Episode 089 :: Willem Kuyken :: The ASPIRE Project: Accessibility of MBCT in the U.K. for Depression Relapse Prevention

Willem Kuyken

Willem Kuyken joins us to speak about The ASPIRE Project, focused on accessibility of MBCT in the U.K.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, or MBCT, has promising results in studies of its efficacy as a prevention of recurrence of major depressive episodes. One of the challenges, however, isn’t so much with the program, but accessibility to it.

Willem Kuyken, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, Cofounder of the Mood Disorders Centre, and a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. His primary research and clinical interests are case conceptualization and cognitive-behavioral approaches to depression, and he has published more than 50 articles and book chapters. Dr. Kuyken is a recipient of the May Davidson Award from the British Psychological Society.

Special thanks to Katie Fletcher for coordinating today’s interview.


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About Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner has been a meditator since the early 90’s, is a UMass Center for Mindfulness Qualified MBSR Teacher, and is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader as well as several other podcasts, and has presented about mindfulness to various groups including the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Harvard Humanist Hub, and Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor program. Ted has been published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, Mindful, and The International Journal of Whole Person Care.

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