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Alison Evans
CMRP Core Training Team


Alison qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1988 and worked within mental health services within the NHS for 17 years. In 2005, she started becoming involved in Mindfulness- based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and was selected to be a therapist on an MBCT trial at Exeter University. Alison was instrumental in the development of a MBCT service in North Devon.

She worked at the Mood Disorders Centre at Exeter University in various roles from 2008 - 2017 including:

• Lead therapist for the PREVENT trial
• MBCT Lead for the NHS funded AccEPT clinic: teaching MBCT, supporting associate teachers and developing the provision
• Programme lead for Mindfulness-based Training Programmes which included: Postgraduate Training in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches from its beginning in 2008, two specific training programmes to train practitioners within IAPT services to deliver MBCT and the development of a Supervised Pathway.
Alison is also a co-director of the Mindfulness Network CIC. Alison has a particular interest in Mindfulness-based Supervision (MBS). She worked closely with Cindy Cooper and Jody Mardula in developing understandings about the nature of MBS and articulating a framework and model for its delivery. Alison and Cindy worked together closely in Cindy’s last working years in developing and delivering MBS supervision training within the CMRP and as co supervision leads within the Mindfulness Network CIC. In 2017, Alison decided to concentrate her work on MBS. She joined the CMRP team to develop and deliver ongoing training for mindfulness-based supervisors. This ties in closely with her work in the Mindfulness Network CIC and her research for her Doctorate in Clinical Research, which focusses on MBS.


Mann, J., Kuyken, W., O’Mahen, H., Ukoumunne, O., Evans, A., & Ford. T. (2016). Manual Development and Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Versus Usual Care for Parents with a History of Depression. Mindfulness 7(5), 1024–1033. DOI 10.1007/s12671-016-0543-7

Kuyken, W., Hayes, R., Barrett, B., Byng, R., Dalgleish, T., Kessler, D., Lewis, G., Watkins, E., Brejcha, C., Cardy, J., et al (2015). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (PREVENT): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 386(9988), 63-73.

Kuyken, W., & Evans, A. (2014). Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression. In R. A. Baer (Ed) Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches: Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications (2nd edition) (pp. 29-60). London: Elsevier.

Evans, A., Crane, R.C., Cooper, L., Mardula, J., Wilks, J., Surawy., Kenny, M., Kuyken, W. (2014). A Framework for Supervision for Mindfulness-Based Teachers: a Space for Embodied Mutual Inquiry. Mindfulness 6(3), 572-581. DOI 10.1007/s12671-014-0292-4

Crane, R. S., Eames, C., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R. P., Williams, J. M. G., Bartley, T., Evans, A., Silverton, S., Soulsby, J. G., & Surawy, C. (2013). Development and validation of the mindfulness-based interventions-teaching assessment criteria (MBI:TAC). Assessment, 20(6), 681-688. DOI: 10.1177/1073191113490790.

Kuyken, W., Byford, S., Byng, R., Dalgleish, T., Lewis, G., Taylor, R., Watkins, E.R, Hayes, R., Lanham, P., Kessler, D., Morant, N., & Evans, A. (2010). Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial comparing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with maintenance anti-depressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse/recurrence: the PREVENT trial. BMC Trials, 11, 99. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-11-99

Kuyken, W., Watkins, E., Holden, E., White, K., Taylor, R.S., Byford, S., Evans, A., Radford, S., Teasdale, J.D., Dalgleish, T., et al