Research Department


Our vision:

The vision of the department is to investigate mindfulness and compassion and how these practices can enhance our personal sense of wellbeing, our human relationships and social responsibilty to each other as well as our environment and the planet.

Our aim:

tickThe aim is to research and evaluate the effectiveness of our Mindfulness for Life MBSR/MBCT courses and to implement this knowledge in a way that enriches and informs how we teach and present.

tickExplore the mind – body connection as well as the effects of mindfulness meditation on our physiological and neurological states.


Dr Louise Baker, Ph.D., D.Clin.Psych. candidate – Research Co-ordinator

Dr Louise Baker, Ph.D.Louise has a PhD form the University of Southampton where she investigated the impact of insomnia for daytime cognitive function. She is also in her second year of Clinical Psychology Doctorate training at Exeter University with NHS placements in East Dorset. It was during this time that her interest in Mindfulness began and she completed an 8 week MBSR course which was deeply transformational. Louise has a particular passion for understanding how MBSR may be valuable for those with complaints of poor sleep/insomnia and is very pleased to be working with the Dorset Mindfulness Centre on a research project in this area in 2016.

Cezara Grajdeanu, MBPS – Research Assistant

Bournemouth Mindfulness YogaCezara is a graduate member of British Psychological Society. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Approaches at Exeter University. She has completed the Dorset Mindfulness Centre 8-Week MBSR programme and now offers her time as our mindful movement facilitator. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than 10 years and she has completed her Yoga Teachers Training in India. Cezara has a keen interest in research and will be supporting the department by collecting and collating information on pre as well as post MBSR course to evaluate the effectiveness of Mindfulness Based Interventions on course participants levels of wellbeing.


We support evidence based research


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Dorset Mindfulness Centre is actively involved in research with University of Derby, University of Wolverhampton and Exeter University. The research projects are investigating the effects of several meditation techniques taught at the Dorset Mindfulness Centre on chronic sleep problems, anxiety and depression as well as markers of inflammation, cortisol, physiological variables such as blood pressure.


Mindfulness research & clinical studies

Teasdale, J.D., Segal, Z.V., Williams, J.M.G., Ridgeway, V., Soulsby, J., & Lau, M. (2000). Prevention of relapse/recurrence in major depression by mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 615-623.

Teasdale, J.D., Moore, R.G., Hayhurst, H., Pope, M., Williams, S. & Segal, Z.V. (2002). Metacognitive awareness and prevention of relapse in depression: Empirical evidence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70, 278-287.

Ma, S.H., & Teasdale, J.D. (2004). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression: Replication and exploration of differential relapse prevention effects. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 31-40.

Goldapple, K., Segal, Z., Garson, C., Beiling, P., Lau, M., Kennedy, S. & Mayberg, H. (2004 ). Modulation of cortical-limbic pathways in major depression: Treatment specific effects of cognitive behavior therapy compared to Paroxetine. Archives of General Psychiatry, 61, 34-41.

Lau, M, Bishop, S., Segal, Z.V., Buis, T., Anderson, N. & Carlson, L. Shapiro, S., Carmody, J., Abbey, S. & Devins, J. (2006). The Toronto Mindfulness Scale: Development and validation. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62, 1445-1467.

Segal, Z.V., Kennedy, S., Gemar, M., Hood, K., Pedersen, R., & Buis, T. (2006). Cognitive reactivity to sad mood provocation and the prediction of depressive relapse. Archives of General Psychiatry, 63, 750-755.

Kuyken W, Byford S, Taylor RS, Watkins E, Holden E, White K, Barrett B, Byng R, Evans A, Mullan E, Teasdale JD. (2008). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to prevent relapse in recurrent depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 966-78.

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