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Dr. William Van Gordon BSc (Dunelm) MSc PhD FHEA FRSPH CPsychol


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Dr William Van Gordon is a Chartered Psychologist who lectures and conducts research in psychology at the University of Derby. He is recognised as an international expert in the research and practice of meditation and mindfulness. William sits on the editorial board for various academic journals including Mindfulness and Mindfulness and Compassion.

He has written several books including The Mindful Warrior (published as El Guerrero Atento by Editorial Kairos in Spain). He is also co-editor of two academic volumes published by Springer Publications: (i) Mindfulness and Buddhist-derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction, and (ii) The Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness. William has over 100 academic publications relating to the scientific study of meditation – including in journals such as the British Medical Journal, British Journal of General Practice, British Journal of Health Psychology, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Frontiers in Psychology, Aggression and Violent Behaviour, and Mindfulness.

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 mindfulness and meditative 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)

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quotation-39627_1280 Mindfulness is a useful tool for cultivating wellbeing and insight. But when practicing mindfulness don’t forget to be spontaneous and enjoy being human quotation-39627_1280

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