Willoughby Britton is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Brown University Medical School.

As a clinician, she has been trained as an instructor in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and has taught mindfulness to both clinical and non-clinical populations, and in federally-funded clinical trials.

As a researcher, she has been studying the effects of contemplative practices on the brain and body for more than a decade, with a special emphases on practice-specific effects, or in other words “Which practices are best or worst suited for which types of people or conditions and why”. For the last 6 years, she has been conducting a study called “The Varieties of Contemplative Experience” which investigates the full range of experiences that can arise as a result of contemplative practice, including experiences that could be considered difficult, challenging or adverse.

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