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Dr Sunjeev Kamboj
Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 020 7679 1958
Fax: 0207 916 1989
  • Reader
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences


Research Themes
Research Summary

Using theories from neuroscience and clinical psychology - and drawing on accounts from patients in clinical practice - we tackle questions related to the development and testing of novel psychological treatments (or combinations of pharmacological and psychological treatments) for a range of disorders.

Current projects focus on:

(i)Developing novel treatments based on psychological theory for addiction, anxiety and mood disorders within a translational neuroscience framework. We have a particular interest in modifying drug memories by targeting memory reconsolidation. We have shown that we can successfully 'destabilise' drug memories, making them susceptible to modification through new learning. These findings represent a direct translation of basic behavioural neuroscience into the practice of clinical psychology and may have implications for the treatment of a range of disorders. We are currently investigating treatments that may work through the epigenetic modification of genes involved in learning and memory.

(ii) Experimental psychopharmacology of cognition and emotion processes, for example examining the interaction between stress- and ovarian- hormones and drugs on memory processes involved in PTSD, depression and addiction.
(iii)Describing, understanding and raising awareness of uncommon anxiety conditions, particularly ‘toilet-related phobias’ in adults. We are particularly interested in developing a fuller understanding of bladder and bowel-control anxiety in which people have a terror of having 'an accident' in public.


Grant support has been provided by the Wellcome Trust, MRC and Alcohol Research UK.

Teaching Summary


Module convenor for Topics in Clinical Psychology (C3107).



General: Assessment and formulation; Terminating therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: generic and basic competencies; Schema therapy

Seminars: First year academic seminar (DClinPsy); first year clinical seminar


Academic Background
2007 P.Grad Dip Postgraduate Diploma – Applied and Clinical Hypnosis University College London
2003 DClinPsy Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Clinical Psychology University College London
1999 MSc Master of Science – Experimental Psychology University of Sussex
1995 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Neuroscience and Pharmacology University College London
1992 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Medicinal Chemistry University College London
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