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Val writes about breaking out of social isolation and building community after a major loss or life transition. She is the author of The Art of Comforting which won the Nautilus Book Award in 2011, and 400 Friends and No One to Call (Central Recovery Press, March, 2020.)


Val develops curriculums for nonprofit agencies serving people with disabilities. Certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, she writes courses on human rights, advocacy, reducing social isolation, and building community.


Val provides online classes and groups for seniors and people with disabilities. She also speaks on the topics of social isolation, how to build community, and how to offer comfort to people in distress.

Val is a contributing blogger for Psychology Today, exploring the topics of loneliness, breaking out of isolation, and building community. Her new book, 400 Friends and No One to Call, was released on March 26th with Central Recovery Press. A former rehabilitation counselor, Val teaches and speaks throughout New England and contributes to the Health Story Collaborative in Boston.

Recently interviewed on Global TV Canada’s Morning Show



Psychology Today Blog: 400 Friends but Who Can I Call?


The Loneliness of Unshareable Grief


Are You Judgmental of Lonely People? A Self-Test


Recognition for The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress (Penguin/Random House, 2010)

Nautilus Book Award, Gold Medalist, Grief and Loss Category, 2011


Coalition of Visionary Resources Book Award, First Runner Up, 2011


Recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission in their Guide for Survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Penguin Random House featured title, There’s A Book for That: Hope, Healing and Doing Good

Photo by Veronica Handy