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Dr Rebecca Pope
Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit
University College London
Gower Street
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  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow
  • Population, Policy & Practice Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

PhD 'Neurosurgery for Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Psychiatric Outcome and Relationship to Cognitive Function' (passed, Institute of Neurology, UCL)

BSc(Hons) First Class: Psychology (The University of Manchester)

Undergraduate University Awards:
British Psychological Society (BPS) Undergraduate Award 2009
(graduated top student of my year)

The University of Manchester Outstanding Academic Achievement Award 2009
(awarded to the top 0.5% of graduates, independent of degree subject)

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After completing my BSc in Psychology at The University of Manchester, I was fortunate to gain a Research Psychologist post at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square funded by the Henry Smith Charity and supervised by Drs Jacqueline Foong and Pamela Thompson.  This three year longitudinal project also formed the basis of my PhD (passed) at the Institute of Neurology, UCL: "Neurosurgery for Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Psychiatric Outcome and Relationship to Cognitive Function"

 Links to my thesis publications to date (maiden name, Cleary):

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24876189 [Temporal lobe epilepsy and affective disorders: the role of the subgenual anterior cingulate cortex]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24438916 [Neural correlates of de novo depression following left temporal lobe epilepsy surgery: A voxel based morphometry study of pre-surgical structural MRI]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23642574 [Postictal psychosis in temporal lobe epilepsy: risk factors and postsurgical outcome?]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23246146 [Predicting and preventing psychopathology following temporal lobe epilepsy surgery]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22881990 [Predictors of psychiatric and seizure outcome following temporal lobe epilepsy surgery]

 During my final year PhD write-up, I worked as a Research Assistant in Professor Cathy Price's Language Group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL (http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/Price/).  This project (on-going) aims to improve outcomes in surgery for brain tumours using advanced MRI, funded by the Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre.

My current position, as a Research Associate in Professor Curran's Clinical Psychopathology Unit, is funded by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (http://www.drugscience.org.uk/about/us/).  With the help of my collaborators, this research aims to investigate the neural (fMRI) and psychological effects of single doses of different types of 'medical' cannabis in healthy humans. 

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