Department of Education

Valerie Dunn


Valerie is a researcher at the Dept of Education’s Rees Centre.

She is working on a pilot study of STrAWB (Shared Training and Assessment for Well-Being), an innovative training and assessment package which aims to improve the mental health and well-being of children in care. Valerie developed the mental health aspect of STrAWB, with foster carers and clinicians while she was a Research Associate in Cambridge. Valerie’s interests are in young people’s mental health, particularly those in care. She has an interest in creative, participatory research approaches. She is co-founder of the Creative Research Collective.


  • Journal articles

    • Dunn, V (2017) “Young people, mental health practitioners and researchers co-produce a Transition Preparation Programme to improve outcomes and experience for young people leaving Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)”, BMC Health Services Research. 17(1)

    • Dalgleish, T, Walsh, ND, Mobbs, D, Schweizer, S, van Harmelen, A-L, Dunn, B, Dunn, V, Goodyer, I, Stretton, J (2017) “Social pain and social gain in the adolescent brain: A common neural circuitry underlying both positive and negative social evaluation”, Scientific Reports. 7(1)

    • van Harmelen, A-L, Gibson, JL, St Clair, MC, Owens, M, Brodbeck, J, Dunn, V, Lewis, G, Croudace, T, Jones, PB, Kievit, RA, Goodyer, IM “Friendships and family support reduce subsequent depressive symptoms in at-risk adolescents”, PLOS ONE. 11(5) e0153715-e0153715.

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