Research Advisory Board

The Breathworks Foundation has an independent advisory board of leading academics working in the field of pain and/or mindfulness research who help guide our programme of research.

Dr Amanda C de C Williams

 Amanda Williams Amanda C de C Williams is an academic psychologist at University College London (UCL), with a clinical session at the Pain Management Centre, National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (UCH). She also works for the International Centre for Health and Human Rights. At UCL she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate psychologists and medical students. She has worked in the pain field for over 25 years, with particular interests in evaluating psychologically-based treatments, including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and national and international guidelines; in expression of pain and its interpretation by clinicians; in pain from torture; and in the use of responsive technology to extend healthcare. She has written over 140 papers and chapters on aspects of pain and psychology, presents at national and international pain meetings, and is on the editorial boards of several major pain journals. (


Professor Lance M McCracken

Lance McCracken

Lance M. McCracken is Professor of Behavioural Medicine at King's College London, in the Health Psychology Section of the Psychology Department. He is also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the Psychology Lead at the INPUT pain management centre at St Thomas' Hospital in London. He has published more than 150 scientific papers and chapters, and two books. He is on the editorial boards for Health Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Pain, and European Journal of Pain, among others. He has also been named a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. His primary research interests are in chronic pain treatment development, behavioral theory, contextual approaches within the cognitive behavioral therapies, interdisciplinary treatment design, and psychological flexibility.




Professor Stephen Morley (Deceased 2017)

Stephen MorleyWe were very sorry to hear of the recent death of one of our advisors, Professor Stephen Morley. Stephen was generous and open-hearted towards the Breathworks Foundation, and gave his time and considerable skills with great care. A lovely obituary by his daughter is here

Stephen Morley was Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Leeds where he was director of the clinical psychology training programme from 1993-2014. He was an Honorary Member of the British Pain Society and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He was both an Associate Editor and Editor of the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, and a Section Editor for the European Journal of Pain. He was on the editorial board of several journals and regularly reviews research manuscripts for the major journals in the fields of pain and health psychology. He graduated from University College, London, and then trained as a clinical psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, where he also completed a PhD in the psychophysiology of migraine headache. After a spell working in the mental health services in Cambridge he moved to the University of Leeds where he held an honorary post in the NHS. He had been involved in research and treatment for pain since the 1980s, and the impact he made in the field was considerable and far-reaching.


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