Dr Frances Maratos

Frances is an Associate Professor and Reader in Emotion Science. For the past 20 years, her research has centred on understanding psychological, neurological, cognitive and physiological correlates of emotional well-being. In particular, her research has contributed to understanding anxiety and its relationship with eating disorders, understanding processes of threat and self-criticism, and the use of compassion for emotion-regulation across various populations. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers in these specific areas, as well as several book chapters. In recent years, she has become a key individual within the compassion in schools movement, and is currently serving as a consultant on UK ‘Mindfulness Initiative Education Strategy’ policy. In her keynote, Frances will provide an overview of the international Compassion in Schools research programme. This 3 year funded research includes initiating, co-ordinating, progressing and evaluating well-being effects of compassionate mind training with both educators and their pupils.