In addition to my role as a co-director of the Mindfulness Network CIC, 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.
I do not take a salary for my role as co-Director of the Mindfulness Network.
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.