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Funded research

There is plenty of research activity in the Sussex Mindfulness Centre, including funded and unfunded studies. Read details of some of our current, funded research studies below.

  • 2017: Clara Strauss (CI), Kate Cavanagh, Fergal Jones, Richard de Visser, Laura Lea, Rebecca Crane, Glenys Parry, Sarah Byford, Michael Barkham, Claire Rosten, Anna-Marie Jones: £350,000 from Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for a randomised controlled trial comparing supported Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy self-help to supported Cognitive Behaviour Therapy self-help for adults experiencing depression.
  • 2017: Clara Strauss (CI), Jenny Gu, Adrian Whittington, Cavita Chapman. Funding from Health Education England Kent Surrey Sussex to evaluate wellbeing interventions (including MBCT) for NHS mental health staff within a randomised controlled trial.
  • 2017: Clara Strauss (CI), Kate Cavanagh: £50,000 from Headspace to evaluate the feasibility of a mindfulness app for people experiencing mild-moderate depression using IAPT services.
  • 2015. Fergal Jones (CI), Ian McLaren: £10,000 British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant for evaluating mindfulness and associated learning.

  • 2014: Clara Strauss & Kate Cavanagh: Award from UK Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) to set up and support a Clinical Research Group in Low-Intensity Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Primary Care and Public Health.

  • 2013: Clara Strauss (CI), Claire Rosten, Laura Lea, Anna-Marie Jones, Mark Hayward & Elizabeth Forester: £100,000 National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) grant for an RCT to evaluate if a mindfulness-based approach enhances outcomes for exposure and response prevention for people diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • 2013: Clara Strauss (CI), Kate Cavanagh & Fergal Jones: £15,000 for a pilot RCT of a self-help mindfulness-based intervention for NHS staff. Funding awarded by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
  • 2013: Clara Strauss (CI), Kate Cavanagh & Fergal Jones: £15,000 for an RCT of a self-help mindfulness-based intervention for depression. Grant awarded by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust own-account competition.
  • 2010: Paul Chadwick (CI), Mark Hayward, Clara Strauss, Laura Dannahy: £180,000 to conduct an RCT of Mindfulness for Voices (M4V) groups. Grant awarded by the National Institute of Health Research Research for Patient Benefit funding stream.
  • 2010: Clara Strauss & Paul Chadwick (CIs) & Mark Hayward: £35,000 to conduct an RCT of a group mindfulness-based therapy for chronic depression. Grant awarded by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust own-account competition