Rebecca Crane

In addition to my role as a co-director of the Mindfulness Network, I direct the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, School of Psychology, Bangor University, where I played a leading role in developing its training and research programme since it was founded in 2001. I teach and train internationally in both Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I was an MBCT teacher on the research trial led by Professor Mark Williams on the effectiveness of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for people with recurrent depression and suicidality. I am also an Occupational Therapist and an integrative counsellor, and previously worked within NHS mental health services for 15 years.


  • Principle Fellow with the Higher Education Academy
  • PhD, Bangor University
  • MA, University of Wales, Bangor
  • PG Diploma in Counselling, University of Wales, Bangor
  • Diploma in Occupational Therapy, University of Wales, Bangor
  • Certified MBSR teacher with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Teaching-Training Specialisms

  • MBCT in clinical and research settings particularly for adults with a history of depression
  • MBSR for general populations

Retreat Lead Experience

I have been holding residential mindfulness training events offered within the context of a retreat for many years. I am becoming increasingly interested in deepening into the retreat aspect of this work. To this end, I have been training with the Bodhi Institute to deepen my engagement with the teachings underpinning mindfulness. Over the next few years, I will continue this engagement by participating in a retreat leader training programme, and by apprenticing myself to more experienced retreat leaders.

Personal Practice

My engagement with mindfulness practice began in my teenage years, and was supported by periods of time spent in practice contexts in India and Thailand in my early twenties. I was fortunate to be working in North Wales as an Occupational Therapist and Counsellor during the 1990’s when Mark Williams was beginning his research work on MBCT. I joined with this development and through this developed a renewed sense of mindfulness practice as a more integrated part of my life.

Over the years I have studied with many teachers within the Western Vipassana and Zen traditions. I am particularly interested in engaging with teachers who bridge between traditional Buddhist and mainstream mindfulness contexts.

Research Activities and Interests

My research focuses on the practical work of implementing mindfulness-based programmes in mainstream contexts. This includes questions related to what supports teachers to develop competence, what does competence in the context of mindfulness teaching look like, and which elements of teacher skill make the most difference to participant outcomes.


Please visit to see my full list of publications.

Ruijgrok-Lupton,P.E., Crane, R.S., Dorjee, D. (2017) Impact of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Participant Wellbeing Outcomes and Course Satisfaction, Mindfulness, DOI: 10.1007/s12671-017-0750-x.

Rycroft-Malone J, Gradinger F, Griffiths HO, Crane R, Gibson A, Mercer S, Kuyken, W (2017) Accessibility and implementation in the UK NHS services of an effective depression relapse prevention programme: learning from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy through a mixed-methods study. Health Serv Deliv Res 5 (14) (IF 5.59).

Huijbers, M.J., Crane, R.S., Kuyken, W., Heijke, L., van den Hout, I., Donders, R.T., Speckens. A.E.M., (2017) Teacher Competence in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression and its Relation to Treatment Outcome. Mindfulness, DOI: 10.1007/s12671-016-0672-z (IF3.69).

Crane, R.S., Brewer, J., Feldman, C., Kabat-Zinn, J., Santorelli, S., Williams, J.M.G. and Kuyken, W. (2017) What defines mindfulness-based programs? The warp and the weft, Psychological Medicine, 47, 6:990–999. doi: 10.1017/S0033291716003317. (IF6.15).

Crane, R.S. (2017) Implementing Mindfulness in the Mainstream: making the path by walking it, Mindfulness, doi:10.1007/s12671-016-0632-7 (IF3.69).

Griffith, G.M., Jones, R., Hastings, R.P., Crane, R.S., Roberts, J., Williams, J., Bryning, L., Hoare, Z., Edwards, R.T. (2016) A Feasibility Study Using Mindfulness for Anger and Aggressive Behaviour with people with Learning (Intellectual) Disabilities (UMAA-LD): study protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2:58.

Barnhofer,T.,Crane,C.,Brennan,K., Duggan, D.S., Crane, R,S., Eames, C., Radford, S., Silverton, S., Fennell, M.J., Williams,J.M.G, (2015).Mindfulness based cognitive therapy(MBCT) reduces the association between depressive symptoms and suicidal cognitions in patients with a history of suicidal depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 6: 1013-1020.

Eames, C., Crane, R.S., Gold, E. & Pratt, S. (2015). Mindfulness-based wellbeing for socio-economically disadvantaged parents: a pre-post pilot study. Journal of Children’s Services, 10, 1:17-28. DOI: 10.1108/JCS-09-2014-0040.

Crane, C., Crane, R. S., Eames, C., Fennell, M. J., Silverton, S., Williams, J. M. G., & Barnhofer, T. (2014). The effects of amount of home meditation practice in mindfulness based cognitive therapy on hazard of relapse to depression in the staying well after depression trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 63:17-24.

Ietsugu, T., Crane, C., Hackman, A., Brennan, K., Gross, M., Crane, R.S., Silverton, S., Radford, S., Eames, C., Fennell, M.J.V., Williams, J.M.G., Barnhofer, T., (2014) Gradually Getting Better: Trajectories of Change in Rumination and Anxious Worry in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Prevention of Relapse to Recurrent Depression, Mindfulness. 6, 5: 1088–1094, DOI 10.1007/s12671-014-0358-3.

Crane, R.S. (2014) Some Reflections on Being Good, On Not Being Good and On Just Being, Mindfulness. 6, 5: 1226–1231, DOI 10.1007/s12671-014-0350-y.

Crane, R.S., Stanley, S., Rooney, M., Bartley, T., Cooper, C., Mardula, J. (2014). Disciplined Improvisation: characteristics of inquiry in mindfulness-based teaching, Mindfulness. 6, 5: 1104–1114, DOI 10.1007/s12671-014-0361-8.

Rycroft-Malone, J., Anderson, R., Crane, R.S., Gibson, A., Gradinger, F., Owen Griffiths, H., Mercer, S., Kuyken, W. (2014) Accessibility and implementation in UK services of an effective depression relapse prevention programme – mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT): ASPIRE study protocol, Implementation Science 9:62.

Evans, A., Crane, R., Cooper, L., Mardula, J., Wilks, J., Surawy, C., Kenny, M. & Kuyken, W. (2014). A Framework for Supervision for Mindfulness-Based Teachers: a Space for Embodied Mutual Inquiry. Mindfulness, 6, 3: 572–581, DOI 10.1007/s12671-014-0292-4.

Edwards, R. T., Bryning, L. & Crane, R. (2014). Design of economic evaluations of mindfulness-based interventions: ten methodological questions of which to be mindful. Mindfulness. 6, 3: 490–500, doi:10.1007/s12671-014-0282-6.

Williams, J. M. G., Crane, C., Barnhofer, T., Brennan, K., Duggan, D. S., Fennell, M. J. V., Hackmann, A., Krusche, A., Muse, K., Von Rohr, I. R., Shah, D., Crane, R. S., Eames, C., Jones, M., Radford, S., Silverton, S., Sun, Y., Weatherley-Jones, E., Whitaker, C. J., Russell, D., & Russell, I. T. (2013). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Preventing Relapse in Recurrent Depression: A Randomized Dismantling Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.   82, 2: 275–286, doi: 10.1037/a0035036.

Crane, R.S., Eames, C., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R. P., Williams, J.M.G., Bartley, T., Evans, A.,Silverton, S., Soulsby, J.G., Surawy, C. (2013), Development and validation of the Mindfulness-Based Interventions – Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC). Assessment, 20, 6:681–688, doi: 10.1177/1073191113490790.

Crane, R.S.; & Kuyken, W. (2013) The Implementation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Learning From the UK Health Service Experience. Mindfulness. 4,3: 246-254.

Kuyken, W.; Crane, R.S.; & Dalgleish, T. (2012) Does mindfulness based cognitive therapy prevent relapse of depression?. BMJ open. 345:e7194.

Radford, S.R., Crane, R.S., Eames, C., Gold, E. & Owens, G. (2012) The feasibility and effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for mixed diagnosis patients in primary care: a pilot study . Mental Health in Family Medicine. 9,3:191-200.

Williams, J.M.G., Barnhofer, T., Crane, C., Duggan, D.S., Shah, D., Brennan, K., Krusche, A., Crane, R., Eames, C., Jones, M., Radford, S. & Russell, I.T. (2012) Pre-adult onset and patterns of suicidality in patients with a history of recurrent depression. Journal of Affective Disorders. 138,1-2: 173-179.

Crane, R.S., Kuyken, W.J., Williams, M.G., Hastings, R.P., Cooper, L., & Fennell, M.J.V. (2012) Competence in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses: Concepts, Development and Assessment. Mindfulness. 3,1: 76-84.

Crane, R.S., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R.P., Rothwell, N., & Williams, J.M.G. (2010) Training Teachers to Deliver Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Learning from the UK Experience. Mindfulness. 1,2: 74-86.

Williams, J.M.G., Russell, I.T., Crane, C., Russell, D., Whitaker, C.J., Duggan, D.S., Barnhofer, T., Fennell, M.J.V., Crane, R., & Silverton, S. (2010) Staying well after depression: trial design and protocol. BMC Psychiatry. 10, 23.

Crane, R. & Elias, D. (2006) Being with what is – mindfulness practice for counsellors and psychotherapists. Therapy Today. 17,10: 31. 

Books and book chapters

Crane (2017) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features. Second Edition, Routledge.

Williams, J.M.G., Fennell, M.J.V., Barnhofer, T., Crane, R.S., Silverton, S, (2017) Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for people at risk of suicide, Guilford Press.

Crane, R.S., & Reid, B. (2016) Training mindfulness teachers: Principles, practices, and challenges. In McCown, D., Reibel, D. & Micozzi, M. Resources for teaching mindfulness: A cross-cultural and international handbook. New York: Springer.

Williams, J.M.G., Fennell, M.J.V., Barnhofer, T., Crane, R.S., Silverton, S, (2015) Mindfulness and the Transformation of Despair: Working with people at risk of suicide, Guilford Press.

Crane, R., (2012) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in CBT Approaches to Counselling and Psychotherapy (ed Windy Dryden), Sage.

Crane, R. (2009) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features. Routledge.

Further Information

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