Prof. Valerie DeMarinis

Her applied research and clinical work includes a focus on radicalisation and preventing violent extremism as a public mental health concern, including with young people who have been involved with either white-power extremism or Islamist extremism.

Prof Valerie DeMarinis, PhD (psychology) is Senior Professor in Public Mental Health at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umeå University, Sweden; Professor of Public Mental Health Promotion at Innlandet Hospital Trust, Norway; and Emeritus Professor in Psychology of Religion and Cultural Psychology at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research areas include refugee mental health, cultural information in treatment, public mental health and violent extremism. Recent/current research programs include: Director of the Wellbeing and Health section of the nationally-funded IMPACT research programme/Centre of Excellence at Uppsala University; Primary Mental Health Analyst for the EU- Horizon 2020 project RESPOND: Governance of Migration; and, PI for both Swedish and Norwegian projects on medical communication efficacy of the Cultural Formulation Interview (DSM-5). Her applied research and clinical work includes a focus on radicalisation and preventing violent extremism as a public mental health concern, including with young people who have been involved with either white-power extremism or Islamist extremism.

Prof. Valerie DeMarinis
University of Umeå
Senior Researcher

Key publications

  • Boyd-MacMillan, E. and DeMarinis, V. (2020) Learning Passport: Curriculum Framework (IC-ADAPT SEL high level programme design), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment;
  • DeMarinis, V. & Boyd-MacMillan, E. (2019) A mental health approach to understanding violent extremism, EU Radical Awareness Network (RAN) Policy and Practice Report;
  • DeMarinis, V. (2018). Countering violent extremism: Public mental health promotion in a public health paradigm. In G. Overland, A. J. Andersen, K. E. Førde, K. Grødum & J. Salomonsen (Eds.), Violent extremism in the 21st century: International perspectives (pp. 271-281). Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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