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Professor Mark Williams

Professor Mark Williams is a Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and Professor of Clinical Psychology. He holds a joint appointment in …Read More …

Professor Mark Williams is a Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and Professor of Clinical Psychology. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Department of Psychiatry and is the Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy and the US Association for Psychological Science.

Professor Williams, along with colleagues John Teasdale (Cambridge) and Zindel Segal (Toronto), developed Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for prevention of relapse and recurrence in major depression. His research is concerned with psychological models and treatment of depression and suicidal behaviour, particularly the application of experimental cognitive psychology to understanding the processes that increase risk of suicidal behaviour in depression.

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Adele Krusche

Adele worked as recruiter and trial coordinator on the Staying Well after Depression randomised controlled trial as part of the Oxford Mindfulness team and Department …Read More …

Adele worked as recruiter and trial coordinator on the Staying Well after Depression randomised controlled trial as part of the Oxford Mindfulness team and Department of Psychiatry. She is currently writing up a paper describing effective recruitment methods using the data from the trial and helping with the final data exploration for other trial papers.

She is currently conducting research into online mindfulness courses and their benefits for parents during the perinatal period in conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation and Wellmind Media for her DPhil Psychiatry degree. She also maintains the Oxford Mindfulness Centre website, Twitter account, YouTube channel and Facebook feed.

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Dr Tetsuji Ietsugu

Dr Tetsuji Ietsugu gained his Ph.D (Medical Sciences) at the Nagoya City University Medical School, in Japan, where he practiced Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for …Read More …

Dr Tetsuji Ietsugu gained his Ph.D (Medical Sciences) at the Nagoya City University Medical School, in Japan, where he practiced Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for several years. Dr Ietsugu is on sabbatical and his research interests include the mechanism of action “how does the mindfulness approach work?” and the combination of mindfulness and Morita Therapy (a Japanese classic psychotherapy based on Zen), which may lead  to the creation of a more effective mindfulness approach. At present he is planning to practice MBCT for chronic depression, which will hopefully contribute to the dissemination of MBCT in Japan.

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Bergljot Gjelsvik

Bergljot Gjelsvik is an Honorary Research Clinical Psychologist at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre having trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Oslo and …Read More …

Bergljot Gjelsvik is an Honorary Research Clinical Psychologist at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre having trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Oslo and holds a Masters of Studies degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the University of Oxford. She is completing her PhD on suicide prevention and deliberate self-harm focusing on causes of suicidal behaviour, risk and protective factors. Bergljot works clinically with depressed and suicidal individuals using MBCT.

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Dr Maret Dymond

Dr Maret Dymond trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Southampton and has a degree in psychology and PhD in perinatal psychology at …Read More …

Dr Maret Dymond trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Southampton and has a degree in psychology and PhD in perinatal psychology at the University of Reading. Dr Dymond trained as a teacher in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Depression (MBCT) and in Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP). She currently leads on a project facilitating and evaluating MBCP classes for expectant parents in collaboration with NHS colleagues introducing MBCP within the UK and Europe.

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Dr Catherine Crane

Dr Catherine Crane gained her DPhil in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and has been working as a Senior Post-Doctoral …Read More …

Dr Catherine Crane gained her DPhil in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and has been working as a Senior Post-Doctoral Research Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry. She is working on a variety of projects including collaboration with researchers at the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, University of Bristol and the multi-centre RCT “Staying Well after Depression.” Dr Crane’s research interests include mindfulness based treatment approaches, suicide, self-regulation and autobiographical memory.

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Dr Gaetan Cousin

Dr Gaetan Cousin gained his DPhil in Psychology at the University of Neuchatel, in Switzerland, where he has worked on physician-patient communication. He is currently …Read More …

Dr Gaetan Cousin gained his DPhil in Psychology at the University of Neuchatel, in Switzerland, where he has worked on physician-patient communication. He is currently working at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre as a Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, on a 2-year project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Dr Cousin’s interests include mindfulness-based interventions, personality and individual differences in patients’ reactions to the treatments, as well as medical communication within somatic and psychiatric contexts.

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Dr Thorsten Barnhofer

Dr Thorsten Barnhofer worked in Prof Mark Williams’ group at the Oxford Department of Psychiatry for eight years, during which time he was involved in research on …Read More …

Dr Thorsten Barnhofer worked in Prof Mark Williams’ group at the Oxford Department of Psychiatry for eight years, during which time he was involved in research on the effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in suicidal and chronic depression as a clinician, mindfulness teacher, and researcher. He is now a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, where the main focus of his research is on the investigation of cognitive and neurophysiological factors underlying the persistence of affective disorders and their modification using mindfulness-based interventions. He teaches MBCT workshops and retreats for mental health professionals, and is a licensed CBT-therapist and yoga teacher.

 


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