Thorsten Barnhofer


Thorsten Barnhofer is Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter (UK), where he conducts research into the use of mindfulness-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. Thorsten is also a German Research Foundation Heisenberg-Fellow currently working at the Charité Clinic and the Freie Universität in Berlin. He is also an associate teacher at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, as well as an enthusiastic about practicing and teaching meditation.

He has a particular interest in the mechanisms by which mindfulness meditation benefits psychological and neural functioning, and his recent work in this area has been supported by a Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation. Previously, he worked in Professor Williams’s group at the Oxford Department of Psychiatry, where he was involved in research on MBCT for suicidal and chronic depression. A cognitive-behavioral therapist and yoga teacher, Thorsten regularly teaches MBCT training workshops and retreats for mental health professionals.

Thorsten is the author (with Mark Williams) of the book: “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with People at Risk of Suicide” (Guilford Press).


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