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 new title is 400 Friends and No One to Call: Breaking Through Isolation and Building Community, released with Central Recovery Press in March, 2020.

She is a contributing blogger for Psychology Today, Social Self, and the Health Story Collaborative. Her topics include comforting people in distress, breaking through isolation, and building social support and community. Val received her MS in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a rehabilitation consultant, speaker and educator. Her articles and Q&As have appeared in AARP, Caregiver Space, Babyboomer.com, Caregiver Solutions, Time, Good Housekeeping, Coping with Cancer, Boston Globe Magazine, Marie Claire and Whole Living.

Keep up with Val at www.valwalkerauthor.com

Other Works

  • The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress


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