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John Teasdale received his first degree in psychology from the University of Cambridge and subsequently studied for his Ph.D. in abnormal psychology, and trained as a clinical psychologist, at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, where he then taught for a number of years.

After working as a National Health Service clinical psychologist in the University Hospital of Wales, he moved to full-time research, first in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, andin then in MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge.

His main interest has been the basic psychological processes and the application of that understanding to the relief of emotional disorders.

Initially he was involved in the development and evaluation of [[behaviour therapy] for anxiety disorders, and then cognitive approaches to treating clinical depression. He has most recently been involved in the development of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, working with Zindel Segal and J. Mark G. Williams

He has received a Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, and has been elected Fellow of both the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He is currently retired, pursuing personal interests in meditation and mindfulness training.

See alsoEdit



  • Segal,Z.V., Williams,J.M.G. and Teasdale,J.D.92006). Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse ISBN: 1428802657 ISBN: 1572307064

Book ChaptersEdit

Mason, O.J., Hargreaves, I., 2001, ‘A qualitative study of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression’, British J Medical Psychology, 74, 197-212.


  • Ma, S.H., Teasdale, J.D., 2002, ‘Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression: replication and exploration of differential relapse prevention effects’, J Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • Teasdale, J.D., Segal, Z.V., Williams J.M.G. et al., 2000, ‘Prevention of relapse/recurrence in major depression by Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy’, J Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68(4): 615-23.
  • Teasdale, J., 1999, ‘Emotional Processing, three modes of mind and the prevention of relapse in depression’, Behavior Research and Therapy, 37 s53-s77.
  • Teasdale, J.D., Segal, Z.V., Williams, J.M.G, 2003, ‘Mindfulness Training and Problem Formulation’, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 10(2): 157-160.
  • Teasdale, J.D., Segal, Z.V., Williams, J.M.G., 1995, ‘How does cognitive therapy prevent depressive relapse and why should attentional control (mindfulness) training help?’ Behavioral Research and Therapy, 33, 25-39.
  • Teasdale, J., 1999, ‘Metacognition, mindfulness and the modification of mood disorders’, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 6, 146-155.
  • Williams, J.M.G., Teasdale, J.D, Segal, Z.V, Soulsby, J., 2000,‘Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduces Overgeneral Autobiographical Memory in Formerly Depressed Patients’, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 109(1), 150-155.

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