Mark Lau

Psychologist, Vancouver CBT Centre
Degrees / Designations 

BSc, MSc, PhD.

Mailing Address 
302-1765 West 8th Avenue Vancouver, BC V6J 5C6


Academic Appointment 
Clinical Associate Professor
Other Areas of Research 
relapse prevention
mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

Mark Lau is a registered clinical psychologist in private practice at the Vancouver CBT Centre. He specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders and he provides consultation and supervision in both MBCT and CBT. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Lau has over 15 years of experience teaching MBCT groups, conducting MBCT research, and leading MBCT single and multi-day professional trainings nationally and internationally. Dr. Lau’s research interests include investigating the mechanisms underlying MBCT’s effectiveness, the development and validation of the Toronto Mindfulness Scale, and evaluating effective methods of disseminating MBCT and CBT. He is an Associate Editor of the new journal Mindfulness. He has been awarded the Scientist-Practitioner Award from the British Columbia Psychological Association and the Excellence in Continuing Mental Health Education Award from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

Current Projects 

1) A randomized controlled trial evaluation of brief, telephone supported CBT self-help in primary care patients with mild to moderate depression.
2) Evaluating cognitive reactivity as a causal risk factor of depressive relapse.