Biography of Dr Kumari Valentine (PhD, Registered Clinical Psychologist)

​Dr Kumari Valentine (formerly Fernando) is a Dunedin-based clinical psychologist who specialises in the field of mindfulness and overthinking.

She is a Fellow of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists, recognised for her contribution to clinical psychology in New Zealand. Dr Kumari is both an academic and a practicing clinician.

She was a senior lecturer at Central Queensland University and holds the same position at the University of Otago.
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Contact details

​Phone: 022 321 4123





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Published Articles

Articles written by Dr KumariFinding the language to talk about birth-related loss – Natural Parent magazine (online), June 2016

Stories are powerful vehicles for creating meaning. In my work as a clinical psychologist, one of my tasks is helping people create meaning out of experiences that are beyond comprehension. READ MORE>>>

Articles written about Dr Kumari by others

Doctor lauds treatment for self-harm – Otago Daily Times, 4 May 2011

Admitting people when they are well rather than sick has been key to reducing admissions at Dunedin Hospital’s acute mental health ward for those who harm themselves, clinical psychologist and primary investigator Dr Kumari Fernando says. READ MORE>>>
Student voice heard, staff recognised – CQ University Australia website, 6 December, 2012

Dr Kumari Valentine wins the Distance Educator of the Year award as voted by her students. READ MORE>>>

Press Releases About Dr Kumari

Help Available For Women Enduring a Complicated Pregnancy

[Suggest this goes up on its own page complete with page title and description] The lack of help available for Dunedin women enduring a complicated pregnancy has inspired a local clinical psychologist to step into the breach. READ MORE>>>

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