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Centre for Psychological Wellbeing & Neuroscience

We have a strong research and training partnership with City, University of London’s Centre for Psychological Wellbeing and Neuroscience

We have a strong research and training partnership with City, University of London’s Centre for Psychological Wellbeing and Neuroscience, having formally co-established the Centre in 2014. Our close collaboration with City has increased our knowledge base and expertise in Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, validated by academic research demonstrating the efficacy and impact of our interventions. Through this partnership, we undertake a significant programme of academic research and knowledge exchange and offer placement opportunities for postgraduate students in psychology to gain hands on experience in community mental health.

Dr. Paul Flaxman, Co-Director of the Centre for Psychological Wellbeing and Neuroscience at City, University of London says:

“Mind CHWF is one of our primary research impact partners, helping the University to demonstrate world-leading impact for its applied psychological research.  It has been a real pleasure to collaborate with them on innovative research into the salutary effects of Mindfulness-Based Interventions and third wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, namely Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  As a direct result of our partnership, we have been able to offer an evidence-based intervention to over 2,000 working age adults and students in the last 5 years.

Our close collaboration with Mind CHWF has led to multiple achievements in the past few years.  The results of our neuroscience and applied psychological research into Mindfulness-based interventions are currently being prepared for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  We are also co-developing a low-intensity psychological intervention for the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.

In 2014, we jointly launched City’s Centre for Psychological Wellbeing & Neuroscience which aims to undertake intervention research in the areas of workplace wellbeing, mental health, healthy eating, autism, and schizophrenia.  This in turn inspired our new MSc programme in Clinical, Cognitive & Social Neuroscience, where we have formal internship and teaching arrangements with Mind CHWF.  Finally, our shared interest in examining the ‘active ingredients’ of mindfulness-based interventions has led to the establishment of a dedicated Mindfulness Special Interest Group which will host an international Mindfulness research conference in 2019.

Mind CHWF is clearly a dynamic and professional mental health organisation, which touches the lives of thousands of people per year in East London and the City.  I look forward to more fruitful years of partnership and hope that the charity continues to thrive and expand its work in years to come.”