Jacob Piet, PhD, MSc

Éowyn Ahlstrom, BA, LMT, E-RYT500Certified MBSR Teacher, Teacher Trainer

Education

Ph.D. in Psychology, Aarhus University, 2012
M.Sc. in Psychology, Aarhus University, 2009
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, Aarhus University, 2004

Contact

jacobpiet@clin.au.dk                            

Focus & Interests

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • MBSR Teacher Training
  • Intervention integrity in MBSR and MBCT
  • The intersection of science, secular mindfulness, and dharma

Bio

Piet is trained as a clinical psychologist and researcher. He has taught undergraduate and graduate students within the Department of Psychology at Aarhus University on subjects ranging from social, personality, developmental, cognitive, and clinical psychology. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology, and his research has focused on investigating the clinical effects of MBSR and MBCT.

As part of his PhD studies Piet stayed at the Center for Mindfulness, UMMS, as a visiting research scholar and MBSR teacher in training for an extended period of four months in both 2011 and 2013. He was blown away and deeply touched after attending his first 7-day MBSR retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.

He is part of the leadership team at the Danish Center for Mindfulness, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University. He teaches several MBSR courses each year, and he is responsible for the professional training of MBSR teachers at the Danish CFM together with Lone Fjorback. He is supervising MBSR teachers, and he is leading silent retreats based on the practice of mindfulness.

Since 2003, Piet has had a solid daily practice of yoga and meditation. He has attended many retreats, both teacher led silent retreats as well as month long solitary retreats. He lives in an intentional dharma community in Denmark, and studies under the guidance of the Danish dzogchen teacher Jes Bertelsen.

Professional Positions

Psychologist, PhD, Danish Center for Mindfulness, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, 2016 - present

Psychologist, PhD, The Research Clinic for Functional Disorders and Psychosomatics, Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital, 2013-2016

Post-doc scholarship from AUFF, 4 months for transitioning from PhD to post-doc. PhD fellow, Department of Psychology, Aarhus University, 2007-2012

PhD fellow, Department of Psychology, Aarhus University, 2007-2012

Kognitiv Gruppen: A clinic in Aarhus, Denmark, teaching mindfulness-based interventions to a broad range of clients and professionals, 2007-2011, part-time

Research assistant, the Social Phobia Project led by Professor Esben Hougaard, 2006-2007

Instructor, teaching bachelor students at the Department of Psychology, Aarhus University, 2004 – 2007

Key Publications

Piet, J., & Hougaard, E. (2011). The effect of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for prevention of relapse in recurrent major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 1032-1040. Citations: 498

Piet, J., Würtzen, H., & Zachariae, R. (2012). The effect of mindfulness-based therapy on symptoms of anxiety and depression in adult cancer patients and survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 1007-1020. Citations: 174

Piet, J., Hougaard, E., Hecksher, M. S., & Rosenberg, N. K. (2010). A randomized pilot study of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and group cognitive-behavioral therapy for young adults with social phobia. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 51, 403-410. Citations: 113

Van der Velden, A.M., Kuyken, W., Wattar, U., Crane, C:, Pallesen, K.J, Dahlgaard, J., Fjorback, L., & Piet, J., (2015). A Systematic Review of Mechanisms in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in the Treatment of Recurrent Depressive Disorder. Clinical Psychology Review, 37, 26-39. Citations: 72

Hauge, C. R. , Rasmussen, A., Piet, J., Bonde J. P. Jensen, C., Sumbundu, A., & Skovbjerg, S. (2015). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS): Results from a randomized controlled trial with 1-year follow-up. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79, 628-643.

O’Connor, M., Piet, J., & Hougaard, E. (2013). The Effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy on Depressive Symptoms in Elderly Bereaved People with Loss-Related Distress: a Controlled Pilot Study. Mindfulness, 5, 400-409.

Piet, J., Fjorback, L., & Santorelli, S. (2016). What is Required to Teach Mindfulness Effectively in MBSR and MBCT. In: E. Shonin et al. (eds.), Mindfulness and Buddhist-Derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction, Advances in Mental Health and Addiction. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Conference Presentations

2017 Presentation (Danish language), the Danish Stress Treatment Conference. Copenhagen University. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

2015 Presentation (Danish language) at a research conference arranged by the Danish Psychological Association, Copenhagen University. Mindfulness-based clinical intervention: The empirical evidence.

2015 Presentation at the Mindful Brain - in Business, Health Care and Society. Copenhagen, Denmark. The practice of Mindfulness.

2014 Paper presentation at the 12th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers, and Educators: “Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society”, Boston, US. The effect of mindfulness-based therapy for cancer patients: The most recent meta-analysis.

2014 Presentation at the 12th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers, and Educators: “Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society”, Boston, US. Experiences with MBSR at a university hospital: A report from the establishment of an MBSR research clinic and professional training institute.

2014 Presentation at the Mindfulness Conference Copenhagen. Copenhagen, Denmark. Recent research in Mindfulness: National and international findings

2011 Paper presentation at the 41st Congress of European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Reykjavik, Iceland. The effect of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for prevention of relapse in recurrent major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

2011 Paper presentation at the 9th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers, and Educators: “Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society”, Boston, US. The effect of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for prevention of relapse in recurrent major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

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