Mindfulness Network CIC - Our Supervisors

Alison Evans

Alison Evans

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter and have worked as a mindfulness-based cognitive therapist and trainer since 2004. I lead the Postgraduate training and supervised pathway in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches and the NHS Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) service within the AccEPT clinic. Prior to my work at the University, I worked as an Occupational Therapist in NHS settings.


  • MSC in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies, The University of Exeter
  • Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Oxford School of Occupational Therapy
  • I underwent extensive training with some of the first and second generation of mindfulness-based teachers as part of the Medical Research Council Trial platform:  Preventing depression relapse in NHS practice using Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Teaching-Training Specialisms

  • MBCT in clinical and research settings particularly for adults with a history of depression
  • MBCT for parents with depression
  • MBCT/MBSR for people with physical health difficulties/chronic pain/vascular disorders in a clinical setting (includes a trial offering MBCT/Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for people with a vascular disorder and associated low mood/stress)
  • As a trainer, I have a sound knowledge of MBSR for the general public

Supervision Experience

  • Supervision of postgraduate students since 2008, both whilst on placement with myself and distance supervision
  • Supervision of clinical MBCT therapists both within an NHS-funded service and a research team (group/peer supervision)
  • External mindfulness-based supervision through the University and then through the CIC since founding it in 2012
  • Developed training for supervisors of the postgraduate students at the University of Exeter
  • Co -wrote a paper outlining a framework for mindfulness-based supervision
  • Co-facilitating supervision training with Cindy Cooper and Jody Mardula in 2015

Supervision Specialisms

  •  NHS/Clinical settings, MBCT (particularly for recurrent depression), ‘supra vision’ supervision of supervision

Personal Practice

I have had a personal mindfulness practice since 2004, prior to which I practised yoga regularly. My practice includes the core practices taught in MBCT/MBSR as well as developing other practices of interest and relevance in my life. My practice is supported by regularly mentoring sessions with a teacher from the insight meditation tradition. Movement also plays an important role for me, both formally with practices such as yoga and tai chi and in more informal movement activities such as walking and kayaking in the beauty of Devon where I live.

Research Activities and Interests

  • Therapist on Medical Research Council Trial platform:  Preventing depression relapse in NHS practice using (MBCT)
  • Lead therapist for a National Institutes for Health Research funded PREVENT trial, "Preventing recurrent depression in NHS settings: Comparing antidepressants with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy."
  • Therapist on a small Random Controlled (RCT) trial of MBCT for parents with a history of recurrent depression
  • Therapist on a small RCT trial offering MBCT/MBSR for people with a vascular disorder and associated low mood/stress


Kuyken, W. et al.(2015). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (PREVENT): a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. Published Online April 21, 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62222-4

Kuyken, W., & Evans, A. (2014). Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression. In R. A. Baer (Ed) Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches: Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications (2nd edition) (pp. 29-60). London: Elsevier.

Evans, A., Crane, R.C., Cooper, L., Mardula, J., Wilks, J., Surawy., Kenny, M., Kuyken, W. (2014). A Framework for Supervision for Mindfulness-Based Teachers: a Space for Embodied Mutual Inquiry. Mindfulness. DOI 10.1007/s12671-014-0292-4

Crane, R. S., Eames, C., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R. P., Williams, J. M. G., Bartley, T., Evans, A., Silverton, S., Soulsby, J. G., & Surawy, C. (2013). Development and validation of the mindfulness-based interventions-teaching assessment criteria (MBI:TAC). Assessment. DOI: 10.1177/1073191113490790.

Further Information

I can be contacted via email at alison@mindfulness-network.org.