Tamara completed her BSc in Psychology at University College London in 1996. Following this, she obtained a Masters in Neuroscience from Kings College London (1997). This was followed by a PhD in the Psychology Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London (completed in 2001). After a number of postdoctoral academic positions, including a Goldsmith Fellowship, Royal Society Travel Scholarship and a Schizophrenia Research Institute grant, Tamara began her Clinical Psychology Training at University College London (completing the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2009).
Tamara continues with her academic and teaching work via honorary contracts with a number of organizations including the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (King's College London). In a Visiting Lecturer capacity, Tamara provides teaching on the topic of mindfulness to various Masters and post-graduate level students. Small scale research projects with Masters students explore novel applications of mindfulness. Some recent projects include the development of mindfulness training for medical students, creative interventions for mothers with post-natal depression, and the evaluation of on-line mindfulness supervision for mindfulness teachers.
Russell, T.A (2015) Mindfulness in Motion. Watkins, London, UK
Russell TA (2017) #whatismindfulness. Watkins. London
Senior, C., Russell, T.A., & Gazzaniga, M. (2006) Methods in Mind, MIT Press
Fu, C., Senior, C., Russell, T.A.., Weinberger, D. & Murray, R. (2003) Neuroimaging in Psychiatry. Dunitz Publishers
Fleetham, M (with contributions by TA Russell) (2003) How to Create and Develop a Thinking Classroom McGraw-‐
Russell, TA. & Tatton-‐Ramos, T. (2015) The Compassionate Brain and Mind in Towards the Compassionate School.
Institute of Education Press.
Russell, TA. & Green, MJ (2009) Social cognition in psychiatric disorders. In The Handbook of Neuropsychology of
Mental Illness Eds S Wood, N Allen & C Pantelis. Cambridge University Press.
Russell, T.A. Sharma, T.S. (2003) Social cognition at the neural level: investigations in autism, schizophrenia and
psychopathy. In The Social Brain: Evolution and Pathology, Eds M. Brüne, H. Ribbert, & Schiefenhövel, W. John
Wiley & Sons, London.
Russell, T.A., Zelaya F., Bressan, RA & Bandebni, PA (2003) Functional Neuroimaging: An introduction to the
technology, methodology, interpretation, and applications. In Neuroimaging in Psychiatry. Fu, C., Senior, C., Russell,
TA., Weinberger, D. & Murray, R (Eds).
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Russell, TA & Arcuri, S (2015) A Neurophysiological and Neuropsychological Consideration of Mindful Movement:
Clinical and Research Implications. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 282.
Russell, TA, King, E., Wong, M. & Renieres, M (in preparation) A Mindfulness Toolkit for those living and working
with bipolar illness: a pilot feasibility and acceptability study.
Russell, TA & Tatton-‐Ramos, T (2014) Body In Mind Training: Mindful movement for the Clinical Sebng Journal of
Neuro-‐disability and psychotherapy. 2(1/2), 108-‐136.
Kumari, V., Peters, E., Guinn, A., Fannon, D. Russell, TA., Sumich, A., Kuipers, E., Williams, S. & ffytch, D. (under
review) Enhanced neural response to indirect threat associated with subjective depression in schizophrenia.
Russell, TA (2014) Body in Mind? The need for an integrative approach to compassion in the NHS. Journal of
Holistic Healthcare. 11(1) 7-‐10.
Gil, V., Meléndez-‐Pérez, I., Russell, T.A., Surguladze, S., Radua, J., Soriano-‐Mas, C., Fuste, M., Otta, C & Harol, J.
(2013) Functional similarity of facial emotion processing between people with a first episode of psychosis and
Sato, J., Kozasa, E., Radvany, R., Mello, L. Russell, T.A., & Amaro, E. (2012) Brain imaging analysis can identify
participants under regular mental training. Public Library of Science One.
Marsh, PJ, Luckett, G. Russell, T. Coltheart, M. & Green, MJ. (2012) Effects of facial emotion recognition remediation
on visual scanning of novel face stimuli. Schizophrenia Research, 141 (2-‐3) 234-‐40.
Kozasa, E., Sato, J., Lacerada, S., Barreiros, M., Radvany, J., Russell, TA., Sanches, L., Mello, L., & Amaro, Jr., E (2012)
Meditation Training increased brain efficiency in an attention task. Neuroimage, 59, 745-‐749.
Russell, T.A. (2011) Body in mind training: mindful movement for severe and enduring mental illness. British
Journal of Wellbeing, 2 (3), 13-‐16
Radua, J., Phillips, ML, Russell, TA., Lawrence, N., Marshall, N., Kalindindi, S., El-‐Hage, W., McDonald, C.,
Giampietro, V., Brammer, M., David, AS., Surguladze, S. (2010) Neural response to specific components of fearful
faces in healthy and schizophrenic adults. NeuroImage; 49(1):939-‐46.
Marsh, P., Green, MJ., Russell, TA, McGuire, J., Harris, A. & Coltheart, M. (2010) Remediation of facial emotion
recognition in schizophrenia: Functional predictors, generalisability, and durability. American Journal of Psychiatric
Rehabilitation, 13(2), 143-‐170.
Russell, TA., Schmidt U, Doherty L, Young V, Tchanturia, K. (2009) Aspects of Social Cognition in Anorexia Nervosa:
Affective and cognitive theory of mind. Psychiatry Research, 168, 181-‐185.
Filbey, F., Russell, T.A., Morris, R., Murray, R. & McDonald, C (2008) Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
of attention processes in presumed obligate carriers of schizophrenia. Annals of General Psychiatry 2008, 7:18
Surguladze, S., Elkina, A., Ecker, C. Kalindinis, S.Corsica, A., Giampietro, V., Lawrence, N., Deeley, Q., Murphy, DG.,
Kucharska-‐Piertura, K., Russell, T.A., McGuffin, P., Murray, R., & Phillips, ML. (2008) Genetic variation in the
serotonin transporter modulates neural system-‐wide response to fearful faces. Genes, Brain and Behaviour. 7(5):
Russell, T.A., Green, M, & Coltheart, M (2008) Remediation of facial emotion perception: concomitant changes in
visual attention. Schizophrenia Research, 103(1-‐3):248-‐256.
Hambrook, D., Tchanturia, K., Schmidt, U., Russell, TA. & Treasure, J. (2008) Empathy, systemizing, and autistic traits
in anorexia nervosa: A pilot study. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 47(3), 335-‐9.
Herba, C., Benson, P., Landau, S., Russell, TA, Goodwin, C., Lemche, E., Santosh, P. & Phillips, M (2008) Impact of
familiarity upon children’s developing facial expression recognition. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 49
Russell, T.A., Tchanturia, K., Rahman, Q. & Schmidt, U. (2007) Sex differences in theory of mind: a male advantage
on Happé’s “Cartoon” task. Cognition and Emotion, 21(7), 1554-‐1565.
Herba, C., Landau, S., Russell, T.A. Ecker, C., Phillips, ML (2006) The development of emotion-‐processing in children:
Effects of age, emotion, and intensity. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 47, 1098-‐1106.
Russell, T.A., Chu, E., & Phillips, ML (2006) An investigation of the effectiveness of emotion recognition remediation
in schizophrenia using the Micro-‐Expression Training Tool. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 (4), 579-‐583.
Russell, T.A., Kucharska-‐Pietrua, K., Reynaud, E., C. Ecker, Benson, P., Giampietro, V., Zelaya, F., Brammer, M., David,
A. & Phillips, M. (2006) Neural responses to dynamic expressions of fear in schizophrenia. Neuropsychologia, 45(1):
Surguladze, S., Russell, TA, Kucharska-‐Pietura, K, Travis, M., Giampietro, V., David, AS, Phillips, ML. (2006) A reversal
of the normal pattern of parahippocampal response to neutral and fearful faces is associated with reality distortion
in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 60, 423-‐431
Russell, TA., Herba, C., Reynaud, E., Morris, R. & Corcoran, R. (2006) Do you see what I see? Inference from
movement in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 81 (1) 101-‐111.
Lemche, E, Giampietro, V., Surguladze, S., Amaro, E., Andrew, C, Williams, S., Brammer., MJ., Lawrence, N.,
Maier, M., Russell, T.A. Simmons, A., Ecker, C., Joraschky, P., Phillips, ML. (2006) Human attachment security is
mediated by the amygdala: Evidence from combined fMRI and psychophysiological measures. Human Brain
Mapping, 27, 623-‐635.
Farrant, A., Morris, RG., Russell, T.A., Elwes, R., Akanuma, N., Alarcon, G. & Koutroumanidis, M. (2005) Social
Cognition in Frontal Lobe Epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behaviour, 7 (3) 506-‐516.
Phillips, M., Williams, L., Heining, M., Herba, C., Russell, TA., Andrew, C., Bullmore, ET., Brammer, MJ, Williams, S.,
Morgan, M., Young., AW, & Gray, J. (2004) Differential neural responses to overt and covert presentations of facial
expressions of fear and disgust. Neuroimage, 21, 1484-‐1496
Rushe, T., Temple, C., Ritin, L., Woodruff, P., Bullmore, E., Simmons, A., Russell, T.A. & Murray, R. (2004)
Lateralisation of language function in young adults born very pre-‐term. Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal
Neonatal Ed, 89, F112 – F118
Kucharska-‐Pietura K, Russell T.A, & Masiak M. (2003) Perception of negative affect in schizophrenia--functional and
structural changes in the amygdala. Review. Ann Univ Mariae Curie Sklodowska 58(2):453-‐8
Rubia, K, Russell, T.A., Taylor, E., Bullmore, E, Brammer, M., Williams, S., Andrew, C., & Sharma, T. (2001) Reduced
frontal activation in schizophrenia during normal inhibitory function. Schizophrenia Research, 52 (1-‐2) 47-‐55.
Russell, T.A., Rubia, K., Bullmore, E., Soni, W., Suckling, J., Brammer, M., Simmons, A., Williams, S., & Sharma, T.
(2000) Exploring the social brain in schizophrenia: lev prefrontal underactivation during mental state attribution.
American Journal of Psychiatry 157, 2040-‐2042.
Rubia, K., Russell, T.A., Overmeyer, S., Brammer, M.J., Bullmore, E.T., Sharma, T., Simmons, A., Williams, S.C.R.,
Giampietro, V., Andrew, C. & Taylor, E. (2000) Mapping motor inhibition: Generic brain activations across different
versions of go-‐no-‐go and stop tasks. NeuroImage 13, 250-‐261
About Dr Tamara
Dr. Tamara Russell, MSc, PhD, D. Clin. Psych.
As a clinical psychologist, martial artist and neuroscientist, Tamara brings a unique, multiple perspective to her mindfulness teaching, therapy, and research. Her particular interest is the embodiment of mindfulness. Her practical and embodied approach lies at the heart of her training programs which are offered as courses and short training to the general public, schools, corporations, and within the health sector.
Tamara’s work cuts across disciplines and sectors, bringing innovative, practical, body-based mindfulness training to individuals of all ages and abilities. Tamara works as a mindfulness consultant and trainer in a variety of settings including education, health and corporate worldwide.
Tamara is the Director of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence, London. This virtual not for profit organization is dedicated to innovation and thought leadership in the field of mindfulness. It has a particular focus on creativity, mindfulness teaching methods and leading edge discussions on how we bring mindfulness to secular settings. Tamara is a visiting Lecturer at King’s College London, in the Neuroimaging Department of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. She lectures on the clinical and neuroscientific aspects of mindfulness to students across a range of post graduate courses (including medical and psychiatry training as well as MSc level students).
Tamara’s clinical and academic research explores the link between movement, mind, and the brain. At the heart of this work is the kung fu principle that our training (and our mindfulness) can and is in everything we do. By working with the body and movement, we are tapping into the most fundamental of brain processes that underpin all our mental activity and subsequent actions in the world. Working with contemporary dancers and those in the creative arts, Tamara’s work explores how we can learn and share experiences of embodiment across disciplines to improve the pedagogy of mindfulness.
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