Ruth Baer

Teacher, Trainer and Researcher

I’m a clinical psychologist and a mindfulness researcher, teacher, trainer, and practitioner. Following a long career as a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, I was very fortunate to move to Oxford to work with the OMC. My interests include conceptualization and assessment of mindfulness,...

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Chris Cullen

Teacher, Trainer and Retreat Lead

  I work part-time as an MBCT teacher and trainer for the OMC. I also teach Insight Meditation retreats in the UK, US and mainland Europe, and have a psychotherapy practice in Oxford. For the OMC, I teach Buddhist Psychology component on the MSt in MBCT course, run...

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Marion Furr

Operations Manager and Teacher, Trainer and Supervisor

Until August 2016, I was Director of Ministerial Business and Parliamentary Accountability at the UK Department of Health (DH) and Chair of the DH Staff Health and Wellbeing programme. After training to teach MBSR and MBCT at Bangor and Oxford, I personally introduced Mindfulness to over 3,000 colleagues at DH...

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Claire Kelly


I worked in education for much of my adult life, teaching mainly at secondary level and FE level for over 25 years. I previously worked with the UK charity, Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP), as Director of Curricula and Training, where my role involved creating, and training teachers to deliver,...

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Christina Surawy

Trainer and Course Director - Masters Programme

I am a clinical psychologist and accredited BABCP cognitive therapist. I have been involved in teaching, training and researching MBCT at the OMC since 2008 and am particularly interested in developing MBCT for physical health conditions as well as other adaptations including health anxiety. I am...

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Alison Yiangou

Teacher, Trainer and Curriculum Training Lead

I am a member of the senior team and Trainer and Curriculum Lead for the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC). I have an academic background in Psychology (MA Oxon). Most of my working life was spent in a business context, where I specialised in human potential and flourishing. Alongside work life, I...

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