UNDERSTANDING 2020: Mindfulness for Health and Happiness
You’re invited to join us for this free discussion on the positive effects of the practice of mindfulness and continued advocacy by new and longer term users alike.
Meet our speakers
Dr Nicholas Van Dam, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
Dr. Nicholas Van Dam is a Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Psychology and Deputy Director of the Brain and Mental Health Hub at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Neurobiology from the University of Wisconsin and subsequently an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.
Nicholas did post-doctoral training at New York University, The Nathan Kline Institute, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2017. Nicholas has trained in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and completed his PhD thesis on mindfulness-based treatment for anxiety and depression. His recent works, including his widely-cited paper Mind the Hype, on mindfulness and meditation is internationally recognised for its contributions.
Nicholas is currently conducting research exploring the relationship between types of meditation practice and their potential effects on happiness and well-being.
About the ‘Understanding 2020’ event series:
These fortnightly online events are designed to delve into a range of topics focussed on very current and relevant topics, with evidence based research and leading psychologists driving the thought provoking discussions.
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