Dr Natalia Lawrence
Senior Lecturer (in Translational Medicine)
Natalia is a cognitive neuroscientist who has a background in experimental psychology, behavioural neuroscience and clinical research. She combines brain imaging and experimental psychology methods to study emotional processing in a range of psychological disorders.
Compulsive behaviour and mood disorders: Why do some people lose control over their behaviour and emotions? Can cognitive training strengthen control over habitual or impulsive behaviour and maladaptive emotional responses?
Senior Lecturer in Translational Medicine. I conduct neuro-cognitive research into the mechanisms underlying altered emotional processing in psychological disorders and use this knowledge to help understand and develop psychological interventions. For example, I am currently examining whether response inhibition training can reduce ‘addictive’ behaviour such as over-eating.
Broad research specialisms:
Emotional processing and regulation, motivation and reward, mood disorders, compulsive behaviour, brain imaging.
Natalia completed a BSc in Natural Sciences (Psychology and Biology) at the University of Durham, before undertaking a PhD in Psychology (behavioural neuroscience) with Professor Jeffrey Gray at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, and in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Oxford. In 2000, Natalia moved across the pond to join Professor Elliot Stein’s group at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee as a postdoctoral fellow in neuroimaging of addiction. She returned to the Institute of Psychiatry in 2002 to work as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Mary Phillips in the Section of Neuroscience and Emotion. Natalia became a lecturer in Neuroimaging of Emotion Processing in Mood and Anxiety Disorders in 2004 and then moved to Cardiff in 2007 to take up a Research Fellowship in the Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. She is now a Senior Lecturer in Translational Medicine, based in the Mood Disorders Centre in Psychology at the University of Exeter. Natalia also holds an honorary post as Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Research group links
|Tel||+44 (0) 1392 724672|
|Address||Washington Singer Laboratories
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter