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- Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
- Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
- Faculty of Brain Sciences
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.
|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|