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Professor Willem Kuyken

Willem Kuyken is a research clinical psychologist whose work aims to better understand depression and translate this understanding into cost-effective approaches to preventing and treating depression. This work has been supported by the Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research and Wellcome Trust. Since 1999 he has worked in Exeter, England. He has held a number of roles including heading up the doctoral clinical psychology training programme (2001-2004),leading the clinical research group (2001 – 2010) and co-founding the Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies which was broadened in 2011 to include a Masters in Mindfulness-based Approaches. In 2004 he co-founded the Mood Disorders Centre, a research, clinical and training centre that aims to better understand depression, translate that understanding into accessible evidence-based therapies and improve access to these therapies for people who suffer depression. He directed the Centre through its formative years from 2004 to 2012. In 2012 he co-founded the Mindfulness Network CIC that has the intention to reduce human suffering, promote well-being and create the conditions in which people can flourish. The network brings together researchers, mindfulness teachers, dharma teachers and health, education and social care professionals. His work is underpinned by a longstanding mindfulness practice. Personal web page:

Mindfulness Training Institute - Australia & New Zealand (MTI)