In addition to my role as a co-director of the Mindfulness Network, I direct the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, School of Psychology, Bangor University, where I played a leading role in developing its training and research programme since it was founded in 2001. I teach and train internationally in both Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I was an MBCT teacher on the research trial led by Professor Mark Williams on the effectiveness of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for people with recurrent depression and suicidality. I am also an Occupational Therapist and an integrative counsellor, and previously worked within NHS mental health services for 15 years.
- Principle Fellow with the Higher Education Academy
- PhD, Bangor University
- MA, University of Wales, Bangor
- PG Diploma in Counselling, University of Wales, Bangor
- Diploma in Occupational Therapy, University of Wales, Bangor
- Certified MBSR teacher with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
- MBCT in clinical and research settings particularly for adults with a history of depression
- MBSR for general populations
I have supervised mindfulness-based teachers and trainees since 2004 and have been part of the growing dialogue about “mindfulness supervision” and its important place in training and on-going good practice.
I started my engagement with meditation after spending time in India during my late teens in the early eighties. I then took meditation teaching during my college years from Venerable Dr Mettanando who was studying in Oxford, and subsequently went to Thailand to live with a group of lay women within his root temple to continue my training.
I was introduced to meditation in the context of mindfulness teaching during the mid-nineties when Mark Williams was developing MBCT. This exploration opened up and re-energised my practice in new ways. Over the years since then, I have sought teaching from Western vipassana teachers, and from teachers within the mindfulness-based teaching context including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Ferris Urbanowski, Melissa Blacker, Gregory Kramer, Martin Aylward and Christina Feldman. I also love movement practice and attend a weekly yoga class, and enjoy other informal movement practices in everyday life.
Research Activities and Interests
My research focuses on how the evidence on mindfulness-based interventions can be implemented with integrity into practice settings. I am particularly interested in investigating the qualities of the teacher, and how we can reliably assess teaching competence. I am also engaged in research on how MBCT is being implemented into the NHS (see medicine.exeter.ac.uk/aspire).
Please visit http://www.bangor.ac.uk/psychology/publications.php?id=16403 to see my list of publications.
I can be contacted via email at email@example.com.