Dr Barney Dunn


Broad research specialisms

  • Positive emotion regulation in mood disorders

I am a research clinical psychologist with a PhD from the University of Cambridge (2002) and a doctorate in clinical psychology from University College London (2004). After completing my PhD and clinical training, I worked as a Senior Investigator Scientist in the Emotion Group at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge until April 2012. During this time I cofounded the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre in Affective Disorders, which conducts translational research to better understand and treat anxiety and depression. I served as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London, teaching and supervising research projects on the doctoral clinical psychology programme there. In May 2012 I joined the Mood Disorders Centre at Exeter University as an Associate Professor. In January 2018 I was promoted to Professor. From January 2015 to January 2020 my research will be supported by an National Institute of Health Research Career Development Fellowship. 

I am a chartered clinical psychologist, registered with the Health Professions Council. My clinical interests currently primarily focus on developing ways of working with anhedonia in depression (see Augmented Depression Therapy project below). I am also broadly interested in treating emotion and interpersonal difficulties in clients with depression and personality disorders, using a mixture of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). I completed my CAT practitioner training in 2007 in Oxford. I was a Beck Institute Scholar in 2013, receiving training and supervision at the Beck Cognitive Therapy Institute in Philadelphia, US. I was awarded diplomate membership of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy in 2013 and accreditation as a CBT therapist by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) in 2015.

At the Mood Disorders Centre, I am the co-lead for the AccEPT clinic (an NHS commissioned service providing treatment for mood disorders). I currently act as joint research group lead for the clinical research group and am a member of the Positive Working Environment Group at the University of Exeter focusing on managing staff wellbeing and stress.I contribute to teaching on clinical psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within Exeter and provide training workshops nationally. I served as the faculty representative to the Lived Experience Group (service users who consult on our research and governance and assist with our training) until Spring 2018. Externally, I currently am a training advocate for psychology for the NIHR and serve on the ICA pre doctoral fellowship panel for the NIHR. 

I am interested in considering applications from potential PhD students wishing to work on clinically facing research projects. I am also interested in supporting NIHR facing fellowship applications from clinically trained individuals via the Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme. 


BA (Hons) Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, 1997 (1st class)

PhD Cambridge University, 2002

DClinPsy University College London, 2004

Practitioner training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, 2007

Level A and B BPS certificate in occupational psychology testing, 2008

Diplomate member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, 2013 onwards.

Accreditation as CBT therapist by Academy of Cognitive Therapy, 2014 onwards.

Accreditation as a CBT therapist by BABCP, 2016 onwards.


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Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 724680
AddressWashington Singer Laboratories
University of Exeter
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Prince of Wales Road

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