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Dr Sunjeev Kamboj
TP442
Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology
1-19 Torrington Place
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: 020 7679 1958
Fax: 0207 916 1989
Appointment
  • Reader
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

 

Research Themes
Research Summary

Our work focuses on developing novel psychological and pharmacological treatments (or their combination) for addiction, anxiety and mood disorders. We assess mechanisms of treatment action use a variety of experimental methods, including pharmacological manipulation, EEG, eye tracking and other psychophysiological techniques. Current projects include:

Development of Novel Treatments

We have shown that even very well-rehearsed and chronologically old memories, such as those underlying addiction, can be modified through new learning during reconsolidation. We are also testing the effects of ketamine and other NMDA receptor antagonists as these drugs may block reconsolidation of established memories, significantly weakening their influence on addictive behaviour.

Contemplative Psychopharmacology and Addiction Science.

We are looking at whether it is possible to enhance meditative practices using biological treatments that influence attention and affiliative feelings (e.g. compassion). We aim to examine the effects of MDMA as an adjunct to procedures used in psychological treatments (e.g. compassionate imagery) to tackle self-critical attitudes. In addition, we are testing abbreviated treatments for addiction based on Eastern meditative practices or newer forms of cognitive therapy which aim to help people respond more adaptively to intense drug craving.

Experimental psychopharmacology of cognition and emotion.

For example, we are examining the interaction between stress- and ovarian- hormones, using drugs that modulate these steroids, on memory processes involved in PTSD, depression and addiction.

Understanding and raising awareness of uncommon anxiety conditions.

We are particularly interested in developing a more complete understanding of bladder and bowel-control anxiety in which people have a terror of having 'an accident' in public.


Teaching Summary

Undergraduate

Module convenor for Topics in Clinical Psychology (C3107).


 

DClinPsy

General: Assessment and formulation; Terminating therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: generic and basic competencies; Schema therapy

Seminars: First year academic seminars (DClinPsy); first year clinical seminars; first year reflective practice seminars.

Other: Co-ordinator of admissions for international DClinPsy

 





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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