University of Surrey
IN COLLABORATION WITH
University of Reading
Mindfulness, cognition, and attitudes towards stressful events.
UoS School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
UoR Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences
Francesco Saldarini, Jayne Morriss, Mark Cropley
Data collection following in-principle approval as a registered report
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Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) are effective in reducing stress, yet little is known about their therapeutic mechanisms. One possibility is that MBIs train cognitive and emotion regulation skills and that the interaction between these enhanced skills drives chronic stress reduction. However, only preliminary evidence supports this model.
This theory-driven intervention study will test the hypothesis that the Be Mindful digital program can enhance cognitive and emotion regulation skills in individuals that report moderate to high levels of stress. Moreover, the study will test whether pre-post intervention stress reductions are moderated by improvements in monitoring and emotion regulation.
University of Warwick
Mindful Together: Be Mindful with peer mentoring for family carers of children and adults with Intellectual Disability
A feasibility randomized control trial (Flynn et al., 2020) was conducted where 60 parent carers of children and adults with learning disability were randomized to complete the Be Mindful digital program with or without additional Peer Mentor support. Findings on feasibility were positive, and carers showed positive change in their wellbeing after completing Be Mindful. The group who received Be Mindful with peer support found their experience of receiving additional telephone support from Peer Mentors to be additionally motivating rather than burdensome.
Working with our partners Contact, Sibs, Family Fund, and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities and funded by the Pears Foundation, the current study aims to expand this work through a larger implementation study. The study will involve 150 parent and sibling carers of children and adults with learning disability who will take part in the Be Mindful program and will also receive telephone support from a Peer Mentor. This study will allow for the evaluation of the scaled-up delivery of the intervention and will deliver direct support to 150 families, providing additional evidence about the effectiveness and roll out of Be Mindful plus peer mentoring for families of individuals with learning disability in the UK.
University of Cambridge
Investigating the link between mindfulness and workplace performance
A feasibility trial was conducted in the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge to measure the effects of mindfulness compared to light physical exercise on well-being and work performance. The study further investigates the cognitive processes (e.g. the ability to maintain attention) that might improve as a result of mindfulness and exercise.
This study makes use of the Be Mindful digital program and aims to evaluate the acceptability, feasibility, and procedural uncertainties of a randomised controlled trial in a workplace, calculate an effect size estimate to inform power calculations for a larger trial, and explore whether improved cognitive control and/or enhanced mental health could be potential mechanisms underlying the effect of mindfulness on work performance.
Could Be Mindful reduce stress for care home staff working with people with dementia?
Alleviating staff stress in care homes for people with dementia: protocol for stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial to evaluate the Be Mindful Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program.
With increasing numbers of people living with dementia in care homes and causing stress in their careers, it is important to evaluate support strategies for staff. Mindfulness-based therapies may be of potential benefit and need detailed examination.
City University of London and NHS Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Further study into the benefits of the Be Mindful program for adults with autism
Since the Pilot study (Gaigg et al., 2020) carried out in 2020, City, University of London and the Adult ADHD and Asperger’s Team at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust are now carrying out a larger scale clinical feasibility control trial study into the effects of self-guided mindfulness and cognitive behavioural practices on anxiety and depression in adults on the autistic spectrum.
University at Buffalo
Analyzing the effect of the Be Mindful program on residual depressive symptoms
The Be Mindful digital program has displayed an ability to reduce depressive symptoms in a community sample, but its effects on confirmed previous depressed individuals and residual symptoms have yet to be evaluated. In addition, the research on Be Mindful mediating factors is extremely limited and has yet to evaluate many variables that have support as possible mechanisms of MBCT change.
This randomised control trial study has been designed to fill these gaps in the relevant literature. This will be the first study evaluating Be Mindful’s impact on confirmed previously depressed individuals, and its ability to reduce residual symptoms of depression. It will also be the first study to assess rumination, decentering, worry, and self-compassion as Be Mindful mediators.
The Ohio State University
Researching if Be Mindful could buffer the occupational stress of social work
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether the Be Mindful program, a web-based mindfulness intervention, is a feasible, acceptable, and potentially effective approach to prevent and/or reduce stress among Children and Families Social Workers (CAFSWs) in England, the United Kingdom.
The proposed study aims to better understand the feasibility of online recruitment of CAFSWs using social media platforms.
We welcome research enquiries
We want our digital programs to continue to be the subject of ground-breaking research studies that further knowledge in the field of digital therapeutics for better mental health and chronic pain management.