If you are thinking of contacting us about a PhD project, please read this first. If we are not advertising a PhD opportunity (do check our facebook page) it means that we are unlikely to have the capacity to supervise other PhD students. The PhDs we might possibly consider are those that are very closely aligned with our current research work. Please have a look at our staff profiles and the FAQs here for to check whether your idea matches our current research work before making contact with us. If you are interested in working with the CMRP in a research capacity, please use this form to provide details of your enquiry.
Research queries can be directed to our admim team via- firstname.lastname@example.org, and please note that, while we welcome approaches about potential research collaborations, we are unable to offer a 'research advice' service about individual research projects.
Research at the CMRP
Our CMRP core staff team are very research active and each has their own specialised area of research interest. Have a read of the staff profiles below to see what we are up to…
Dr Rebecca Crane
Throughout the process of developing CMRPs training programmes since 2001 we have faced many interesting and challenging dilemmas and questions around the implementation of mindfulness-based interventions and my research reflects this journey. I led a paper outlining the current training models we use and the theoretical principles underpinning these. Following this I led a paper which looked at competency in related areas and considered how we could look at it from a mindfulness teaching perspective. This led into research with colleagues at Oxford and Exeter universities through which we developed a tool for assessing competence – the Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) - and then conducted research on its reliability and validity. I also wrote a very personal piece on the theme of competence and 'being good'! I have also investigated the process of inquiry using conversation analysis. We discovered that facilitating inquiry is a bit like playing jazz! I have become increasingly interested in the process of implementing mindfulness-based programs. I conducted a preliminary survey based research project on implementation of mindfulness-based programmes, and have then been part of a wider collaboration called the ASPIRE project. You can read the protocol paper here.
My current projects include:
- Aware for Change: Establishing the Roles of Cognitive and Emotional Capacities in Social Change – a KESS European funded Research Masters
- Predictors of Outcomes in MBSR Participants from Teacher Factors (PrOMPT-F). I am a consultant on a National Institutes for Health funded research collaboration led by Dr Jud Brewer at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Prof Rick Hecht at the University of California. This collaboration includes the development of a Special Collection on Intervention Fidelity in Mindfulness-Based Research and Practice published in Global Advances in Health and Medicine
- I am a collaborator on a project led by Dr Clara Strauss at Sussex University - Low-intensity guided help through mindfulness (LIGHTMind) funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
You can see my publications here.
Dr Gemma Griffith
A lot of my work here at the CMRP involves teaching research, so for me, it is so important to keep my own line of research going and having time to work on my research projects in amongst my teaching duties is great. Before I worked with the CMRP, I conducted quite a lot of research on people with autism spectrum disorder and Intellectual disabilities , as well as parenting research, and now focus much of my research effort towards how we might bring mindfulness to these populations. I’ve recently become interested in group processes in MBPs, and have published “The Inside Out Group Model” with colleagues. Trish Bartley and I are currently working on a book on groups in MBPs.
You can see my publications here.