Dr. Zindel V. Segal
Division One: Brain and Therapeutics
Division Two: Psychotherapies, Humanities and Educational Scholarship
University of Toronto - Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, ON M1C 1A4
Dr. Segal has studied and published widely on psychological treatments for depression for more than 25 years, especially the nature of psychological prophylaxis for this recurrent and disabling disorder. His early work helped to characterize psychological markers of relapse vulnerability in affective disorder, especially the link between affective and self-devaluation components of dysphoria. More recently, he and his colleagues have pioneered the combined use of mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy as an effective relapse prevention treatment. Patients who practice mindfulness develop metacognitive awareness of their emotions which, in turn, reduces their reactivity to negative affect. Dr. Segal’s publications include Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, and The Mindful Way Through Depression, a patient guide that outlines this approach.