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William is a clinical health psychologist, researcher and assistant professor at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He is the co-director of the Tufts University Interprofessional Pain Rounds and organizer of the Interprofessional Controlled Substances and Risk Mitigation Initiative at Tufts University. He is also a father, husband, brother and meditation teacher.

William has spent the last 15 years studying mindfulness based meditation and six of those years as a fully ordained Buddhist monk. Over time William has developed a practice that incorporates the most accessible and core methods from Vietnamese Zen, Burmese Theravada and contemporary evidence-based meditation practices.

In 2008, William began practicing in the Pa Auk Theravada tradition taking intensive forest retreats with 7,000+ hours of total time in retreat. While a monk he practiced with and organized retreats for Buddhist teachers around the world including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, Ajahn Brahmavamso, Ven. Tenzin Palmo and Ven. Thubten Chodron.   

In addition, William has trained in more clinical applications of meditation including the Relaxation Response program developed at the MGH Benson Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine (3RP), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). William is also heavily influence by the meditation teachers, researchers and writers Jack Kornfield, Richard Davidson, Rick Hanson, Sam Harris and Robert Wright.

His classes, presentations and retreats are designed to create a supportive environment for group discussions and sense of community. All meditation techniques taught have supporting research on their effectiveness for reducing stress, managing pain, regulating emotions, strengthening attention, and communicating emotions. He encourages his students to explore various techniques and find a personalized practice that works for them. 

Email: William@SkillfulMeans.Life