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William Van Gordon, Ph.D.


Dr. William Van Gordon is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology at the University of Derby (UK). In the last 5 years alone, he has published three books and over 100 full-text academic papers on contemplative psychology, including in some of the world’s leading psychology and medical journals. William developed “Meditation Awareness Training,” an evidence-based intervention that uses contemplative psychology principles and techniques as a means of improving health and well-being.

His research has been described as "groundbreaking" by Grazia UK, and during the past 24 months, William's work has been featured by national or major news outlets on more than 140 occasions in 18 different countries, including by the national BBC TV News Channel, BBC East-Midlands Today, BBC Inside Out, ITV, The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, BBC News (Online), 7 News (Australian national TV News), Weekend Sunrise (Australian national TV breakfast show), The Sun, Daily Express, Metro, talkRadio, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Mail Online, and BBC Mundo.

Prior to joining academia, William was a Buddhist monk for ten years and he previously worked in senior management roles for Marconi Plc, PepsiCo International and Aldi Stores Ltd. In the case of the latter position, he had total operational responsibility for a £28 million portfolio of six supermarkets with over 60 employees. William regularly travels all over the world to give keynote speeches, lectures, and workshops on meditation and contemplative psychology.

More information is available on his website ( and he can be followed on Facebook (Dr William Van Gordon) and Twitter (@Van_Gordon_W). He is the author of The Way of the Mindful Warrior: Embrace Authentic Mindfulness for Wellbeing, Wisdom and Awareness (published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

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