William Van Gordon, PhD, is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology at the University of Derby, UK. In the last 5 years, in addition to three books, he has published 120+ full-text academic papers, including in some of the world’s leading psychology and medical journals. William writes a regular blog on Contemplative Psychology for Psychology Today and sits on the editorial board for the journal Mindfulness. William’s research has been described as “groundbreaking” by Grazia UK, and during the past 24 months, his work or opinion has been featured by national or major news outlets on more than 140 occasions in 18 different countries, including by the national BBC TV News Channel, BBC Inside Out, ITV, The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Sun, Daily Express, Metro, talkRadio, BBC Radio 4, and BBC World Service. Prior to joining academia, William was a Buddhist monk for ten years and previously worked in senior management roles for Marconi Plc, PepsiCo International and Aldi Stores Ltd. In the case of this latter position, he had operational responsibility for a £28 million portfolio of six supermarkets with 60+ employees. William regularly gives keynote speeches, lectures and workshops on contemplative practice.