Dr. Eve Valera
Dr. Eve Valera
Dr. Eve Valera is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Neuroimaging Program, Clinical and Research Programs in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD, in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Valera received her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received postdoctoral clinical training in neuropsychology and psychiatry at Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and postdoctoral research training in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Valera has been working with ADHD populations in either a clinical or research capacity for over 10 years. For the past 6 years she has been conducting functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies on adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and is currently using structural and functional neuroimaging methodologies, including diffusion tensor imaging, to elucidate the neural substrate of ADHD. A specific focus of interest is how cerebellar abnormalities and abnormalities in cortico-cerebellar connections may influence ADHD pathophysiology. She has published papers and chapters in this area and has received several grants to support this work.
Her current work is supported by a Career Development Award aimed at studying the structure and function of the cerebellum in ADHD adults. Dr. Valera presents her research both locally and at national meetings, has served as a reviewer for ADHD grants, and also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of high quality journals. Other research interests include affective dysregulation in ADHD, neuropsychology of ADHD, and how abuse interacts with neurobiology to contribute to cognitive and psychological sequelae in abuse survivors. She has also published and received grants to support her work examining the effects of brain injury in physically abused women.
Dr. Valera has been honored with a number of awards including: the Herman-Eisen Award for Professional Contribution to Psychology at the University of Illinois, the Mysell Award at Harvard University, the Livingston Fellowship Award at Harvard Medical School, and the Lily Fellowship Award.