International Partners

Our work with International partners – Brazil

Over the past few years MCoE has been working in close partnership with a number of Brazilan-based colleagues in researching and developing new programmes of work.  The Brazilian people and their spirit provide a consistent source of inspiration and creativity that will help MCoE meets its aim of wider dissemination of mindfulness teachings.

Katya Stubing

International Partners Tamara and Katya Stubing
International Partners Tamara and Katya Stubing

Katya is a group Affiliate Member of the Programa de Saúde, Espiritualidade e Religiosidade (ProSER) at the Institute of Psychiatry (IPQ), University of São Paulo. This project has been developing a semi-structured questionnaire to explore spirituality in mental health, working with in-patients and staff at the IpQ.  Asking questions where other clinicians sometimes fear to tread with some amazing results.

Katya’s academic work has been developing and evaluating a mindfulness intervention for severe Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa (University of São Paulo). Ground breaking work in an area fraught with difficulty for both clients and staff.  Her work was presented at the 2013 Mindfulness in Society conference in Chester, UK where she discussed her approach with Professor Mark Williams.

Katya is a training partner of Dr Tamara Russell for Body in Mind Training in Brazil
.  She has developed her own 8-week mindfulness training protocol based on the attention training methods of Shamatha.

Katya is a certified Doctor of Acupuncture, awarded by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS).




Dr. Vitor Pordeus

Vitor Pordeus

      • Vitor is an actor and trans-cultural psychiatrist. He is the Co-Founder and Research Director of the  People’s University for Art and Science since 2010 and Co-founder and co-actor at the Madness Hotel and Spa, Nise da Silveira Mental Health Insitute, Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
      • He is the Founder and coordinator of the Centre for Culture, Science and Health – Public Health Office of Rio de Janeiro City since 2009.

Vitor using documentary film making to showcase this innovative work in psychiatry.  See Clients and Friends.  Contact: [email protected]



Collaboration with the  Laboratory of Experimental Phenomenology and Cognition at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul


Academic discussions and strong Brazilian Coffee
Academic discussions and strong Brazilian Coffee

Tamara Russell, Professor William Gomes (Head of the Laboratory of Experimental Phenomenology and Cognition) and Tiago Tatton-Ramos (PhD Student).

Working in collaboration with the Laboratory of Experimental Phenomenology and Cognition at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul supporting Tiago’s project exploring the benefits of mindful movement in the cardiovascular rehabilitation setting of a public hospital.  Tiago is a founding member of the Iniciativa Mindfulness supporting a growing mindfulness academic and clinical community in Brazil.