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Barney Dunn


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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, practicing 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, post traumatic 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
  • Pilotting 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 laboratory 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.

  • 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, 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.


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 SectionVacancies page for more details.


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