Harvard Medical School
Dr. Valera is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Research Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has worked in the field of domestic violence for nearly 25 years using a range of methodologies to understand the neural, neuropsychological and psychological consequences of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) resulting from intimate partner-violence (IPV). Dr. Valera has authored nearly 50 publications, is a reviewer for more than 60 journals and has obtained numerous grants to support her research. She regularly lectures on this topic internationally and has been interviewed by numerous news sources (e.g., TV news, New York Times Magazine, Forbes, CBC Canadian radio). She is actively engaged in training stakeholders (shelter workers, law enforcement, judicial personnel) and raising awareness of this global public health epidemic.