Chandni Hindocha

Chandni Hindocha

PhD Student

Address: Room 451a, 1-19 Torrington Place
Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London WC1E 7HB


Research Interests: 

I am funded by the Medical Research Council under a four-year PhD in Mental Health. In my first year I undertook three lab rotations:

a)  The effects of high trait anxiety on memory for treat congruent faces under threat of unpredictable shock. Supervisor: Professor Jon Roiser

b) The effect of demographic and environmental factors on symptom dimensions in first episode psychosis. Supervisor: Dr James Kirkbride

c) Integrating unknown evidence in perceptual decision making. Supervisor: Dr Bahador Bahrami

My current research interests include:

a) The individual and combined effects of cannabis and nicotine on subjective and physiological responses, reinforcement and cognition in cannabis and tobacco users.

b) The acute and chronic effects of cannabinoids on emotional processing

c) The effects of acute THC and CBD on memory, psychotic-like symptoms, reflective impassivity and enjoyment of music: an fMRI study. 

d) Novel treatments for cannabis dependence.  

Internal Collaborators
External Collaborators
Professor Jon Roiser
Professor Michael Lynskey (Department of Addiction, IOPPN)
Dr James Kirkbride
Dr Adam Winstock (Department of Addiction, IOPPN)
Dr Bahador Bahrami
Dr Jason Ferris (Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland)
  Dr Caroline Falconer (University of Nottingham)


Hindocha C, Freeman TP, Ferris, JA, Lynskey, MT, Winstock, AP (Submitted ​ to addictive behaviors​) No Smoke without tobacco? A global overview of cannabis and tobacco routes of administration and their association with intention to quit.

Charpentier CJ*, Hindocha C*, Robinson, O, Roiser, JP (Submitted to Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience​) High trait anxiety promotes memory for threat-congruent faces under threat of unpredictable shock.  *Joint first author

Hindocha, C, Freeman, TP, Winstock AP, Lynskey, MT (in press) Vaping cannabis (marijuana) has the potential to reduce tobacco smoking in cannabis users. Addiction, doi: 10.1111/add.13190

Hindocha C, Shaban NDC, Freeman TP, Das RK, Gale G, Schafer G, Falconer CJ, Morgan CJA, Curran HV (2015) Associations between cigarette smoking and cannabis dependence: a study of young cannabis users in the United Kingdom. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 148, 165-171.

Hindocha C, Freeman TP, Schafer GL, Gardener C, Das RK, Morgan CJA, Curran HV (2015) Acute effects of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and their combination on facial emotion recognition :A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in cannabis users. European Neuropsychopharmacology 25(3), 325-334.

Hindocha, C, Wollenberg O, Carter Leno V, Alvarez BO, Curran HV, Freeman TP (2014). Emotional processing deficits in chronic cannabis use: a replication and extension. J Psychopharmacology, 28 (5), 466-71. 

Freeman TP, Morgan CJA, Hindocha C, Schafer G, Curran HV (2014) Just say ‘know’: how do cannabinoid concentrations influence users’ estimates of cannabis potency and the amount they roll in joints? Addiction, 109(10), 1686-94.

Lawn W, Freeman TP, Hindocha C, Mokrysz C, Das RK, Morgan CJA, Curran HV (2015) The effects of nicotine dependence and acute abstinence on the processing of drug and non-drug rewards. Psychopharmacology, 232(14), 2503-17.

Das RK, Hindocha C, Freeman TP, Lazzarino A, Curran HV, Kamboj, SK (2015) Assessing the translational feasibility of pharmacological drug memory reconsolidation blockade with memantine in quitting smokers Psychopharmacology, 232(18), 3363-74.