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Prof 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
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Appointment
  • Professor of Translational Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I completed my undergraduate degree and PhD (in neuropharmacology) at UCL, followed by a two-year Wellcome Trust 'travelling' postdoctoral research fellowship in the neuroscience department at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. After returning to the UK and training in clinical psychology (again, at UCL), I worked in the NHS for several years before returning to academia and splitting my time with an NHS appointment. I am a HCPC registered clinical psychologist and BABCP accredited cognitive therapist. I also have additional advanced training in clinical and applied hypnosis, and in mindfulness.

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Research Summary

My team works at the interface between clinical psychology and neuroscience. We aim to develop novel psychological and pharmacological treatments (and their combination) for addiction, anxiety, depression and trauma-related disorders. We use a variety of experimental techniques, including pharmacological manipulation, EEG, eye-tracking and other psychophysiological techniques to study psychological change processes. Current projects include:

Development of Novel Treatments

We have shown that even very well-rehearsed and chronologically old memories - such as those underlying addictive behaviours - can be modified by targeting a process called 'memory reconsolidation'. We are investigating a range of drugs that might interfere with reconsolidation, and hence reduce the influence of maladaptive memories on addictive behaviours and trauma-like symptoms. We are currently testing pharmacological strategies (e.g. NMDA receptor antagonists) and behavioural techniques for preventing the formation or retrieval of traumatic thoughts and memories. We are also testing whether nitrous oxide ('laughing gas') can be used to enhance certain psychotherapeutic strategies.

'Contemplative Psychopharmacology' and Addiction Science.

These studies investigate whether it is possible to enhance meditative practices using biological treatments that influence prosocial/ affiliative feelings or attention. In particular, we are are looking at whether we can use pharmacological treatments (or non-invasive neurostimulation) to improve the effects of mindfulness training and compassion-focused techniques. We are also testing abbreviated treatments that involve meditative practices (e.g. yogic breathing or mindfulness meditation) and 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. An improved understanding of how these memory processes are affected by sex hormones, will hopefully provide clues to more effective approaches to prevention and treatment.

Understanding and raising awareness of uncommon anxiety conditions.

I have an ongoing interest in developing our understanding of bladder and bowel-control anxieties, in which people have a terror of having 'an accident' in public. This seems to be a common concern among patients with panic disorder, yet is poorly understood and possibly, sub-optimally treated.


Teaching Summary

Undergraduate

Module convenor for Topics in Clinical Psychology (PSYC0023).


 DClinPsy

General: Assessment and formulation; Terminating therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Generic and basic competencies

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

 

Administrative

Departmental Graduate Tutor (CEHP)

Office hours for CEHP PhD students:
https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/UCL3561251@ucl.ac.uk/bookings/
Academic Background
2018   Master of Science University of Aberdeen
2007   Postgraduate Diploma University College London
2003   Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University College London
1999   Master of Science University of Sussex
1995   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1992   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University College London
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