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Megan Hayes

01642 34-
Job title:
GRS Research Student
Research & Innovation Services

About Megan Hayes

Megan Hayes

Megan Hayes
GRS Research Student, Research & Innovation Services
T: 01642 34-

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 began her Research Doctoral Studentship at Teesside University in 2014, to explore creative writing within the context of positive psychology, and the concept of ‘flourishing’ through writing.

In her time at Teesside University, Megan has contributed to the MA Creative Writing (Distance Learning) on the topic of Research Methods, and is also Visiting Lecturer on the BA in English Studies, in the Creative Writing track.

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 a developing interest in creative non-fiction, as well as the short story.

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


Hayes, M. C. (2017) ‘The Flourishing Writer.’ Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research. Volume 3.

Hayes, M. C. and Hefferon, K. (2015) ‘Not like rose-tinted glasses… like taking a pair of dirty glasses off’: A pilot intervention using positive emotions in expressive writing. International Journal of Wellbeing. 5(4), 78-95. DOI:10.5502/ijw.v5i4.4