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Mark Williams

Mark Williams is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, Welcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He has been working closely with the Centre of Suicide Research since 2003 on a large Welcome Trust Programme to investigate psychological mechanisms in suicidal behaviour in recurrent depression. His research now continues as part of the Mindfulness Centre, focusing on understanding the psychological processes that underlie depression and suicidal behaviour and the development of new psychological treatments. He co-developed Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and is the author of several books, including "Suicide and Attempted Suicide", "The Mindful Way Through Depression" and "Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World" as well as authoring over 175 articles and chapters on psychological models and treatment of depression and suicidality.

Series featuring Mark Williams

  • The New Psychology of Depression
  • The Bodleian Libraries (BODcasts)
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Medieval Welsh Tolkien once termed Welsh 'the elder language of the men of Britain'; this talk explores how the sounds and grammar of Welsh captured Tolkien's imagination and are reflected in Sindarin, one of the two major Elvish languages which he created. Mark Williams 31 Oct 2018
2 Creative Commons Guided Meditation Professor Mark Williams offers a brief guided meditation in the last of four short videos in this series. Mark Williams 06 Dec 2011
3 Creative Commons Supporting Mindfulness Professor Mark Williams explains how you can support the work of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in the third of four short videos. Mark Williams 06 Dec 2011
4 Creative Commons The Science of Mindfulness Professor Mark Williams examines the neuroscience of mindfulness in the second of four short videos. Mark Williams 06 Dec 2011
5 Creative Commons Introduction to Mindfulness Professor Mark Williams introduces Mindfulness in the first of four short videos in this series. Mark Williams 06 Dec 2011
6 Creative Commons Mindfulness and the brain In this final episode Professor Mark Williams and Danny Penman discuss how imaging studies show that Mindfulness may have numerous profoundly positive effects on the brain. Mark Williams, Danny Penman 05 Dec 2011
7 Creative Commons Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy on trial Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is especially good for people who have suffered the most debilitating forms of depression. The evidence for its effectiveness is overwhelming and continues to grow. Mark Williams, Danny Penman 28 Nov 2011
8 Creative Commons Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: A new approach to treating depression Mindfulness therapy is an extremely effective treatment preventing relapse in depression. But what does it entail and how does it work? Mark Williams, Danny Penman 14 Nov 2011
9 Creative Commons Can treatments such as Cognitive Therapy help? Depression tends to return even if it has been successfully treated. Scientists now understand why this happens and have developed therapies that reduce the risks of relapse and help lift the burden of depression should it return. Mark Williams, Danny Penman 07 Nov 2011
10 Creative Commons How is depression treated? Doctors and psychiatrists once believed that patterns of thinking played little or no role in depression, but this is now known to be wrong. Professor Williams and Dr Danny Penman discuss how the treatment of depression has evolved in recent years. Mark Williams, Danny Penman 21 Oct 2011
11 Creative Commons What is depression? Depression is expected to impose the second biggest health burden globally by 2020; greater even than heart disease, arthritis and many forms of cancer. Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman discuss the driving forces behind this startling trend. Mark Williams, Danny Penman 21 Oct 2011
12 Reading of a poem in Scottish Gaelic Reading of a poem in Scottish Gaelic. Mark Williams 30 Apr 2008