A/Prof Judson Brewer

Judson Brewer, MD PhD, is an internationally known thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Brown University’s Mindfulness Center and Associate Professor in Behavioral and Social Science at the School of Public Health and Psychiatry at the Medical School at Brown University.

Dr Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for behaviour change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating and anxiety. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI, and source-estimated EEG, and is currently translating these findings into clinical use.

He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, presented to the US President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, foreign Parliaments, trained US Olympic athletes and coaches and foreign government ministers, and has been featured on 60 minutes, at TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016 with more than 16 million views), in The New York Times, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, Businessweek, NPR, National Geographic and the BBC, among others.

He is the author of  The Craving Mind: from Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love, Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits  (2017) and Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind (2021).