Following a BA in Social Psychology and a Masters in Psychological Research Methods (MRes) and I gained my DPhil from the University of Sussex in 2007. Since then I have been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of East London and at Brighton University teaching Ecopsychology. I am also an Honorary Adjunct Lecturer at University College Dublin, Eire.
I am a social-environmental psychologist with an applied focus employing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in my research of psychological well-being, emotions, self-concept, values and identity. The affective nature of psychological well-being, in particular eudemonic and humanistic indicators of well-being and its relation to the natural environment (in its many forms), is of particular interest to me; I am also a practising Integrative Therapist with an interest in the application of the natural environment as a therapeutic medium (Eco-therapy / Eco-psychology). In addition to these interests, how natural environment experiences might engender more positive environmental attitudes, beliefs, behaviours, and stronger environmental identities, forms an important part of my research focus.
Research and knowledge exchange
Doctoral Student Supervision
Dr Jane Clatworthy [DClinPsy - completed] - Exploring the relationship between suburban allotment gardening and wellbeing: An interpretive phenomenological analysis
Dr Joanne Webber [DClinPsy - completed] - Investigating the psychological wellbeing of allotment gardeners.
David Gilroy [PhD] - Investigating optimal undergraduate selection: Emotionality, ability, and resilience.
Stephanie Revell [PhD] - Walk and talk therapy: Studying client and therapist perspectives to inform a theory of practice.
Anna Roberts [DClinPsy] - Investigating the effects of forest school on the psychological wellbeing and environmental perceptions of adolescents.
Lisa Wood [DClinPsy - completed] - Is nature helping? A grounded theory of how nature affects the psychological well-being of community gardeners experiencing mental distress.
Teaching and subject expertise
I convene the following modules here at CCCU: Third Wave Therapies; Qualitative Research Methods; Topics in Health Psychology and Environmental Psychology as well as contributing to a number of other modules: Psychology of Sustainable Living and the MSc module Health and Wellbeing.
Selected Conference Presentations
Hinds, J. (September, 2015). Eudemonic awakening: Nature and eudemonia. 5th International Conference of Ecopsychology. Crete, Greece.
Revell, S. & Hinds, J. (May, 2015). Walk and talk therapy. 21st Annual British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference. Nottingham, UK.
Hinds, J., Marshall, H., Revell, S., & Jordan, M. (2015, March). Symposium: Nature as a therapeutic space. Nature Connections Conference. Derby, UK.
Hinds, J. (2014, June). Urban allotments: Wellbeing, connectedness and sustainability. 23rd International Association Person-Environment Studies Conference. Timisoara, Romania.
Jordan, M. & Hinds, J. (2014, June). Symposium co-organiser & Chair: Ecotherapy & Nature Based Therapy Symposium. Brighton University, UK.
Hinds, J. (2013, September). Allotments: Sense of place and well-being. 10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Magdeburg, Germany.
Hinds, J. (2012, September). Adventure Experiences: Wellbeing and Identity. 6th International Adventure Therapy Conference, Czech Republic.
Hinds, J. (2011, September). Symposium organiser & Chair:Environmental connectedness:What is it and how may it help in the prediction of well-being and pro-environmental behaviours? 9th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Hinds, J. (2010, June). Positive psychological well-being and the natural environment. 5th European Positive Psychology Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Hinds, J. (2010, July). An interpretative phenomenological analysis workshop. 25th Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Conference (PsyPag), Sheffield, UK.
Hinds, J. (2009, September). A psychometric analysis of the relationship between affect-based experiential states and the natural environment. 8th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Zürich, Switzerland.
Hinds, J. (2006, November). Affective connection and identification with the natural environment. 9th Congress of Environmental Psychology, Madrid, Spain.
Hinds, J. (2006, July). The psychological benefits of natural environment experiences. 8th Annual Conference of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Sussex, UK.
Publications and research outputs
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Jordan, M. & Hinds, J. (2016). Ecotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice (Edited Volume), Palgrave MacMillan.
Hinds, J. (2015). The role of the natural environment for eudemonic well-being and identity during adventure experiences. In C. L. Norton, C. Carpenter, & A. Pryor (Eds.), Adventure Therapy around the Globe: International Perspectives and Diverse Approaches (pp. 265-279). Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing.
Webber, J., Hinds, J., & Camic, P. (2015). The wellbeing of allotment gardeners: A mixed methodological study. Ecopsychology, 7, 20-28.
Sparks, P., Hinds, J., Curnock, S., & Pavey, L. J. (2014). Connectedness and its consequences: An assessment of relationships with the natural environment. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44, 166-174.
Clatworthy, J., Hinds, J., & Camic, P. (2013). Gardening as a mental health intervention: A review. Mental Health Review Journal, 18, 214-225.
Hinds, J. (2011). Woodland adventure for marginalized adolescents: Environmental attitudes, identity and competence. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 10, 228-237.
Hinds, J. & Sparks, P. (2011). The affective quality of human-natural environment relationships. Evolutionary Psychology, 9, 451-469.
Hinds, J. (2011).Exploring the psychological rewards of a wilderness experience: An interpretive phenomenological analysis. The Humanistic Psychologist, 39, 189-205.
Hinds, J. & Sparks, P. (2009). Investigating environmental identity, well-being and meaning. Ecopsychology, 1, 181-186.
Hinds, J. & Sparks, P. (2008). Engaging with the natural environment: The role of affective connection and identity. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 28, 109-120.