Karis Vaughan

Research group:
Social & environmental psychology
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2.02, 57 Park Place

Research summary

Mindfulness is defined as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, 1994, p.4). Greater mindfulness is associated with less calorie intake, greater preference for healthy food and greater nutritional knowledge (Jordan, Wang, Donatoni & Meier, 2014; Pidgeon, Lacota & Champion, 2013) and has been linked to a variety of cognitive processes, such as executive control, which have also been implicated in models of obesity (O’Reilly, Cook, Spruijt-Metz & Black, 2014). This evidence would suggest that mindfulness-based techniques may present an effective intervention for weight management.
My work will further investigate the relationships between mindfulness and eating behaviour with the aim of informing the design of an effective mindfulness-based intervention for weight management. Initial work will examine links between mindfulness, nutritional knowledge, food preference, health values and behavioural variables as well as attempting to determine why such relationships exist.

Teaching summary

First year practical tutorials

Full list of publications


Research topics and related papers

Mindfulness, weight management
Jordan, C. H., Wang, W., Donatoni, L., & Meier, B. P. (2014). Mindful eating: Trait and state mindfulness predict healthier eating behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 68, 107-111.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever you go, there you are. New York: Hyperion.

O'Reilly, G., Cook, L., Spruijt‐Metz, D., & Black, D. (2014). Mindfulness‐based interventions for obesity‐related eating behaviours: a literature review. Obesity Reviews, 15(6), 453-461.

Pidgeon, A., Lacota, K., & Champion, J. (2013). The moderating effects of mindfulness on psychological distress and emotional eating behaviour. Australian Psychologist, 48(4), 262-269.

Teper, R., Segal, Z. V., & Inzlicht, M. (2013). Inside the Mindful Mind How Mindfulness Enhances Emotion Regulation Through Improvements in Executive Control. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(6), 449-454.



Research group

Social & environmental psychology

Research collaborators

Geoff Haddock

Undergraduate education

Cardiff University 2009- 2012, BSc Psychology 1st class

Postgraduate education

University of Manchester 2013-2014, MSc Clinical and Health Psychology

Awards/external committees

BPS Welsh Branch Undergraduate Prize