Current Leaders

Prof.Paul Gilbert OBE Dr. Russell Kolts Maureen Cooper
Dr. Ken Goss Dr Angela Kennedy

Prof Paul Gilbert OBE is head of the Mental Health Research Unit, and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby, where he developed Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). He has a BA in Economics (1973), a Diploma in Clinical Psychology (from the BPS), and an MA in Experimental Psychology (1975), and a PhD in Clinical Psychology (Edinburgh, 1980). He was made a fellow of the British Psychological Society for contributions to psychological knowledge in 1993, and was president of the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2003. He served on the government depression NICE guideline committee. 

Prof Paul Gilbert has published and edited 21 books, including the best selling Overcoming Depression, and The Compassionate Mind. He is the series editor for the 'compassionate approaches to life difficulties' series, published by Constable Robinson. He was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his contributions to mental healthcare.

Dr Russell Kolts is a clinical psychologist and professor at Eastern Washington University near Spokane, WA, USA. He is the author ofThe Compassionate Mind Approach to Managing Your Anger, and the forthcoming Living with an Open Heart: Cultivating Compassion in Everyday Life (with Thubten Chodron). Dr. Kolts is the founder and director of the Inland Northwest Compassionate Mind Center, and developed the True Strength anger management group therapy program based on Compassion-Focused Therapy that is currently at use in a prison setting. He is proud to be a member of the international CFT community.
Maureen Cooper is the author of The Compassionate Mind Approach to Reducing Stress, which was published by Constable Robinson and is part of the 'Compassionate Approaches to Life Difficulties' series edited by Prof Paul Gilbert. She combines more than thirty years of experience as a professional educator and senior manager in a non-profit organization with a hands-on education in Buddhism. In 2004 Maureen founded Awareness in Action, a consultancy dedicated to the secular application of mindfulness, meditation and compassion in the workplace.

Dr Dennis Tirch recieved his PhD from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and  is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused CBT in New York. He currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College.  His post-doctoral residency took place at the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Bedford, MA., where he served as the Assistant Director of the Bedford CBT Center and developed the “Continual Awareness” mindfulness-meditation based group therapy for trauma survivors. 

He is the author of The Compassionate Mind Guide To Overcoming Anxiety:  Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Overcome Worry, Panic and Fear and the co-author of Emotion Regulation: A Practitioner’s Guide (with Dr. Robert Leahy and Dr. Lisa Napolitano), and Mindfulness in Clinical Practice (with Dr. Richard Sears and Dr. Brian Denton). His next book (with Benjamin Shoendorff and Laura Silberstein) ACT Practitioner's Guide to the Science of Compassion: Tools for Fostering Psychological Flexibility, will be released in January 2015.
Dr Ken Goss is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Coventry Eating Disorders Service in the UK.  He has over 20 years experience of working with people with eating difficulties.  Dr Goss is a regular speaker at National and International conferences, and teaches on several Clinical Psychology Training Courses.