Guy William (高威) Fincham*

University of Sussex


Fellowship received in 2021
Academic supervisor: Profs K. Cavanagh & C. Strauss.
Current affiliation: University of Sussex, Psychology & Medical Schools

Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives: 
Breathwork researcher. UK's 1st Sylff doctoral fellow. Breath teacher with The Breath-Body-Mind Foundation, New York. First Class BSc International Business (International), University of Leeds (Deans' List) & University of California, Berkeley (4.0 GPA). Distinction MSc Psychology, University of St Andrews (Deans' List). British Council & Sino British Fellowship Trust Mandarin scholar in Tianjin & Shenzhen, respectively

"Breath" translates as spirit or soul in Latin & Ancient Greek, representing an interface between conscious & subconscious processes

My research at Sussex Psychology explores the effects of breathwork on mental health & wellbeing. It involves collaboration with the Breath-Body-Mind Foundation (who I trained with as a breathwork teacher), Othership (Toronto), Oxford & UCSF. I'm also part of the Brighton & Sussex Medical School team exploring phenomenological & physiological effects of psychedelic-type therapeutic breathwork, & am a co-investigator on The Breathwork Survey launched by the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College

My breathwork publications:
▪ Nature Portfolio journal Scientific Reports: Effect of breathwork on stress and mental health: A meta‐analysis of randomised‐controlled trials
Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews: High ventilation breathwork practices: An overview of their effects, mechanisms, and considerations for clinical applications
▪ Scientific Reports: Effect of coherent breathing on mental health and wellbeing: a randomised placebo-controlled trial

Ultimately, I hope our work can help build a larger evidence-based picture of the psychophysiological effects (& potential efficacy) of breathwork. I wish to set up "Brighton & Sussex Breathwork Lab", dedicated to breathwork research & practice (funders/donors reach out if interested!) & am open to advisory/consulting roles, including coaching. I have a growing interest in the innumerable applications of breathwork across all contexts of human recovery & performance, from health to sports

I'm a fellow of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, Tokyo, carrying out the first doctoral research funded by the Sylff Association in the UK. Sylff is a collaborative initiative of the Nippon Foundation & Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research, & a global fellowship programme aimed at nurturing leaders who will initiate action to transcend differences & address issues confronting contemporary society. I have received additional grants from Sylff along with PsyDAO, a decentralised organisation funding research at the intersection of psychedelics & mental health

Thank you for reading (& breathing)! Find me @breath_Guy

Twitter: @Breath_Guy

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