Neuropsychiatrist and neuroscientist
Valerie Voon is a neuropsychiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge. The Voon research group focuses on mechanisms underlying impulsivity and compulsivity with specific application to addictions. She obtained her medical degree and psychiatry residency training from the University of British Columbia and University of Toronto in Canada. She completed a movement disorders research fellowship at the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and concurrently a PhD in neuroscience from the University College London and recently completed a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD focused on the dopamine-agonist related impulse control disorders (e.g. pathological gambling, binge eating, compulsive sexual behaviours and shopping). She has published over 120 manuscripts and book chapters including in high impact journals. She is a Fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and chairs their Committee for Research and is on the Board of Directors for the British Neuropsychiatric Association.