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 evalaute the effectiveness of our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 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.

Please contact either of us should you have any questions about our research department or mindfulness in general. We will be delighted to be of assistance.

Feel free to email us on or give us a call on

01202 021 063 for more information


Our new research project in collaboration with Exeter University

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Dorset Mindfulness Centre is collaborating with Dr Louise Baker (Trainee Clinical Psychologist) of Exeter University on a research project investigating how MBSR may be helpful for people with insomnia symptoms, a significant public health concern. Although a relatively new area of research, preliminary evidence suggests that MBSR leads to improved sleep quality in those with chronic health conditions (see Winbush et al., 2007) and in those with chronic insomnia (Hubbling et al., 2014). As a primarily subjective complaint it is imperative that insomnia and its processes are understood within the lived experience of those undertaking MBSR. In order to provide data important to the development of newer ‘acceptance’ based interventions for insomnia, our study involves interviews pre and post MBSR course participation with qualitative analysis and reporting.


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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