Danielle Varley
Visiting Research Fellow



Danielle Varley is a research fellow within the COMIC research team.  Currently, Danielle is coordinating a randomised controlled trial examining LEGO-based therapy for children with autism (I-SOCIALISE) and also coordinates new grant applications. Previously, Danielle worked on  a number of child mental health studies run by COMIC (such as computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) for adolescents with depression and Social Stories™ for children with autism).


  • MSc Health Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology



Danielle’s research interests include developing and investigating the effectiveness of novel mental health interventions, particularly for children and adolescents.


  • I-SOCIALISE: Investigating SOcial Competence and Isolation in children with Autism taking part in LEGO-based therapy clubs In School Environments

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Contact details

Danielle Varley
Visiting Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 294824


Full publications list

  • Wright, B., Roberts, S., Redmond, C., Davies, K., Varley, D. (2016). Evolving the service model for child and adolescent mental health services. Journal of Hospital Administration, 6(1)
  • Wright, B., Williams, C., Smith, R… Varley, D. (2016). An Autism Spectrum Disorders Forum: A Model for the Effective Use of Multidisciplinary Assessment and Intervention Planning with Limited Clinical Resources. Autism Open Access, 6:186. doi:10.4172/2165-7890.1000186.
  • Tindall, L., Varley, D., Wright, B. (2016). A feasibility and pilot trial of computerised cognitive behaviour therapy for depression in adolescents: lessons learned from planning and conducting a randomised controlled trial. Mental Health Review Journal, 21(3), 193-199.
  • Marshall, D., Wright, B., Allgar, V., Adamson, J., Williams, C., Ainsworth, H., Cook, L., Varley, D., et al. (2016). Social Stories in mainstream schools for children with autism spectrum disorder: a feasibility randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 6(8), e011748.
  • Craig, J., Morris, L., Cameron, J., Setters, J., Varley, D., et al., (2015). Evaluation of the Key Information Summary and its Effect on GPs, Out-of-Hours Clinicians and Patients in Scotland. Scottish Medical Journal, 60(3), 126-31.
  • Glanville, J., Duffy, S., McCool, R., Varley, D. (2014). Searching ClinicalTrials.gov and the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform to inform systematic reviews: what are the optimal search approaches? Journal of the Medical Library Association, 102(3), 177-183.
  • King, S., Glanville, J., Sanders, ME., Fitzgerald, A., Varley, D. (2014). Effectiveness of probiotics on the duration of illness in healthy children and adults who develop common acute respiratory infectious conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Nutrition, 112(1), 41-54.
  • Beale, S., Duffy, S., Glanville, J., Lefebvre, C., Wright, D., McCool, R., Varley, D., et al. (2014). Choosing and using methodological search filters: searchers’ views. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 31(2), 133-47.
  • Bachelot ,T., McCool, R., Duffy, S., Glanville, J., Varley, D., et al. (2013). Comparative efficacy of everolimus plus exemestane versus fulvestrant for hormone-receptor-positive advanced breast cancer following progression/recurrence after endocrine therapy: a network meta-analysis. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 143(1), 125-33.
  • Hex, N., Bartlett, C., Wright, D., Taylor, M., Varley, D. (2012). Estimating the current and future costs of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the UK, including direct health costs and indirect societal and productivity costs. Diabetic Medicine, 29(7), 855-862.