinator in Academic Settings. American Psychological Association.

O’Callaghan J. (1998). Grounded Theory: A potential methodology. Chapter in P. Clarkson (ed) Counselling Psychology: Integrating Theory, Research and Supervised Practice. London: Routledge.


O’Callaghan J. (2005). Positioning as insider or outsider of the academy: A discursive approach to academic procrastination. Paper given as the 4th biennial international conference on Counseling the Procrastinator in Academic Settings at Roehampton University: July 2005.

O’Callaghan, J. (2004). A narrative analysis of students’ accounts of academic procrastination. Paper given at the Narrative Psychology Conference. University of Huddersfield: April 2004.

O'Callaghan J. (2003). University Counsellors' perspectives of working with student procrastinators. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Counseling the Procrastinator in Academic Settings at Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio.US.

O'Callaghan J. (2003). Self- presentation: comparing student procrastinators' and non-procrastinators' reported experience of doing academic writing. Paper presented at the PATS conference, Roehampton University.

O'Callaghan J. (2002). Towards more autonomous learning - an intervention programme for working with academic procrastination. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Psychology Learning and Teaching group (PLAT), York University,UK.

O'Callaghan, J. (2001). A comparative study of two interventions to address academic procrastination. Paper presented at the 2nd Biannual Internation Conference for Counseling the Procrastinator in Academic Settings. University of Groningen, Netherlands.

O'Callaghan, J. (2000). Emotional dimensions of self-regulation for learning in Higher Education. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Univeristy of Cardiff.


In preparation:

O’Callaghan, J., Worrell, M., & Bray, D. (in preparation). The Beautiful game of studying: discursive power relations in university students’ accounts of studying.

O’Callaghan, J., Worrell, M., & Bray, D. (in preparation). “It’s not that I’m lazy, I tell people I’m ill”: Excuses or real problems in university students’ accounts of academic procrastination.

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