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Katy Jones

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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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)

  • Dementia
  • Alcohol and Substance Use

Professional (MRCPsych)

  • Social Psychology

Research Summary

Summary

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

Populations

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

Research groups

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

Current and recently completed projects

  • NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (Co-investigator) £219,073 (24 months). Does knowledge of liver fibrosis affect high-risk drinking behaviour (KLIFAD) A feasibility randomised controlled trial. 2020-2023.
  • Department of Psychiatry, Queen's University, Canada (Co-investigator) ($19,665). Duration:18 months. Title: The use of combined Anodal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and cognitive training to modulate decision-making in healthy people. In progress.
  • MRC Confidence in Concept (Joint PI). £99,391 (12 months). Measuring cortical dynamics of inhibitory control before, during and after Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). Feb 2018-2019.
  • Wellcome Trust (consultant) with Professor Ellen Townsend and Professor Joanne Hort (PIs). Using 'Café Connect' as a Public Engagement Tool. Grant supported 4 x studies about alcohol use in people over 65 (October 2016- September 2017). Completed 2017.

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

Recent Publications

  • TRUNDLE, GRACE, JONES, KATY A., ROPAR, DANIELLE and EGAN, VINCENT, 2023. The forensic implications of camouflaging: a study into victimisation and offending associated with autism and pathological demand avoidance ADVANCES IN AUTISM. 9(2), 116-131
  • SUBHANI, MOHSAN, TALAT, USMAN, KNIGHT, HOLLY, MORLING, JOANNE R., JONES, KATY A., AITHAL, GURUPRASAD P., RYDER, STEPHEN D., LLEWELLYN-BEARDSLEY, JOY and RENNICK-EGGLESTONE, STEFAN, 2022. CHARACTERISTICS OF ALCOHOL RECOVERY NARRATIVES: SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND NARRATIVE SYNTHESIS GUT. 71, A87-A87
  • THELU, MADELEINE, WEBSTER, BOBBIE, JONES, KATY and ORRELL, MARTIN, 2022. A cross sectional survey on UK older adult's attitudes to ageing, dementia and positive psychology attributes BMC GERIATRICS. 22(1),

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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