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Helen Cassaday

Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience, Faculty of Science



Professor Helen Cassaday graduated from University College Oxford with a BA in Experimental Psychology (2.1 Hons, 1986) and went on to complete a PhD in psychopharmacology at the Institute of Psychiatry, now part of King's College London.

In 1990, she returned to the University of Oxford where she spent six years working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. She moved to the University of Nottingham (School of Psychology) in 1996, employed initially as a lecturer, then as Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor and Reader in Behavioural Neuroscience, before being promoted to full Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience in 2016.

Expertise Summary

Professor Helen Cassaday has expertise in the fields of psychopharmacology, behavioural neuroscience and experimental psychology. Her research focuses on the underlying biology of associative learning processes which are fundamental to normal cognition. This line of research requires the use of laboratory rodents. The animal learning theories and behavioural procedures are also translated to mental health conditions in which associative processes are disordered. Her students have established associative learning procedures suitable for use with human participants, for example to test participants who have received a diagnosis of schizophrenia, Tourette syndrome or ADHD. The majority of recent publications are open access or available via the university repository (Nottingham e-Prints). Earlier articles are available as pdfs via her personal web page -

Selected Publications

Professor Helen Cassaday has supervised 10 PhD and numerous MSc students to successful completion. She has acted as external examiner to 9 PhD students, as well as for Masters and undergraduate programmes.

New PhD applications are welcomed. Please contact her directly for further details of available projects and see the School of Psychology website - - for up to date information on PhD studentship opportunities.

She also offer projects through the BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme -

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