About the speaker

Professor J. Mark. G. Williams

Professor of Clinical Psychology & Wellcome Principal Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Experimental Psychology
Founder and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), University of Oxford
Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Co-developer of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Co-author of the clinical manual Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse (2002)
Co-author of the international best-seller The Mindful Way Through Depression (2007) (has been published in over 18 languages)

Prof. J. Mark G. Williams is a distinguished scholar on suicide, depression, psychology, mental health and mindfulness.

As a clinical psychologist, during the 1970s and 1980s, Prof. J. Mark G. Williams did research and developed a combined cognitive and behaviour therapeutic approach for depression. He wrote The Psychological Treatment of Depression: A Guide to the theory and practice of cognitive-behaviour therapy (1984), and collaborated with colleagues Jan Scott and A.T. Beck on a book Cognitive Therapy in Clinical Practice (1989). This therapy is now the standard approach to the psychological treatment of emotional disorders throughout the world.

In the recent decade, Prof. J. Mark G. Williams co-developed mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which is now recommended by the UK government for recurrently depressed patients, and has enormous influence in opening up the options for the treatment of severe and recurrent depression all over the world.

He is a Professor of Clinical Psychology & Welcome Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Experimental Psychology. Moreover, he is the founder and the Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in the University of Oxford. He has published 11 books and over 176 referred journal articles.

Prof. J. Mark G. Williams is a co-author of a clinical manual Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse (2002) and the international best-seller The Mindful Way Through Depression (2007), which has been published in over 18 languages.

Selected publications (books and journal articles) of Prof. Mark Williams can be found from the webpage: http://oxfordmindfulness.org/science/publications/



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