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Dr Andrew Hart

Location3.15 Horton A
DepartmentSchool of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
Telephone01274 236426

Research Interests (key words only)

Community psychology, consciousness and the mind-body problem, social construction of self and identity, work-based learning.

PhD Supervision

Co-supervisor for PhD projects on:

  • Dysphagia and Dementia (Principal Supervisor: Prof. Jan Oyebode)
  • The use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems (Principal Supervisor: Prof. Mohammed Mohammed)

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

BSc (Hons) Public Health and Community Wellbeing

Module Leader:

  • Psychological Perspectives on Health and Wellbeing
  • Work-Based Learning 1 (Introduction to Employment Skills)

Seminar/additional Tutor:

  • Contemporary Issues in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Project Management
  • PPD

I also supervise an allocation of MSc Leadership and Management projects.

Administrative Responsibilities

Work-Based Learning Co-ordinator, BSc (Hons) Public Health and Community Wellbeing.


I joined the University of Bradford in 2013 and have worked as a psychology lecturer in higher education since 1999. Prior to that I worked with disabled students and young people deemed to have emotional and behavioural difficulties. Before that I worked in the civil service.

In 2004 I completed my PhD in the Department of Interdisciplinary Human Studies at the University of Bradford and my thesis examined the role of social interaction in explaining the evolution of consciousness by exploring Vygotskian ideas around distributed cognition and sociogenesis.

The psychology of consciousness and the mind-body problem continue to fascinate me and in the last decade my work with students undertaking placements in community settings has also led to a deep interest in Community Psychology, particularly in relation to work-based learning, power inequalities, identity and wellbeing. A common theme that unites these interests concerns the role of interpersonal processes in constructing and supporting aspects of emotional and cognitive functioning.

Study History

  • (1998) BA (Hons) Combined Studies (Psychology and Humanities): 1st class
  • (2000) PGCE (HE)
  • (2004) PhD
  • (2008) Dip. Psych

Professional Activities

  • Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of the BPS Social Psychology Section, Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section, Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section
  • Committee Member of the BPS Community Psychology Section: 2012 – 2015
  • External Examiner for the BSc (Hons) Combined Social Science course (Plymouth University/Cornwall College): 2010 – 2014

Research Areas

  • Community Psychology: professional identity and power in students’ work-based and community-based learning
  • Social psychology: construction of self and identity
  • Consciousness and the mind-body problem
  • Distributed cognition and technology use

Current Projects

I am currently undertaking qualitative research to explore the experiences of mentors who supervise students on placement (collaboration with Jane Montague, Faculty of Health Studies).


Hart, A. and Akhurst, J. (forthcoming – accepted for publication 16/05/2016) ‘Community-based learning and critical community psychology practice: conducive and corrosive aspects’, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.

Hart, A., Lantz, C. and Montague, J. (2016) ‘Identity, Power and Discomfort: developing intercultural competence through transformative learning’, for the upcoming book Student Culture and Identity in Higher Education, Eds Shahriar, A and Syed, G.K.  Pennsylvania: IGI Global.

Hart, A. and Montague, J. (2016) ‘Negotiating identity and alterity: cultural competence, colonization and cultural voyeurism in students’ work-based learning’, Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture. 6 (3), pp.7-23. DOI: 10.1002/jpoc.21196

Hart, A. and Montague, J. (2015) ‘The constant state of becoming: power, identity and discomfort on the anti-oppressive learning journey’, Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture, 5 (4), pp.39-52. DOI: 10.1002/jpoc.21159

Hart, A. (2014) ‘Consciousness, Captivity and Cubism’, The Psychologist, 27 (11), p.884.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Workshops and Conference Presentations

‘Everyday cultural sensitivity and insensitivity’ workshop with Lantz, C. and Montague, J. Diversity Festival, University of Bradford, 20th April 2016.

'Negotiating identity and alterity: cultural competence, colonisation and cultural voyeurism’: paper co-authored with Montague, J. Making Diversity Interventions Count 5th International Conference, University of Bradford, 16th June 2015.

‘Community Psychology in action and research: innovative approaches to health promotion and social justice’, BPS Community Psychology Festival, London, 29th November 2014.

‘What role does community-based learning play in the psychology curriculum?’ BPS North East of England Branch Annual Conference, Northumbria University, 12th September 2014.

‘Evaluating the role of students' work-based learning in supporting effective diversity interventions’: paper co-authored with Montague, J. Making Diversity Interventions Count 4th International Conference, University of Bradford, 17th June 2014.

‘Local partnership building and students' community-based learning’: paper co-authored with Akhurst, J. European Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, July 2013.

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