Research Publications

Browse scholarly works by academic staff and research affiliates of the Contemplative Studies Centre.


Cvetkovich, A., Dragojlovic, A., & Quinan, C. (2023). An Archive of Feelings @ 20: An interview with Ann Cvetkovich. Memory Studies16(1), 140–145. DOI:

Davies, J. N., Colagiuri, B., Sharpe, L. & Day, M. A. (2023). Placebo effects contribute to brief online mindfulness interventions for chronic pain: Results from an online randomized sham-controlled trial. Pain, 164(10), 2273–2284. DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002928.

Day, M.A., Matthews, N., Davies, J., Walker, C., Bray, N., Kim, J. & Jensen, M.P. (2023). Outcome expectancies, effects, and mechanisms of brief training in mindfulness meditation vs. loving-kindness meditation vs a control condition for pain management: A randomized pilot study. Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, 9 Jan, 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/15360288.2022.2141944.

Dragojlovic, A. (2023). Affective silences: Violence, heteropatriarchy, intergenerationality. American Anthropologist, 00, 1–4.

Dragojlovic, A. & Broom, A. (2023). Bodies and suffering: Emotions and relations of care. Routledge. (Original work published 2017).

Dragojlovic, A., & Quinan, C. (2023). Queering and decolonising the museum: ‘In the Presence of Absence’ exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum. Memory Studies16(1), 161–165. DOI:

Dragojlovic, A., & Quinan, C. (2023). Queering memory: Toward re-membering otherwise. Memory Studies16(1), 3–11. DOI:

Dragojlovic, A. & Samuels, A. (2023). Introduction: Silent reverberations: Potentialities of attuned listening.” American Anthropologist, 00, 1–4.

Galante, J., Friedrich, C., Collaboration of Mindfulness Trials (CoMinT), Dalgleish, T., Jones, P. B. & White, I. R. (2023). Systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials assessing mindfulness-based programs for mental health promotion. Nature Mental Health, 1, 462–476. DOI:

Galante, J., Grabovac, A., Wright, M., Ingram, D. M., Van Dam, N. T., Sanguinetti, J. L., Sparby, T., van Lutterveld, R. & Sacchet, M. D. (2023). A framework for the empirical investigation of mindfulness meditative development. Mindfulness. DOI:

Ganesan, S., Moffat, B., Van Dam, N. T., Lorenzetti, V. & Zalesky, A. (2023). Meditation attenuates Default-mode activity: a pilot study using ultra-high field 7 Tesla MRI. Brain Research Bulletin.

McCaw, C. T. (2023). Contemplative practices and teacher professional becoming. Educational Review. DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2023.2215467

Sarfraz, A., Siddiqui, S., Galante, J. & Sikander, S. (2023). Feasibility and acceptability of an online mindfulness-based intervention for stress reduction and psychological wellbeing of university students in Pakistan: A pilot randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(8), 5512. DOI:

Woods, T.J., Windt, J.M., Brown, L., Carter, O. & Van Dam, N. T. (2023). Subjective experiences of committed meditators across practices aiming for contentless states. Mindfulness.


Bowles, N.I., Davies, J.N. & Van Dam, N.T. (2022). Dose–response relationship of reported lifetime meditation practice with mental health and wellbeing: A cross-sectional study. Mindfulness, 13, 2529–2546. DOI:

Galante, J., Friedrich, C., Dalgleish, T., White, I.R., Jones, P.B. (2022). Mindfulness-based programmes for mental health promotion in adults in non-clinical settings: protocol of an individual participant data meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ Open, 12, 58976. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058976.

Ganesan, S., Beyer, E., Moffat, B., Van Dam, N.T., Lorenzetti, V. & Zalesky, A. (2022). Focused attention meditation in healthy adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of cross-sectional functional MRI studies. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 141(104846). DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2022.104846.

McCaw, C.T., Gerrard, J. (2022). Post-secular affective labours of teaching: contemplative practices and the ‘belaboured self’. Critical Studies in Education. DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2022.2043404.

McCaw, C.T. & Quay, J. (2022). Meditative inquiry in dialogue with Heideggerian, Deweyan, and Buddhist praxis. In A. Kumar (Ed.), Engaging with meditative inquiry in teaching, learning, and research: Realizing transformative potentials in diverse contexts (pp. 139-153). Routledge.

Powers, J. (2022). Can ultimate reality change? The Three Natures/Three Characters Doctrine in Indian Yogācāra literature and contemporary scholarship. SOPHIA. DOI:

Sexton, E.T.S., Sheehan, J., Van Dam, N.T., Grobler, A., Phillips, L., Yaari, M., Hiscock, H. (2022). Feasibility of the Early Minds Program by Smiling Mind: A pilot cluster-randomized-controlled trial. Mindfulness, 13, 409-429. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-021-01804-4.

Vainre, M., Galante, J., Watson, P., Dalgleish, T., Hitchcock, C. (2022). Protocol for the Work Engagement and Well-being Study (SWELL): A randomised controlled feasibility trial evaluating the effects of mindfulness versus light physical exercise at work. BMJ Open, 12, e050951. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050951.


Brown, L., Rando, A.A., Eichel, K., Van Dam, N.T., Celano, C.M., Huffman, J.C., Morris, M.E. (2021). The effects of mindfulness and meditation on vagally mediated heart rate variability: A meta-analysis. Psychosomatic Medicine, 83(6), 631-640. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000900.

Davies, J.N., Sharpe, L., Day, M.A., Colagiuri, B. (2021). Mindfulness-based analgesia or placebo effect? The development and evaluation of a sham mindfulness intervention for acute experimental pain. Psychosomatic Medicine, 83(6), 557-565. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000886.

Dragojlovic, A. (2021). Practising affect for haunted speakability: Triggering trauma through an interactive art project. History and Anthropology, 32(4), 426-441. DOI: 10.1080/02757206.2021.1901287.

Dragojlovic, A., Samuels, A. (2021). Tracing silences: Towards an anthropology of the unspoken and unspeakable. History and Anthropology, 32(4), 417-425. DOI: 10.1080/02757206.2021.1954634.

Galante, J., Friedrich, C., Dawson, A.F., Modrego-Alarcón, M., Gebbing, P., Delgado-Suárez, I., Gupta, R., Dean, L., Dalgleish, T., White, I.R., Jones, P.B. (2021). Mindfulness-based programmes for mental health promotion in adults in nonclinical settings: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. PLoS Medicine, 18, e1003481. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003481.

Galante, J., Stochl, J., Dufour, G., Vainre, M., Wagner, A.P., Jones, P.B. (2021). Effectiveness of providing university students with a mindfulness-based intervention to increase resilience to stress: 1-year follow-up of a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 75(2), 151-160. DOI: 10.1136/jech-2020-214390.

McCaw, C.T. (2021). Liminality and the beginning teacher: Strangers, frauds and dancing in the disequilibrium. Cambridge Journal of Education, 51(3), 395-409. DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2020.1844150.

Padmanabham, S.S., Bilgrami, Z.R., Eisenlohr-Moul, T., Van Dam, N.T. (2021). Refinement and validation of the Balanced Inventory of Mindfulness-Related Skills (BIMS). Mindfulness, 12, 1208–1223. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-020-01590-5.

Powers, J. (2021). The disputed middle ground: Tibetan Mādhyamikas on how to interpret Nāgārjuna and Candrakīrti. Religions12(11), 991. DOI:

Williams, C.Y.K., Townson, A.T., Kapur, M., Ferreira, A.F., Nunn, R., Galante, J., Phillips, V., Gentry, S., Usher-Smith, J.A. (2021). Interventions to reduce social isolation and loneliness during COVID-19 physical distancing measures: A rapid systematic review. PLoS ONE, 16, e0247139. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247139.


Bóo, S.J.M., Childs-Fegredo, J., Cooney, S., Datta, B., Dufour, G., Jones, P.B., Galante, J. (2020). A follow-up study to a randomised control trial to investigate the perceived impact of mindfulness on academic performance in university students. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 20(2), 286-301. DOI: 10.1002/capr.12282.

Dawson, A.F., Brown, W.W., Anderson, J., Datta, B., Donald, J.N., Hong, K., Allan, S., Mole, T.B., Jones, P.B., Galante, J. (2020). Mindfulness-based interventions for university students: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 12(2), 384-410. DOI: 10.1111/aphw.12188.

Joyce, C. (2020). Responses to apocalypse: Early christianity and extinction rebellion. Religions, 11(8), 384. DOI: 10.3390/rel11080384.

Lo Moro, G., Soneson, E., Jones, P.B., Galante, J. (2020). Establishing a theory-based multi-level approach for primary prevention of mental disorders in young people. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(24), 9445. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17249445.

McCaw, C.T. (2020). Mindfulness ‘thick’ and ‘thin’— a critical review of the uses of mindfulness in education. Oxford Review of Education, 46(2), 257-278. DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2019.1667759.

Payne, J.R., Baell, O., Geddes, H., Fitzgibbon, B., Emonson, M., Hill, A.T., Van Dam, N.T., Humble, G., Fitzgerald, P.B., Bailey, N.W. (2020). Experienced meditators exhibit no differences to demographically matched controls in theta phase synchronization, P200, or P300 during an auditory oddball task. Mindfulness, 11, 643–659. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-019-01287-4.

Shires, A., Sharpe, L., Davies, J.N., Newton-John, T.R.O. (2020). The efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions in acute pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain, 161(8):1698-1707. DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001877.

Turner, L., Galante, J., Vainre, M., Stochl, J., Dufour, G., Jones, P.B. (2020). Immune dysregulation among students exposed to exam stress and its mitigation by mindfulness training: findings from an exploratory randomised trial. Scientific Reports, 10(5812). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-62274-7.

Van Dam, N.T., Galante, J. (2020). Underestimating harm in mindfulness-based stress reduction. Psychological Medicine, 1-3. DOI: 10.1017/S003329172000447X.

Van Dam, N.T., van Vugt, M., Vago, D.R., Schmalzl, L., Saron, C.D., Olendzki, A., Meissner, T., Lazar, S.W., Gorchov, J., Fox, K.C.R., Field, B.A., Britton, W., Brefczynski-Lewis, J., Meyer, D.E. (2020). Letter to the Editor: Miscommunicating mindfulness. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 15(5), 1289-1290. DOI: 10.1177/1745691620924057.

Wang, M.Y., Freedman, G., Raj, K., Fitzgibbon, B.M., Sullivan, C., Tan, W.-L., Van Dam, N., Fitzgerald, P.B., Bailey, N.W. (2020). Mindfulness meditation alters neural activity underpinning working memory during tactile distraction. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 20, 1216–1233. DOI: 10.3758/s13415-020-00828-y.