"A Kinder Society", is a cross-community, social development initiative aiming to promote kindness and compassion for individual, organisational and community well-being and success.  Initiatives towards A Kinder Society include "The I Can Centre" (because it is not kind to leave people anxious, stressed, worried etc) and NICHAW*(because we need to find creative community solutions to social, practical and healthcare problems rather than compel people to relocate, especially into later life). We hope these and other initiatives in the pipeline will upskill and support people towards optimal health, well-being and development.  We are just getting underway (2016) and inquires, feedback, involvement etc are all most welcome. 

*The National Institute for Community Health and Well-being, NICHAW.org


Director:  Dr Ann O’Hanlon, BA (Hons), M.Sc, Ph.D.
The lead behind  'A KInder Society' is  psychologist, author and CBT Therapist Dr Ann O'Hanlon.  

  • Ann completed two advanced degrees in psychology from the University of Southampton, and 5 years of postdoctoral psychology and research training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. 
  • At Queens University Belfast, Ann also completed a  Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (with distinction), and a BABCP accredited Postgraduate  Diploma in Cognitive  Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  
  • Clinically, Ann has worked with a range of clients in public and private healthcare settings. She helps people understand and manage depression, trauma, and all types of anxiety incl phobias, OCD, health anxiety, worry and social anxiety or shyness. 
  • Ann has also taught in higher education for nearly twenty years, which included supervising over a dozen MBS or MBA students. Additionally, she has presented her research on health, kindness and/or compassion at more than 100 conferences and scientific meetings around the world. 
  • Ann has also published many scientific journal papers and books on  health and well-being, including an academic textbook in psychology [click here] for use by undergraduates and postgraduates, with a second edition of this book due in 2016.  
  • ​More information about Ann can be seen here on LinkedIn: annohanlon.com



Associate: Dr. Anthony McCann, Ph.D. FRSA
Anthony is an international keynote speaker, researcher, lecturer, coach, and trainer. A specialist in culture change, leadership, and ethics, he was recently nominated for the position of Visiting Professor in Culture Change and Leadership at Canterbury Christ Church University.  A recipient of a Fulbright Award, Anthony has held the positions of Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington DC and Visiting Fellow with the University of Bristol's Graduate School of Education. He holds the positions of Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Associate with the Center for Emergent Diplomacy in Santa Fe; Associate with the Center for Inter-Cultural Practice in San Francisco; part-time lecturer in Peacebuilding for Loughborough University’s programme in International Diplomacy, and Certified Coach with LITS Global corporate responsibility training. Anthony has worked as a lecturer-researcher at the University of California, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Sheffield, the University of Sheffield Hallam, the University of Limerick, the University of Ulster, and Queens’ University, Belfast. 



Information on other associates will follow.