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Barney Dunn


Contact Details


Postal: MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge, CB2 7EF


My research examines emotion experience and regulation in common mental health problems, using a combination of cognitive-experimental, neuroimaging and psychophysiological methods. The eventual goal of this work is to help develop novel emotion regulation interventions to supplement existing therapeutic strategies. I work four days a week at the CBU under the supervision of Tim Dalgleish and in collaboration with other members of the emotion research group. I am also an honorary lecturer at the Sub Department of Clinical Health Psychology at University College London, where I supervise the research dissertations of trainee clinical psychologists.

Clinical Practice

I am also a qualified clinical psychologist. I work one day a week in London in an out-patients adult mental health setting, practising cognitive behavioural therapy and cognitive analytic therapy. I am particularly interested in developing effective ways of working with emotion regulation difficulties in clients with personality and mood disorders.

Career History

I graduated from the University of Oxford in Experimental Psychology in 1997. I then worked as a research assistant at Cambridge University Department of Psychiatry, investigating early detection and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. I completed my PhD at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in 2002, examining the extent to which altered feedback from the body may contribute to depression. I then underwent clinical psychology training at University College London, before returning to the CBU as a Senior Investigator Scientist in 2005.

Current Studies

  • The consequences of different forms of emotion regulation in depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder
  • The role of the body in emotional experience and decision making
  • Examining how disturbances in bodily feedback may contribute to psychopathology
  • Accuracy of self-focused attention in depression and anxiety
  • Blunted positive affect in depression
  • Piloting the use of DBT skills as procedural exits in cognitive analytic therapy
  • fMRI investigation of the neural substrate of thought suppression and the neural representation of basic emotions

For more information about these projects click BarneyDunnResearch


Preprint pdfs of some of these articles are available below or on the ProgrammePublications page. If you cannot find a pdf of the article you are interested in or you would like a journal copy please e-mail me.

  • Dalgleish, T., Rolfe, J., Golden, A. M., Dunn, B. D., & Barnard, P. J. (in press). Reduced autobiographical memory specificity and posttraumatic stress: Exploring the contributions of impaired executive control and affect regulation. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

  • Dunn, B. D. (in press). Psychosomatic Disorders. In Oxford Companion to the Affective Sciences.
  • Dunn, B. D., Dalgleish, T., Ogilvie, A. D & Lawrence, A. D. (2007). Heart beat perception in dysphoria and depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45,1921 - 1930. dunn_heartbeat_perception

  • Dunn, B. D., Dalgleish, T., Lawrence, A. D., & Ogilvie, A. D. (2007). The accuracy of self-monitoring and its relationship to self-focused attention in dysphoria and clinical depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology,116(1), 1 -15. dunn_SFA_depression

  • Dunn, B. D., Dalgleish, T., & Lawrence, A. (2006). The somatic marker hypothesis: A critical evaluation. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 30 (2), 239 – 271.

  • Blackwell, A. D., Dunn, B. D., Owen, A. M., & Sahakian, B. (2005). Neuropsychological assessment of dementia. In O'Brien, Ames & Burns (Eds.), Dementia (3rd ed.): Hodder Arnold.

  • Dunn, B. D., Dalgleish, T., Lawrence, A. D., Cusack, R., & Ogilvie, A. D. (2004). Categorical and Dimensional Reports of Experienced Affect to Emotion-Inducing Pictures in Depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113(4), 654 - 660. dunn_emotion_depression

  • Dunn, B. D., & Bolton, W. (2004). The impact of borderline personality traits on challenging behaviour: implications for learning disabilities services. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 6(4), 3 - 9. dunn_forensic

  • Dunn, B. D., Owen, A. M., & Sahakian, B. (2001). Neuropsychological Assessment of Dementia. In O'Brien, Ames & Burns (Eds.), Dementia (2nd ed.): Arnold Publishers.

  • Swainson, R., Hodges, J. R., Galton, C. J., Semple, J., Dunn, B. D., Iddon, J. L., et al. (2001). Early detection and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and Depression with neuropsychological tests. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 12, 265 - 280.

Papers Under Review

  • Schartau, P. E. S., Dalgleish, T., & Dunn, B. D. (submitted). The effects of training in cognitive reappraisal on self-reported emotions and psychophysiology in response to distressing films and autobiographical memories.

  • Dunn, B. D., Galton, H. J., Meyer, M., Lawrence, A., Cusack, R., & Dalgleish, T. (submitted). Listening to your heart: Greater interoceptive awareness relates to better intuitive decision-making.

  • Dunn, B. D., Stefanovitch, I., Dalgleish, T, Lawrence, A. D. (submitted). Self Regulatory Judgment Bias in Mood Disorders: A Cognitive Marker Specific to Depression?
  • Yiend, J., Mathews, A., Weston, B., Dunn, B. D., Cusack, R., & Mackintosh, B. (submitted). An Investigation of the Controlled Processing of Fear.

  • Dalgleish, T., Golden, A. M., Yiend, J., Spinks, H., Dunn, B. D. (submitted). Prospective cognitive processing of emotional information in seasonal and non-seasonal depression


  • Phd, University of Cambridge, 2002: Exploring the interaction of mind and body in depression
  • DClinPsy, University College London, 2004: Emotional suppression when processing trauma: Implications for mood and memory.

Conference Presentations

  • Organised an invited symposium "Role of the body in mood disorder and brain injury: From basic science to clinical application", British Assoication for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies Annual Conference, Brighton, 2007. Speakers were Barney Dunn, Rebecca Park (University of Oxford), Fergus Gracey (Oliver Zangwill Centre), and Margaret Landale.
  • Dunn, B. D., Billotti, D., Quarmby, L., Meyer, M., Brewin, C., & Dalgleish, T. Does emotional suppression help regulate affect when processing traumatic material? Talk presented at World Congress of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Barcelona, 2007.

  • Dunn, B. D., Stefanovitch, I., & Dalgleish T. Evidence for a reduced positive bias in dysphoria and clinical depression. Poster presented at World Congress of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Barcelona, 2007.

  • Schartau, P., Dalgleish, T., Dunn, B. D., & Matthews, A. The training of emotion regulation: A cognitive and physiological perspective. Poster presented at World Congress of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Barcelona, 2007.

  • Dunn, B. D., Dalgleish, T., & Brewin C. Is emotional suppression a helpful or unhelpful form of affect regulation when processing traumatic material? Talk presented at British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies Annual Conference, Warwick, 2006.

  • Williams, D. & Dunn, B. D. Developing exits in CAT. Talk copresented at International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Conference, Dublin, 2006.

  • Dunn, B. D., Lawrence, A. D., Cusack R., & Ogilvie, A. The Processing Of Discrete Basic Emotions in Dysphoria and Depression: Self-Report and Psychophysiology. Talk presented at British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies Annual Conference, York , 2003.

Current Students

  • Davy Evans(undergraduate student, University of Cambridge; previously Wellcome funded summer student): Role of the body in psychopathology
  • Mairi Stewart (clinical trainee, UCL): Affective forecasting in depression
  • Kate Buchan (voluntary research assistant): Mindfulness and the body

Previous Students

completed 2007:

  • Ruth Morgan (clinical trainee, UCL): Does mindfulness work by changing relationship to the body?
  • Louise Quarmby (clinical trainee, UCL): Consequences of habitual acceptance versus suppression on response to trauma
  • Patricia Schartau (PhD student, MRC CBU): Examining the consequences of cognitive reappraisal
  • Clare Oliver (undergraduate student, University of Cambridge): Decision making in depression.

completed 2006:

  • Iolanta Stefanovitch (clinical trainee, UCL): Self focused attention to mind and body in anxiety
  • Hannah Galton (undergraduate student, University of Cambridge): Validating Damasio's Somatic Marker Hypothesis
  • Danielle Billotti (masters student, University of Cambridge): The consequences of acceptance in response to trauma

Teaching Experience

  • Working with personality Disorders (University of East Anglia Clinical Psychology Training Course, 07)
  • Social Psychiatry lecture series for final year undergraduates (Anglia Ruskin University, 07)
  • Working with the body in psychotherapy (CBT diploma, Institute of Psychiatry, 05)
  • Research Methods lecture (Research Methods Masters, City University, 04)
  • Supervising 2nd year medical and psychology undergraduates (University of Cambridge, 01 - 03)

Current CPD

  • Oxford Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner Training (06 - ongoing)
  • Practitioner representative on Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy Council


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