Mindfulness in clinical psychology

Is mindfulness for everyone?


Mindfulness practice has gained considerable regard in psychology with different mindfulness techniques designed to help people with anxiety, depression, bipolar etc.  Although the empirical study of mindfulness has increased exponentially in the last decade, more research is needed to establish its efficacy with academic confidence.

This research will focus on the effects of mindfulness on emotional processing including: emotional reactivity emotional regulation; emotional awareness (alexithymia), in both in clinical and non-clinical samples.

For more background information see the suggested readings below.


Some of the proposed questions to address are:

  • how much mindfulness is enough? (Dosage effect)
  • isn’t mindfulness just a complex relaxation technique? (Agent of change)
  • would any mindfulness technique have the same effect? (Type of mindfulness)
  • is mindfulness for everyone? (Dispositional mindfulness)

Suggested readings

Research team leader: Associate Professor Rodrigo Becerra

I am a Clinical Psychologist with interest in emotions and psychopathology. My research focuses on the assessment and therapy for emotional difficulties in a variety of diagnoses (e.g., bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, etc.). Intervention for emotion dysregulation, reactivity, and/or awareness is a growing and promising field within clinical psychology. In our clinic at UWA, we are testing new assessment measures and therapeutic programs aimed at improving regulatory skills. 

How to apply

Interested in becoming part of this project? Complete the following steps to submit your expression of interest:

Step 1 - Check criteria

General UWA PhD entrance requirements can be found on the Future Students website.

Step 2 - Submit enquiry to research team leader

Step 3 - Lodge application

After you have discussed your project with the research team leader, you should be in a position to proceed to the next step of the UWA application process: Lodge an application. Different application procedures apply to domestic and international students.


Domestic students

All domestic students may apply for Research Training Program and University Postgraduate Awards (UPA) scholarships

International students

A range of scholarships are available from international organisations and governments. The full list, organised by country, is available on the Future Students website.

In addition, all international students may apply for International Research Training Program scholarships.

Indigenous students
Indigenous students are encouraged to apply for Indigenous Postgraduate Research Supplementary Scholarships.
Forrest Foundation scholarships
All international and Australian students who wish to study towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at The University of Western Australia may apply for Forrest Scholarships.