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Dr Sunjeev Kamboj

Dr Sunjeev Kamboj

Address

TP442
Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology
1-19 Torrington Place
London
WC1E 6BT

Appointments

  • Reader
    Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL

2005-03-01

Research Themes

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.

'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. 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.

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.


Award year Qualification Institution
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


Collaborators

Keywords

Amnesia|*|Drug addiction|*|Emotion|*|Human psychopharmacology of opioids and benzodiazepines Emotional processing and memory|*|Memory|*|Neuropsychological testing|*|Psychopharmacology|*|Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)