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Barney Dunn


Contact Details

Email: barney.dunn@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk

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 CbuCeprl:BarneyDunnResearch


Preprint pdfs of some of these articles are available below or on the laboratory CbuCeprl:SectionPublications 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.

  • Dunn, B. D., Dalgleish, T., Ogilvie, A. D & Lawrence, A. D. (in press). Heart beat perception in dysphoria and depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy. attachment:dunn_heartbeat_perception

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


  • 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.

Current Students

  • Patricia Schartau (PhD student, MRC CBU): Examining the consequences of cognitive reappraisal
  • 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
  • Nakul Vyas (undergraduate student, University of Cambridge): The impact of body-state manipulations on decision-making
  • Clare Oliver (undergraduate student, University of Cambridge): Decision making in depression.

Previous Students

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


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Click CbuCeprl:SectionPeople to find out about other people working in the Section

If you are interested in our research and would potentially be interested in working with us, we have a number of opportunities to join us as a visiting academic, clinical associate, or student. See the CbuCeprl:SectionVacancies page for more details.

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