Professor Willem Kuyken
Professor of Clinical Psychology

External responsibilities

Awards and distinctions

  • Grandfathered Diplomate and Fellow of the international Academy of Cognitive Therapy (2003-date).

    Invited faculty member of the 2014 Mind and Life Summer Research Science Institute.

    CoBALT trial nominated for Society of Clinical Trials “Trial of the Year.” (2013)

    British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (2009) "New Researchers Award for Excellence" to my PhD student Andrew Bromley for his poster at the BABCP conference in July. These awards are for posters by new researchers and trainees and are intended to "commend independent contributions to the science and practice of CBT."

    British Psychological Society May Davidson Award (2006) “for clinical psychologists who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of clinical psychology within the first 10 years of their work as a qualified clinical psychologist.”

    Teaching Excellence Award. University of Exeter award to recognize excellence in teaching (2001-2002).

Committee/Panel activities

  • NIHR College of Experts (2010-date)

    Member, National Institutes for Clinical Excellence Depression Guideline Update Group, & Chair of Psychosocial Therapies sub-group (2007-2009)

    Advisory Board of Mindfulness in Schools Project (2011-date)

    Consultant on development of MRC strategic review of mental health research (2009) 

    National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Research for Patient Benefit Panel (2010-2012)

    Chair of Trial Steering Committee for “An RCT of an Intervention to Promote the Effects of Health Enhancing Physical Activity on Physical and Psychosocial Outcomes in Patients with Mild COPD Who are Being Treated with Tiotropium.”

    “The CBT competences framework for depression and anxiety disorders” Expert Reference Group (2006-2007)

    Depression Alliance (Co-opted to the Board of Trustees, 2005-2006)

    World Health Organization (1994-1996)

Editorial responsibilities

  • Behaviour Research and Therapy (Editorial Board, 2007-date)

    Behavior Therapy (Editorial Board, 2008-date)

    Cognition and Emotion (Ediorial Board, 2012-date)

    Mindfulness (International Advisor, 2010-date)

    Journal of Abnormal Psychology (Editorial Board, 2013-date)

Invited Lectures

  • Kuyken, W. (2013). How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy work? Invited keynote address at the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Lima, Peru.

    Kuyken, W. (2013). MBCT for recurrent depression: Ten years on what do we know and what are the next challenges? Invited keynote address at the UK National Mindfulness Conference, Bangor, UK.

    Kuyken, W. (2012). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression: Does it work? How does it work? Invited keynote address at the 19th International Symposium about Current Issues and Controversies in Psychiatry: New Approaches in Depression, Barcelona, Spain.

    Kuyken, W. (2012). Depression in primary care: Towards a pathway of accessible, cost-effective psychological treatments. Invited keynote at the South West Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Research Meeting, Torquay, UK.

    Kuyken, W. (2011). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: Does it work? How does it work?  Invited keynote address at the European Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Reykjavik, Iceland.

    Kuyken, W. (2011). How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy work? Invited keynote address at the UK National Mindfulness Conference, Bangor, UK.

    Kuyken, W. (2010). Clinical decision-making in cognitive-behavioural therapy. Putting some modest clothes on the emperor. Invited keynote address at the International Workshop on Clinical Reasoning, London, UK.

    Kuyken, W. (2009). Case conceptualisation: Working effectively with clients in cognitive behaviour therapy. Invited keynote address at the BABCP Conference, Exeter.

    Padesky, C.A., & Kuyken, W. (2008). Collaborative case conceptualization. Invited 5-hour Institute. Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies. Orlando, USA.

    Kuyken,W. (2006). Turning toward life: Contemporary approaches to recurrent depression. May Davidson award lecture, British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference, London, UK.

Media coverage

  • National & International media (e.g., .b Teens Mindfulness in Schools Project, coverage in the Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Times and Daily Mail, Huffington Post, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio Scotland, plus many regional and online outlets 2013; CoBALT trial, coverage in numerous national and international media outlets including BBC News website, USA Today, Japan Today, Sky News, Yahoo News, Chicago Tribune, Fox News,, NHS Choices,, Science Newsline, QualityHealth, LifeScript,, Campaign Series, Medcompare,,, and >30 other media outlets; Previous mindfulness work covered in Daily Telegraph, 2012; Observer 2011; Men’s Health 2011; Self magazine, 2010; The Sun, 2010; Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Herald, BBC News website, Radio 4, BBC World Service; The Metro, Irish Independent, the Guardian 2009; Psychologies Magazine, 2007; Women’s Health, 2007; Daily Mirror, 2006; feature/interview in Volkskrant, Dutch broadsheet, 2006; feature/interview in De Morgen, Belgian broadsheet; Independent Nurse magazine, 2006) 

Workshops organised

  • Invited workshops nationally and internationally on:

    Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced workshops, including on implementation (Mindfulness in Society International Conference; BPS South West branch workshop 2013; “Psychology in the Pub" series, Bristol Right Steps IAPT service, EABCT, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2011; Oslo, Norway, 2011; Heidelberg, Germany, 2007; London, BABCP Spring Conference, 2006; Nijmegen, Netherlands, 2008) and;

    Collaborative Case Conceptualization (University of Sussex, Brighton, 2012; University of East Anglia, Norwich, 2012; EABCT, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2011; BABCP Western Branch, 2011; BABCP Spring Conference, 2010; Central London CBT Centre, London, 2010; Exeter, Southampton, & South Thames BABCP branches, 2009; Oxford, 2008; ABCT, Orlando, USA, 2008; Uppsula, Sweden, 2008; Dublin, 2004) and Recurrent Depression (Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth. 2008; Hamilton, Canada, 2005; Portland, ME, USA 2005).

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