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Zindel Segal, PhD

Zindel Segal, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto – Scarborough and a Senior Scientist in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His program of research has helped to characterize psychological markers of relapse vulnerability in affective disorder, especially the link between affective and self-devaluation components of dysphoria. This work has in turn provided an empirical rationale for offering training in mindfulness meditation to recurrently depressed patients in recovery and the development of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. His currently funded research studies the effectiveness of delivering MBCT online for reducing residual depressive symptoms (NIMH) and neural markers of mindfulness practice and relapse risk in mood disorders (CIHR). He and his colleagues have developed accessible patient resources including the books -The Mindful Way Through Depression and the Mindful Way Workbook, along with online training tools for therapists interested in learning MBCT https://www.mindfulnoggin.com/

Recent Publications:

Dimidjian, S., & Segal, Z. (2015). Prospects for a clinical science of mindfulness-based intervention. American Psychologist, 593-620

Farb, N., Irving, J., Anderson, A., & Segal, Z. (2015). A two-factor model of relapse/recurrence vulnerability in unipolar depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124(1), 38-53.

 


leanh-dinh-williamsLê-Anh Dinh-Williams, PhD3

Lê-Anh received her BSc from McGill University, MSc from University of Montreal and is currently a MA/PhD student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto (Scarborough). Her research focuses on reward
processes in the brain and how interventions designed to promote wellbeing alter this circuitry using fMRI. She is interested in understanding how to promote hedonic and eudaimonic affect in individuals vulnerable to chronically low mood.  Her hobbies include travelling, yoga, dancing, Scandinavian movies/books/politics, jewelry making, and mastering the art of soup.

Contact Email: leanh.dinh.williams@mail.utoronto.ca

 


Philip Desormeau, PhD3

Phil received his BA in Psychology from Concordia University, and is currently completing his PhD studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto. His research interests include examining the context-mechanism-outcome patterns of mindfulness-based interventions, as well as the influence of regulatory beliefs and motives on emotion regulation capacities. Clinically, he has experience conducting comprehensive psychodiagnostic assessments and delivering cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions (e.g., ERP, ACT) for depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, interpersonal issues, and chronic health conditions. Beyond research and clinical work, his hobbies include meditation, traveling, and fiction writing.

Contact Email: p.desormeau@mail.utoronto.ca

 


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Amanda Ferguson, PhD2

Amanda Ferguson is interested in mindfulness, and the ways in which mindfulness-based therapies can influence emotion regulation and self-control. She’s especially curious about the practice of acceptance – what makes an individual more or less likely to accept a state of negative emotion? Which mechanisms are involved, and how are they activated during mindfulness-based practices? Amanda is excited to study these questions throughout her graduate career.

 

 

Contact E-mail: am.ferguson@mail.utoronto.ca

Recent Publications:

Segal, Z. V. and Ferguson, A. M. (in press). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Points of intersection with Cognitive Therapy. R. Modern Cognitive Therapy. New York: Guilford Press.

Ferguson, A. M., McLean, D., & Risko, E. F. (2015). Answers at your fingertips: Access to the Internet influences willingness to answer questions. Consciousness and Cognition37, 91-102.

 


img_3013_websiteKathleen Walsh, PhD2

Katie received her BA with honours at York University and is currently an MA/PhD student in the Psychological Clinical Science program at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include the biological basis of depression and anxiety in relation to functional connectivity of brain networks. She is interested in understanding how differences in functional connectivity may be related to these disorders and how interventions, such as mindfulness based cognitive therapy, can produce positive change by targeting these differences in functional connectivity. Her hobbies include online gaming, Netflix, spending time with her dog, any kind of sport, and trying everything crafty.

Contact E-mail: k.walsh@mail.utoronto.ca

Recent Publications:

Segal, Z. V., & Walsh, K. M. (2015). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for residual depressive symptoms and relapse prophylaxis. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 29(1), 7-12. doi:10.1097/YCO.0000000000000216