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Danielle Varley
PhD Student



Danielle completed her MSc Health Psychology degree at Teesside University, where her research focused on testing the effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions.

Since 2011, Danielle has worked in a wide range of research roles and settings, including coordinating the I-SOCIALISE study, leading grant applications to national and international research funders (including being a co-applicant on four NIHR funded studies) and managing the Child Oriented Mental health Intervention Centre (COMIC).

Danielle joined the CANDO team as a PhD student in January 2020 and is researching the lived experience of people diagnosed with conversion disorder.


  • MSc Health Psychology (Teesside University)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Teesside University)



Danielle’s research interests lie in mental health research, conversion disorder, and autism.


  • ASSSIST-2: Autism Spectrum Social Stories™ In Schools Trial 2 (ASSSIST 2)
  • I-SOCIALISE: Investigating SOcial Competence and Isolation in children with Autism taking part in LEGO-based therapy clubs In School Environments
  • Work Stress Survey: A study exploring work related stress and resilience, and the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on stress levels and resilience amongst employees and students of the University of York (UoY) and Hull York Medical School (HYMS).
  • CANDO: Conversion And Neuro-inflammation Disorder Observational (CANDO) study

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Danielle Varley
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Full publications list

  • Varley D, Wright B, Cooper C, et al. (2019). Investigating SOcial Competence and Isolation in children with Autism taking part in LEGO-based therapy clubs In School Environments (I-SOCIALISE): study protocol. BMJ Open,9:e030471.
  • 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 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.