Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

Dr Paul Atkins

Senior Research Fellow

BA (Hons 1st Class), MCogSc, PhD

Dr Paul Atkins is an endorsed Organisational Psychologist with a PhD in Psychology from Cambridge University. His research focuses upon the impacts of compassion, mindfulness, and values-based living in daily life. He has a particular interest in the effects of mindfulness training and personal awareness upon identity and relationships. Paul has extensive experience teaching and researching mindfulness-based treatments, such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). His work draws primarily upon contextual-behavioural thinking such as Relational Frame Theory, and he is President Elect of the Australia and New Zealand Association for Contextual Behavioural Science — the peak body for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Paul also has a long practical career working as a psychologist in organisations. He has worked with thousands of managers and staff doing training or one-on-one executive coaching, mainly focused on improving well-being, resilience, stress management, conflict management, and teamwork. He is a member of the international design team implementing PROSOCIAL, an approach for enhancing cooperation in teams using principles derived from social psychology, evolutionary theory, and economics. He is also using PROSOCIAL to enhance cooperation and teamwork in school, business and public groups (see

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