pen-1674849_960_720I’m facilitating these free two-hour workshops at the University of Derby on: Contemplative Psychology and Meditation for Improving Well-being


pen-1674849_960_720My latest article for Psychology Today discusses concerns over whether modern mindfulness is too superficial and whether new “second-generation mindfulness-based interventions” can be part of the solution


pen-1674849_960_720Pleased to have just started a new ‘Contemplative Psychology’ blog for Psychology Today. My first article provides recommendations for using Mindfulness in talking therapies


pen-1674849_960_720My video interview with New Thinking Allowed has just been released on my research into inverted hallucinations, which made the national news in more than 10 countries earlier this year

pen-1674849_960_720 My interview with psychologist Jeffrey Mishlove at New Thinking Allowed on my research into the benefits of emptiness meditation has just been released

pen-1674849_960_720 My latest @DerbyUni blog discusses 5 #psychological techniques for improving #sleep qualityWilliam-Van-Gordon-Blog

pen-1674849_960_720Ontological Addiction Theory has been extensively featured in the national and inter

national media.

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VanGordon, W., Shonin, E., Diouri, S., Garcia-Campayo, J., Kotera, Y., & Griffiths, M. D. (2018). Ontological Addiction Theory: Attachment to Me, Mine, and I. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, Advance Online Publication, DOI: 10.1556/2006.7.2018.45

In this short video I discuss How emptiness meditation can help foster wisdom and wellbeing.


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pen-1674849_960_720Recent Publication

Really pleased that during the first 3 months of this year (Jan-March), I published 9 peer-reviewed papers in the field of contemplative #psychology, including with collaborators in Spain, Italy, and Thailand.




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pen-1674849_960_720Dr. William Van Gordon BSc (Dunelm) MSc PhD FHEA FRSPH CPsychol

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Dr William Van Gordon is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology at the University of Derby (UK). He is an international expert in the research and practice of meditation and other contemplative approaches. William sits on the editorial board for various academic journals including Mindfulness, Mindfulness and Compassion, and the Journal of Concurrent Disorders. In the last 5 years alone, in addition to three books William has published over 100 full-text academic papers, including in some of the world’s leading psychology and medical journals. William’s research has been described as groundbreaking by Grazia UK, and during the last 12 months, his work was featured by national or major news outlets (including television, radio and newspaper) on more than 50 separate occasions, including in countries such as the UK (e.g., BBC News, ITV News, The Times, The Sun, Express, Metro, Grazia UK, talkRadio, Capital FM, Gem 106, Heart FM, This is Money, Yahoo News, Mail Online), Thailand (e.g., The Bangkok Post), Nigeria (e.g., Online Nigeria, Punch), Sri Lanka (e.g., The Island), Japan (e.g., Tocana), Ghana, France, USA (e.g., Lion’s Roar) and Hong Kong. Prior to joining academia, William was a Buddhist monk for ten years and he has previously worked in senior management roles for Marconi Plc, PepsiCo International and Aldi Stores Ltd. In the case of this latter position, he had total operational responsibility for a £28 million portfolio of six supermarkets with over 60 employees. William regularly travels all over the world to give keynote speeches, lectures and workshops on meditation and contemplative practice.

Current Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH)

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

  • Chartered Psychologist member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)