Mindfulness, Meditation and Mood: Does a Secular Spirituality Make Sense? A Lecture by Professor Mark Williams

Thu, 2008-12-04 00:30 - 02:00

Professor Mark G. Williams will inaugurate the Lupina Lectures on Critical Issues in Global Health with a lecture entitled "Mindfulness, Meditation and Mood: Does a Secular Spirituality Make Sense?" The lecture will take place in Elliott MacGuigan Hall on Wednesday December 3 at 7:30 pm. Professor Michael Stoeber of Regis College will offer a response. A reception will follow.

Mark Williams, D Phil, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Experimental Psychology. He has held previous posts at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Medical Research Council Applied Psychology Unit (now Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit) in Cambridge and the University of Wales, Bangor, where he founded the Institute for Medical and Social Care Research and the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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. With colleagues John Teasdale (Cambridge) and Zindel Segal (Toronto) he developed Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for prevention of relapse and recurrence in depression.

His books include The Psychological Treatment of Depression (Routledge, 1984, 1992), Cognitive Psychology and Emotional Disorders (Wiley, 1988, 1997; with F. Watts, C. MacLeod & A. Mathews), Cry of Pain: Understanding Suicide and Self Harm (Penguin, 1997, re-issued as Suicide and Attempted Suicide, 2001) and with Z. Segal and J.D. Teasdale, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse (Guilford, 2002).

His recent book, The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Guilford, 2007; co-authored with John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn) is written for a lay-readership, and includes a CD narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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