Staff profile

Dr William Van Gordon


Associate Professor in Contemplative Psychology

Subject

Psychology

Department

University of Derby Online Learning

Email

w.vangordon@derby.ac.uk

About

I am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology at the University of Derby. I sit on the editorial board for various academic journals including Mindfulness, Mindfulness and Compassion, and the Journal of Concurrent Disorders. In the last 5 years, in addition to three books, I have published over 100 full-text academic papers, including in some of the world’s leading psychology and medical journals.

My research has been described as ‘groundbreaking’ by Grazia UK, and during the last 12 months, my work was featured by national or major news outlets on more than 70 separate occasions, including in countries such as the UK (e.g., BBC TV News, ITV News, BBC Radio 4, The Times, The Telegraph, The Sun, Express, Metro, talkRadio, Capital FM, Heart FM, This is Money, Mail Online), USA (e.g., Yahoo News, BBC World Service, Lion’s Roar, New Thinking Allowed), Thailand (e.g., The Bangkok Post), Nigeria (e.g., Online Nigeria, Punch), Sri Lanka (e.g., The Island), Japan (e.g., Tocana), Ghana, Spain (BBC Mundo, Yahoo News), Australia, Colombia (Semena), Argentina (La Nacion), and Uruguay (El Observador). 

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

Research interests

My research focusses on providing robust theoretical and empirical foundations to support the effective integration of contemplative practices in applied settings.

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Recent publications

  • Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., & Garcia-Campayo, J. (2018). The Mindful Warrior: The Path to Wellbeing. Wisdom, and Awareness. Spanish: Editorial Kairós; Brazilian Portuguese: Record/Versus Editorial.
  • Shonin, E., & Van Gordon W., & Griffiths, M. D. (Eds). (2015). Mindfulness and Buddhist-derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addictions. Gewerbestrasse (Switzerland): Springer.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., & Singh, N. N. (Eds). (2015). Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness. New York: Springer.
  • Shonin, E., & Van Gordon, W. (2015). Meditation Awareness Training: Participant training guide - Revised. Nottingham: Awake to Wisdom.
  • Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Dunn, T., Sapthiang, S., Kotera, Y., Sheffield, D., & Garcia-Campayo, J. (2019). Exploring emptiness and its effects on non-attachment, mystical experiences, and psycho-spiritual wellbeing: A quantitative and qualitative study of advanced meditators. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, DOI: 10.1016/j.explore.2018.12.003.
  • Campos, D., Modrego, M., López-del-Hoyo, Y, Gonzalez Panzano, M., Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., & Garcia-Campayo, J. (2019). Exploring the role of meditation and dispositional mindfulness on social cognition domains: A controlled study. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 809. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00809 
  • Kotera, Y., & Van Gordon, W. (2019). Japanese managers experiences of neuro-linguistic programming certification training: A qualitative investigation. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education, and Practice, Advance Online Publication, DOI 10.1108/JMHTEP-06-2018-0033
  • López-González, L., Herrero-Fernández, D., Amutio, A., Santamaría, T., & Van Gordon, W. (2019). Validation of a scale for assessing social validity in mindfulness-based education programs. Mindfulness, Advanced Online Edition, 10.1007/s12671-019-01138-2
  • Sapthiang, S., Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., & Griffiths, M. D. (2019). Adolescent problem gambling requires population-level public health interventions. Addiction Research and Theory, Advance Online Edition, DOI: 10.1080/16066359.2019.1590559.
  • Van Gordon, W., Sapthiang, S., Shonin, E., & Griffiths, M. D. (2019). Mindfulness for addressing key public health concerns in young people: Preventative applications and safety concerns. Education and Health, 37, 9-14.
  • Sapthiang, S., Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., & Griffiths, M. D. (2019). The mental health needs of child and adolescent refugee and asylum seekers entering Europe. Social Health and Behavior, 2, 13-16..
  • Kotera, Y., Conway, E., & Van Gordon, W. (2018). Ethical judgement in UK business students: Relationship with motivation, self-compassion and mental health. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Advance Online Publication. Doi: 10.1007/s11469-018-0034-2.
  • Ekici, C., Garip, G., & Van Gordon, W. (2018). The lived experiences of experienced Vipassana Mahasi meditators: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Mindfulness, Advance Online Publication. Doi: 10.1007/s12671-018-1063-4.
  • Kotera, Y., Sheffield, D., & Van Gordon, W. (2019). Organisational applications of neuro-linguistic programming: A systematic review. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 30, 101-116.
  • Sapthiang, S., Van Gordon, W., & Shonin, E. (2018). Mindfulness in schools: A health promotion approach to improving adolescent mental health. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Advance Online Publication. Doi: 10.1007/s11469-018-0001-y
  • Kotera, Y., Conway, E., & Van Gordon, W. (2019). Mental health of UK university business students: Relationship with shame, motivation and self-compassion. Journal of Education for Business, 94, 11-20.
  • Navarro-Gil, M., Lopez-del-Hoyo, Y., Modrego-Alarcón, M., Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Montero-Marin, J., & Garcia-Campayo, J. (2018). Effects of attachment-based compassion therapy (ABCT) on self-compassion and attachment style in healthy people. Mindfulness, Advance Online Publication. Doi: 10.1007/s12671-018-0896-1.
  • Kotera, Y., Adhikari, P., & Van Gordon, W. (2018). Motivation types and mental health of UK hospitality workers. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 16, 751-763. 
  • Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Diouri, S., Garcia-Campayo, J., Kotera, Y., & Griffiths, M. D. (2018). Ontological Addiction Theory: Attachment to Me, Mine, and I. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7, 1-5. Doi: 10.1556/2006.7.2018.45.
  • Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Dunn, T., Sheffield, D., Garcia-Campayo, J., & Griffiths, M. D. (2018). Meditation-induced near-death experiences: A three-year prospective study. Mindfulness, 9, 1794–1806.
  • Van Gordon, W. (2018). Application of mindfulness for work-related stress. Positive Health, 248, 9-10.
  • Van Gordon, W. (2018). The top ten mistakes made by meditation practitioners. Positive Health, 245, 7-8.
  • Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Griffiths, M. D. (2016). The four types of psychologist: Ineffective, satisfactory, gifted, and gone beyond. PsychCentral. Available at: http://pro.psychcentral.com/the-four-types-of-psychologist-ineffective-satisfactory-gifted-and-gone-beyond/0016491.html.
  • Cavalli, G., Van Gordon, W., & Shonin, E. (2016). Imparare fin da piccoli la mindfulness. Educare03, 3, 6-8.
  • Van Gordon, W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2015). For the mindful teaching of mindfulness. The Psychologist, 28, 514-515.
  • Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., & Griffiths, M. D. (2015). The self and the non-self: Applications of Buddhist philosophy in psychotherapy. RaIIS-IT, 12, 10-11.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2015). Mindfulness in psychology: A breath of fresh air? The Psychologist, 28, 28-31.
  • Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Skelton, K., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Working mindfully: Can mindfulness improve work-related wellbeing and work effectiveness? Counselling at Work (A Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), Winter Issue, 14-19.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Just what the doctor ordered! Mindfulness meditation as medication. Awakenings Middle East, September/November, 10-13.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Changing Paradigms: Buddhist Insight in Western Psychological Treatments. PsyPAG, 92, 35-39.
  • Shonin, E., & Van Gordon, W. (2014). Dream or reality? Philosophy Now, 104, 54.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Practical tips for teaching mindfulness to school-aged children. Education and Health, 32, 30-33.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Loving-kindness and compassion meditation in psychotherapy. Thresholds: Quarterly Journal of the Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling (A Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), Spring Issue, 9-12.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Mindfulness meditation in American correctional facilities: A ‘what-works’ approach to reducing reoffending. Corrections Today: Journal of the American Correctional Association, March/April, 48-51.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). The top ten mistakes made by Buddhist meditation practitioners. The Buddhist Voice, 1(5), 22-24.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Understanding and practicing mindfulness. RaISS-IT, 10, 14-16.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of co-occurring schizophrenia with pathological gambling: Insights from a case study. Responsible Gambling Digest, 12/13, p. 26.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2013). Meditation for the treatment of addictive behaviours: Sending out an SOS. Addiction Today, March, 18-19.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2013). Mindfulness-based therapy: A tool for Spiritual Growth? Thresholds: Quarterly Journal of the Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling (Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), Summer Issue, 14-18.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W. & Griffiths, M. D. (2013). Mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of problem gambling. Journal of the National Council on Problem Gambling, 16, 17-18
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2012). The health benefits of mindfulness-based interventions for children and adolescents. Education and Health, 30, 94-97.
  • Kotera, Y., & Van Gordon, W. (2019). How managers use NLP in their daily work. In: C. Machado & J. P. Davim (Eds). Emotional Intelligence and Neuro-Linguistic Programming: New Insights for Managers and Engineers (pp. 53-72). Boca Raton (Florida): CRC Press (Taylor and Francis Group)
  • Van Gordon, W., & Shonin, E. (2018). Foreword in: Garcia-Campayo, J., & Marcelo, D. (2018). What Do We Know About Mindfulness? 100 Key Questions. Barcelona: Editorial Kairos.
  • Shonin, E., & Van Gordon, W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2016). Mindfulness and wellbeing: Towards a unified operational approach. In: I. Ivtzan, & T. Lomas (Eds). Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Science of Meditation and Wellbeing (pp. 280-292). Oxford: Routledge.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., & Singh, N. N. (2015). Mindfulness and Buddhist Practice. In: E. Shonin, W. Van Gordon, & N. N. Singh (Eds). Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness (pp. 1-6). New York: Springer.
  • Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Griffiths, M. D., & Singh, N. N. (2015). Mindfulness and the Four Noble Truths. In: E. Shonin, W. Van Gordon, & N. N. Singh (Eds). Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness (pp. 9-27). New York: Springer.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., Singh, N. N., & Griffiths, M. D. (2015). Mindfulness of Emptiness and the Emptiness of Mindfulness. In: E. Shonin, W. Van Gordon, & N. N. Singh (Eds). Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness (pp. 159-178). New York: Springer.
  • Langer, A. I., Carmona-Torres, J. A., Van Gordon, W., & Shonin, E. (2015). Mindfulness for the treatment of psychosis: State of the art and future developments. In: E. Shonin, W. Van Gordon, & M. D. Griffiths (Eds). Mindfulness and Buddhist-derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction (pp. 211-244). Gewerbestrasse (Switzerland): Springer.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., & Griffiths, M. D. (2015). Mindfulness and Buddhist-derived treatment techniques in mental health and addiction. In: E. Shonin, W. Van Gordon, & M. D. Griffiths (Eds). Mindfulness and Buddhist-derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction (pp. 1-8). Gewerbestrasse (Switzerland): Springer.
  • Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., Dunn, T., Singh, N. N., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014). Study summary - Meditation Awareness Training (MAT) for work-related wellbeing and job performance: A randomized controlled trial. In J. Näsström (Ed.), Focused, Calm and Effective: Effects of Mindfulness in the Workplace (pp.22-25). Stockholm: Potential Project Sverige AB. (ISBN 9781508855644).
  • Van Gordon, W., & Shonin, E. (2018, December 9th). An introduction to Meditation Awareness Training. Invited workshop at The Symposium on Buddhist Counselling, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Van Gordon, W. (2018, December 8th). The applications of Buddhist emptiness principles in psychotherapeutic settings. Invited talk at The Symposium on Buddhist Counselling, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Van Gordon, W., & Shonin, E. (2018, September 11th). Mindfulness for the treatment of problem gambling. Invited workshop at 12th European Conference on Gambling and Policy Issues, Malta.
  • Van Gordon, W., & Shonin, E. (2018, June 23rd). Ontological addiction theory. Invited speaker at open round table discussion at: 5th International Meeting on Mindfulness, Zaragoza, Spain.
  • Van Gordon, W., & Shonin, E. (2018, June 22nd). Mindfulness and emptiness. Keynote speech at: 5th International Meeting on Mindfulness, Zaragoza, Spain.
  • Amutio, A., Pizarro, J. J., Telletxea, S., Harizmendi, M., Basabe, N., & Van Gordon, W. (2018, June 22nd). Development of the compassion for others scale: Effects of participating in a mindfulness collective ritual. 5th International Meeting on Mindfulness, Zaragoza, Spain.
  • Van Gordon, W., & Shonin, E. (2018, June 21st). using second-generation mindfulness-based interventions in treatment contexts. Invited workshop at V International Meeting on Mindfulness, Zaragoza, Spain.
  • Van Gordon, W. (2018, May 4th). Abridged Meditation Awareness Training for driver safety and awareness. Invited workshop to Nottingham Trent University, UK.
  • Van Gordon, W. (2018, Jan 19th). The role of meditation in cultivating a healthy body and healthy mind. Invited paper to: Awake to Wisdom Wellbeing through Meditation Symposium, Italy.
  • Kotera, Y., Adhikari, P. & Van Gordon, W. (2017, December 2-3rd). Relationship between types of work motivation and worker profile in UK hospitality workers. Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Sciences, Humanities and Technology 2017. Kelantan, Malaysia: Global Academic Excellence.