- Advisory Board -

Professor Stewart Mercer

University of Glasgow

Chair in Primary Care Research

is Professor of Primary Care Research at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing and is national lead for research in problems of multi-morbidity in primary care in Scotland. Stewart has worked as a volunteer doctor with the Tibetan community in Northern India as well as with the aboriginal settlement on Palm Island, Australia.

He is the recipient of a Chief Scientist Office Primary Care Research Award, and a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Stewart’s research interests include consultation quality, health outcomes in different settings, inequalities, multi-morbidity and mental health. He is also a founding trustee of the charity Mindfulness Scotland.

Dr. Alistair Wilson

Gartnavel Royal Hospital

Consultant Psychiatrist

is a consultant psychiatrist with years of experiencing in both the teaching and practice of mindfulness. He is one of the pioneers in delivering Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy in Scotland and has been involved in a number of research projects focused on evaluating the feasibility of mindfulness approaches in a variety of different settings including substance abuse and psychological trauma.

He has worked in community and inpatient settings and has developed innovate models of delivering care through social firms for which he was awarded a National Rethink award for community integration. He is also a founding trustee of Mindfulness Scotland.

Professor Angus Skinner, FRSA

Former Chief Social Work Inspector for Scotland

is the former chief social work inspector for Scotland. During his 15 year tenure he provided advice directly to ministers on social work legislation, policy and practice and was the author of several major service reviews and the creation of national care standards. He has extensive and detailed knowledge of services for children and young people and has worked in child protection and justice.

He has held the position of non-executive director for several charities, and has worked as a consultant in Uganda, Zimbabwe and Jamaica. He has also held the position of visiting professor at Strathclyde University and as an associate consultant with the Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing. awarded a National Rethink award for community integration.

Dr. Helen Minnis

University of Glasgow

Senior Clinical Lecturer

is Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow. She spent time working as an Orphanage Doctor in Guatemala in the early 1990s prior to training in Psychiatry, and this stimulated an interest in the effects of early maltreatment on children’s development. Her research focus has been on Reactive Attachment Disorder: clinical aspects, assessment tools and behavioural genetics.

Helen is currently conducting intervention research for maltreated children including a randomised controlled trial of an infant mental health service for young children in foster care. Furthermore, in the course of her work, Helen has developed a number of active international collaborations particularly with colleagues in the USA and Scandinavia.

Dr. Rebekah Lwin

University of Edinburgh

Programme Director

is an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool and the Programme Director for the MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People at the University of Edinburgh. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester where she teaches a MSc in Psychological Trauma. She has worked in child and adolescent mental health for all her professional career and has specialised in paediatric psychology through her work in Alder Hey and previously Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

She has been practicing mindfulness for 7 years and has recently completed a PGCert in teaching mindfulness at the University of Bangor. Her research interests include child and family resilience and well-being in the context of chronic health conditions, acute physical trauma and medical interventions, vicarious trauma and resilience, and mindfulness and compassion based interventions for children and families. She is involved in a number of funded research projects in the areas of diabetes, health transition and family trauma, and also an EU collaboration exploring resilient communities.

Dr. Thomas Hacker

University of Edinburgh

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and works as a Clinical Psychologist in Fife. After studying Psychology in Germany, he completed his postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology in Glasgow.

His research interests include psychotherapy and mental health and wellbeing and the development of mindfulness measures for children and adolescents. He is particularly interested in the application of 3rd wave therapy approaches including Mindfulness based treatment interventions and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.