Prof Willem Kuyken
Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford

Willem Kuyken is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He is a research clinical psychologist, with a BSc in Psychology (University College London), PhD (Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London), and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Salomon‘s Clinical Psychology Training Programme). He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania/Beck Institute with Aaron T. Beck. From 1999 to 2014 he worked at the University of Exeter, where he held a number of roles including heading up the doctoral clinical psychology training programme, and leading the clinical research group.

Professor Kuyken’s work is focussed on mood disorders and their evidence-based approaches. His research and teaching focus primarily on mindfulness-based approaches, compassion and individualizing evidence-based therapies through collaborative case conceptualization. His research has been supported by the National Institute for Health Research, Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, NHS and Medical Research Council. As Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, he has close links to the mental health charity, SANE, which works to promote mental health and provide support to those suffering mental illness.