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Katy Jones

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


Teaching Summary

Undergraduate (A100 Medicine)

  • Communication Skills (Years 1 and 2)
  • Behavioural Sciences (Years 1 and 2)

Postgraduate (Masters in Mental Health and Forensic Doctorate)

  • Adolescence
  • Dementia
  • Aggression
  • Alcohol and Substance Use

Professional (MRCPsych)

  • Social Psychology

Research Summary


I am interested in alcohol and substance use, and mental health at different time-points across the lifespan. I am also interested in mechanisms that may underlie or maintain such problems including impulse control and decision-making.


  • Offenders and staff in forensic services
  • Older adults and retirees
  • University students

Research groups

CANDAL, Institute of Mental Health (young people)

Dementia Operational Group, Institute of Mental Health (older adults)

Current and recently completed projects

  1. Measuring cortical dynamics of inhibitory control before, during and after Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). MRC Confidence in Concept Award.
  2. Pour your own drink: An interactive way to measure home drinking. Masters in Mental Health Project.
  3. Drinking over 65. Using Cafe Connect as a public engagement tool. Wellcome Trust Project.
  4. Identifying typologies of drink drivers: A study of recently convicted drink drivers in a Scottish driving education programme. Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Project.
  5. How staff report, describe and manage aggressive behaviour from patients with an acquired brain injury (ABI) in a low and medium secure forensic hospital. Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Project.
  6. The feasibility of training staff in motivational techniques to enable them to engage offenders in a Thinking Skills Programme at a probation service in London. A randomised-controlled trial. Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Project.

Please get in touch by e-mail for any collaboration.

Recent Publications

Past Research

I worked at Swansea University (UK) for 4 years where I attained my PhD in the effects of recreational ecstasy and cannabis use on sleep and cognition. I then completed a postdoctoral position at University of Wollongong (Australia) measuring cognitive deficits in adolescent cannabis users with elevated impulsivity and risk-taking. Moving from New South Wales, I obtained a Senior Research Fellow position at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre (Melbourne, Australia) where I managed two large Victorian government-funded projects, the first a qualitative and quantitative examination of benzodiazepine abuse and impulsive unplanned crime in long-term heroin addicts and the second, the development of a screening program for alcohol use in GP surgeries.

I have worked across a number of settings, and with different populations. At Nottingham, I am interested in the fluctuation of alcohol and substance use across the lifespan, from adolescence to young adulthood, to mid-life, and into old age. I am now interested in how impulsivity and decision-making has an impact on alcohol and substance use and mental health.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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