Prof Mark Williams
Mark Williams is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.
The main focus of his research and clinical work has been to understand how best to prevent serious clinical depression and suicide. With colleagues John Teasdale (Cambridge) and Zindel Segal (Toronto), he developed Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for prevention of relapse and recurrence in depression. Research has shown MBCT to markedly reduce the rate of future depression in those who have suffered the most serious and persistent forms of major depression.
His books include The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Guilford, 2007; with John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn), Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World (London, Piatkus, 2011, with Danny Penman), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression and The Mindful Way Workbook (with Z. Segal and J.D. Teasdale; Guilford, 2013, 2014), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with People at Risk of Suicide (with Melanie Fennell, Thorsten Barnhofer, Sarah Silverton and Rebecca Crane, Guilford, 2015).