Dr Timothy Sahaja Davis

DEdPsy, MSc, PGCE, BA (Hons)

School of Education

Director Doctor of Educational and Child Psychology

DEdCPsy Deputy Programme Directors

+44 114 222 8107

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Dr Timothy Sahaja Davis
School of Education
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

I am a long term teacher and practitioner of mindfulness which has been a theme for much of my research to date. I have been involved in a number of projects exploring the application of mindfulness in schools.

Currently, my primary interests lie in exploring alternatives to how mindfulness is predominantly understood by education and health professionals in Europe and North America.

I am also interested in the potential for mindfulness to offer embodied ontological change for professionals and academics that may support their adopted positions.

These areas are primarily explored through phenomenology and critical psychology and the methodological approaches of Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis and Bracketing.

Research interests

Research activities

  • Member of the Peace of Mind research group examining the potential of school-based MBA to build young people’s mental health, resilience and school engagement.
  • Lead on an International collaborative project for the development of a mindfulness-based program for young people in schools.
  • Funded feasibility study exploring the application of mindfulness to pupils in the school setting.
Teaching activities

I am a part-time (0.5) lecturer in the Schol of Education. Primarily my teaching commitments are on the three-year doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme.

Professional activities and memberships
  • Development of Mindfulness Based Conversations (MBC), a consultation approach based on the application of mindfulness to professional interactions
  • Running workshops and professional training in MBC and the application of mindfulness to educational contexts to a variety of groups including universities, educational psychology services, counsellor services, mental health organisations and the British Psychology Society.
  • Delivery at conferences including Manchester Research Conference, National Mindfulness Conference, the European Emotional Well-Being in Educational Settings Conference, and the International Mindfulness at Work Conference.
  • Senior practitioner Educational Psychologist for Leeds City Council. Lead the educational psychology support for the development of specialist social emotional and behavioural provisions across the city.

Davis. T Sahaja (forthcoming) ‘Mindfulness conversations’ in ‘Critical Educational Psychology’ Williams, A. Wiley Publications

Davis, T. S. (2012). Mindfulness-Based Approaches and their potential for educational psychology practice. Educational psychology in practice, 28(1), 31-46.

Davis, T. S. (2013). A Literature Review Exploring the Potential of Mindfulness as a Tool to Develop Skills and Qualities for Effective Consultation. Mindfulness, 1-13.