Val is the author of The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress (Penguin/Random House, 2010) which won the Nautilus Book Award in 2011. Her upcoming title is 400 Friends and No One to Call: Breaking Through Isolation and Building Community, set to release with Central Recovery Press on March 26th, 2020.
She is a contributing blogger for Psychology Today and also contributes to the Health Story Collaborative in Boston, MA. Her topics include comforting people in distress, breaking through isolation, and building social support after loss. Val received her MS in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a rehabilitation consultant, speaker and educator. Her articles and interviews have appeared in AARP Bulletin, Time, Good Housekeeping, Coping with Cancer, Boston Globe Magazine, Marie Claire and Whole Living.
Keep up with Val at www.valwalkerauthor.com
Awards and Recognition
- Nautilus Book Award Gold Medalist, Grief and Loss Category, 2011
- Coalition of Visionary Resources Book Award, First Runner Up, Self-help Category, 2011
- Recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission in their Guide for Survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing
Press and Media Mentions
- Penguin/Random House Recommended Books List---There's a Book for That: Hope, Healing, and Doing Good
- Latest Blog Post for Psychology Today: Are You Judgmental of Lonely People? A Self-test
- On Jefferson Exchange show (NPR-affiliated Jefferson Public Radio) sharing a thoughtful interview about my new book, 400 Friends and No One to Call. Podcast about breaking through isolation and building community.