Zindel V. Segal is a cognitive psychologist, a specialist on depression and one of the founders of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). A professor of psychology at University of Toronto, Segal combines mindfulness with conventional cognitive behavioral therapy, which teaches patients to observe sadness or unhappiness without judgment.
Presently he is the Cameron Wilson Chair in Depression Studies in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is Head of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Clinic of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program in the Clinical Research Department at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
When he first started working on the Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) project, he was studying how depression alters a person's self-image. His research included measuring a depressed patient's self-image by calculating the time it took her to react to positive or negative information about her. David Kupfer, who was head of the Psychobiology of Depression Research Network of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, asked Segal to create a "maintenance" version of cognitive therapy which could be used to fight depression relapse after one had recovered from an acute episode. This need for a new therapy became Zindel Segal's new passion. He is the author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression.
He is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He remains an active participant in convincing people there is a place for mindfulness in psychiatry and psychotherapy.
Zindel Segal is the Cameron Wilson Chair in Depression Studies in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is Head of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Clinic of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program in the Clinical Research Department at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His research has helped to characterize psychological markers of relapse vulnerability to affective disorder. Among the books he has authored are Interpersonal Process in Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Vulnerability to Depression, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A new approach for preventing relapse. Awarded the Douglas Utting Prize for significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of depression and the Hope Award by the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, he continues to advocate for the relevance of mindfulness-based clinical care in psychiatry and mental health.
- The Self in emotional distress: cognitive and psychodynamic perspectives, by Zindel V. Segal, Sidney Jules Blatt. Guilford Press, 1993. ISBN 0-89862-256-5.
- Interpersonal process in cognitive therapy, by Jeremy D. Safran, Zindel V. Segal. Pub. Jason Aronson, 1996. ISBN 1-56821-858-3.
- Depression and the self, by Sidney Jules Blatt, Zindel V. Segal. Wiley, 1997.
- Abnormal Psychology, by Zindel V. Segal, Christopher D. Webster. Canadian Scholars Pr, 1998. ISBN 0-921627-48-3.
- Cognitive vulnerability to depression, by Rick E. Ingram, Jeanne Miranda, Zindel V. Segal. Guilford Press, 1998. ISBN 1-57230-304-2.
- Cognitive-behavioral treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: the brain-gut connection, by Brenda B. Toner, Zindel V. Segal, Shelagh D. Emmott. Guilford Press, 2000. ISBN 1-57230-135-X.
- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression: a new approach to preventing relapse, by Zindel V. Segal, J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale. Guilford Press, 2002. ISBN 1-57230-706-4.
- Peaceful mind: using mindfulness & cognitive behavioral psychology to overcome depression, by John R. McQuaid, Paula E. Carmona, Zindel V. Segal. New Harbinger Publications, 2004. ISBN 1-57224-366-X.
- The mindful way through depression: freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness, by J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn. Guilford Press, 2007. ISBN 1-59385-128-6.
- Zindel Segal Profile Omega Institute
- "Buddha Lessons". Newsweek. September 27, 2004. p. 2.
- "Yoga May Help Treat Depression, Anxiety Disorders". Washington Post. June 7, 2007.
- "Scientific Staff Profiles: Dr. Zindel Segal". Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
- Segal, Teasdale, Williams, 2002, p.5-6