Willem Kuyken

Director, Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science

Department of Psychiatry

BSc (University College London); Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (Open University); PhD (Kings College London)

Professor Kuyken’s work focuses on depression and evidence-based approaches to depression. In particular, his research examines how mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can prevent depression and enhance human potential across the lifespan. Several studies have arisen out of this work that suggest MBCT as an alternative to maintenance antidepressants (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2008; Lancet, 2015; JAMA Psychiatry, 2016), as well as a universal approach to preventing depression in adolescence (British Journal of Psychiatry, 2013). He is also interested in the bridge between ancient wisdom traditions and modern psychological science believing this can provide useful new perspectives on challenges we face in the contemporary world.

Recognizing that science is not only about developing new knowledge but also about using that knowledge in ways that are beneficial Professor Kuyken directs the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, which seeks to improve access to evidence-based mindfulness approaches around the world.

His departmental web profile is here: https://www.psych.ox.ac.uk/team/willem-kuyken which includes a biosketch and various links including to the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.