Our research programme started with an exploratory clinical trial in 2005 asking if mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for people with a history of recurrent depression could be an alternative to anti-depressants. Since then it has flourished into several large scale studies seeking to understand how mindfulness can help reduce human suffering and promote well-being.

Here are some publications from those working at the university, our associates and graduates:


Alsubaie, M., Abbott, R., Dunn, B., Dickens, C., Keil, T., Henley, W., & Kuyken, W. (2017). Mechanisms of action in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in people with physical and/or psychological conditions: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review.


Psychogiou, L., Legge, K., Parry, E., Mann, J., Nath, S., Ford, T., & Kuyken, W. (2016). Self-Compassion and Parenting in Mothers and Fathers with Depression . Mindfulness, 1-13.

Mann, J., Kuyken, W., Ukoumunne, O., Evans, A., & Ford, T. (2016). Manual Development and Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Versus Usual Care for Parents with a History of Depression. Mindfulness.

Racey, D., Fox, J., Berry, V.,  Blockley, K., Longridge, R., Simmons, J., Janssens, A., Kuyken, W., & Ford, T. (2017). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Young People and their Carers‌. Mindfulness.


Beshai, S., McAlpine, L., Weare, K., & Kuyken, W. (2015). A Non-Randomised Feasibility Trial Assessing the Efficacy of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Teachers to Reduce Stress and Improve Well-Being. Mindfulness, 1-11.

Farb, N., Daubenmier, J., Price, C..J, Gard, T., Kerr, C., Dunn, B.D., Klein, A.C., Paulus, M.P., & Mehling, W.E. (2015). Interoception, contemplative practice, and health.. Front. Psychol. 6:763. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00763. 

Kuyken, W. et al.(2015). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (PREVENT): a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. Published Online April 21, 2015


Abbott, R., Whear, R., Rodgers, L., Bathal, L., Bethal, A., Thompson-Coon, J., Kuyken, W., Stein, K., Dickens, C., ( 2014) Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Evans, A., Crane, R., Cooper, L,. Mardula, J., Wilks, J., Surawy, C., Kenny, M., Kuyken, W., (2014) A Framework for Supervision For Mindfulness Based Teachers

Parkin et al (2014), Exploring the Relationship Between Mindfulness and Cardiac Perception, Mindfulness, 5 (3), 298-313.

Weare, K, S., (2014) Developing Mindfulness with Children and Young People

Williams, M. J., Dalgleish, T., Karl, A., & Kuyken, W. (2014) Examining the Factor Structures of the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire and the Self-Compassion ScalePsychological Assessment


Crane, R.S., Eames, C., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R.P., Williams, J.M.G., Bartley, T., Evans, A.,Silverton, S., Soulsby, J.G., Surawy, C. (2013). Development and validation of the Mindfulness-Based Interventions –Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC), Assessment. DOI: 10.1177/1073191113490790.

Kuyken, W., Weare, K., Ukoumnne, O.C., Vicary, R.L., Motton, N., Burnett, R., Cullen, C., Hennelly, S., Huppert, F. (2013) Effectiveness of the Mindfulness in Schools Programme: non-randomised controlled feasibility study


Crane, R. & Kuyken, W. The Implementation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Mindfulness. Published online 22nd June 2012. 

Crane, R.S., Kuyken, W., Williams, J.M.G., Hastings, R.P., Cooper, L., & Fennell, M. (2012). Competence in teaching mindfulness-based courses: Concepts, development, and assessment. Mindfulness, 3, 76-84. Doi: 0.1007/s12671-011-0073-2.

Kuyken, W. Crane, R. & Dalgleish, T. (2012). Does mindfulness based cognitive therapy prevent relapse of depression  British Medical Journal, 345:e7194. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e7194 . Published online 9th November 2012. 

Williams, J.M.G. & Kuyken, W. (2012). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: A promising new approach to preventing depressive relapse. British Journal of Psychiatry, 200, 359-360. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.111.104745.


Bailie, C., Kuyken, W., & Sonnenberg, S. J. (2011). The experiences of parents in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 17 (1), 99-115. doi: 10.1177/1359104510392296.

Feldman, C. & Kuyken, W. (2011).Compassion in the landscape of suffering. Contemporary Buddhism, 12, 143-155.

Hopkins, V. & Kuyken, W. (2011). Benefits and barriers of attending MBCT reunion meetings: An insider perspective. Mindfulness, 17, 103-119. doi: 10.1177/1359104510392296.

Kuyken, W., Byford, S., Byng, R., Dalgleish, T., Lewis, G., Taylor, R., Watkins, E.R, Hayes, R., Lanham, P., Kessler, D., Morant, N., & Evans, A. (2010). Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial comparing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with maintenance anti-depressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse/recurrence: the PREVENT trial. BMC Trials, 11, 99. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-11-99.

2010 and earlier

Allen, M., Bromley, A., Kuyken, W., & Sonnenberg, S.J. (2009). Participants’ experiences of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: “It changed me in just about every way possible.” Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 37, 413-430. ‌

Crane, R.S., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R.P., Rothwell, N., and Williams, J.M.G. (2010). Training teachers to deliver mindfulness-based interventions: Learning from the UK experience Mindfulness, 1, 74-86.‌

Kuyken, W., Watkins, E. R., Holden, E. R., White, K., Taylor, R. S., Byford, S., Evans, A., Radford, Teasdale, J.D. & Dalgleish, T. (2010). How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy work? Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 1105-1112. doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2010.08.003.

Kuyken, W., Byford, S., Taylor, R. S., Watkins, E. R., Holden, E. R., White, K., Barrett, B., Byng, R., Evans, A., Mullan, E., Teasdale, J.D.  (2008). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to prevent relapse in recurrent depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 966-978. doi: 10.1037/a0013786.

Some examples of recent and current projects which we run or collaborate on are:

  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as an alternative to anti-depressant medication - Find out more
  • The mindfulness in schools programme - Find out more
  • Listen to Professor Willem Kuyken talking about how MBCT worksListen here

A full listing of our major research projects is available here.