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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

Our work focuses on developing novel psychological and pharmacological treatments (or their combination) for addiction, anxiety and trauma-related disorders. We assess mechanisms of treatment action using 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. We are also testing pharmacological strategies for preventing the formation of maladaptive memories in experimental human models of traumatic stress disorders.

'Contemplative Psychopharmacology' and Addiction Science.

We are looking at whether it is possible to enhance meditative practices using biological treatments that influence affiliative feelings (i.e. compassion) or attention. These studies involve supplementing contemplative practices with pharmacological treatments or non-invasive neurostimulation. Our goal is to understand the neuropsychopharmacology of meditative states and to determine if biological technologies can improve participant's responses to contemplative practices. 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.

We are examining the interaction between stress- and ovarian- hormones (using drugs that modulate these neurosteroids) on memory processes involved in PTSD and addiction. Again, through an improved understanding of these memory processes and their modulation, we aim to provide clues to more effective preventive and treatment strategies.

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


Module convenor for Topics in Clinical Psychology (PSYC0023).


General: Assessment and formulation; Terminating therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Generic and basic competencies; Schema therapy

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



Co-ordinator for the international stream on the UCL doctorate in clinical psychology.

Academic Background
2018 MSc Master of Science – Education University of Aberdeen
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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