Björn Prins achieved his master degree in clinical psychology at the University of Ghent in 1999. Furthermore, he was trained (2000-2004) as a psychotherapist at the Academy for the Integration of Psychotherapy (AIP, Ghent). In 2004 he finalised this training with a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Cogntive Therapy project under supervision of David Dewulf. Additionally, Björn followed an intensive Dhamma course (Frits Koster, Joost van Den Heuvel, Boot Dingeman Boot, the Netherlands) and deepened his mindfulness practise through various long-term Vipassana meditation retreats (Frits Koster, Jotika Hermsen, Christina Feldman, Ank Schravendeel, ...). From then on Björn continued his career as a mindfulnesstrainer and in 2006 he founded ITAM (Institute for the Training of Attention and Mindfulness) and created a post-graduate programma for Mindfulness at University College Artevelde. Today Björn is managing partner of Itam, curriculum chair Mindfulness at the University College Artevelde, Ghent and since 2012 connected to the department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology in the course of his PhD project under supervision of Stefaan Van Damme. In his PhD project Björn is examining underlying working mechanisms of Mindfulness in clinical and non-clinical populations. Björn's work is focused on experimental research on pain, interventions in the workplace (mindful@work) and mindfulness based clinical trials.