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Katya Rubia

Professor Katya Rubia

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Biography

Katya Rubia completed her PhD in Neuropsychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich in 1994 and joined KCL in 1995 as a post-doctoral RA on a European Fellowship, after brief post-doctoral RA posts in the Technical University of Munich and the University of Amsterdam. Since 2008 she is Prof of Cognitive Neuroscience. 

The key areas of expertise are neuroimaging of cognitive functions in normal development; structural and functional neuroimaging of neurodevelopmental disorders, most prominently ADHD but also autism spectrum disorder (ASD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), conduct disorder and childhood maltreatment; pharmacological imaging of ADHD drugs and of neurotransmitter manipulations (Methylphenidate, Lisdexamfetamines, Atomoxetine, Guanfacine; Fluoxetine, Tryptophan depletion, Tianeptine, Cannabis, Heroin); PET imaging in ADHD adults; Neurotherapeutics such as Real-time fMRI Neurofeedback and non-invasive brain stimulation combined with cognitive training in ADHD.  

Katya Rubia received the European Kramer-Pollnow Prize (KPP) in 2013, given for scientific excellence in clinical research in biological Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2019 she was elected Corresponding Foreign Member of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain which is given to internationally renowned academics that have contributed to the field of Medicine. 

Recipient of the 2019 and 2020 Highly Cited Researchers of ISI Web of Science that recognises the world’s most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.

    Research

    PONS Centre banner brain scan
    Developmental Neuroimaging

    Our research uses neuroimaging, neurocognitive, and psychopharmacological methods to better understand ADHD and related child psychiatric disorders as well as normal brain development from childhood to adulthood.

    pexels-anna-shvets-4226219-min
    ATTENS Project

    The ATTENS Project explores the potential of eTNS in improving symptoms, cognitive performance and the functioning of the brain in children with ADHD.

    Project status: Ongoing

    News

    New NIHR Funding to explore effects of external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation in ADHD

    Multi-centre study led by Professor Katya Rubia will look at this alternative, non-drug treatment for children with ADHD

    Children playing indoors

      Research

      PONS Centre banner brain scan
      Developmental Neuroimaging

      Our research uses neuroimaging, neurocognitive, and psychopharmacological methods to better understand ADHD and related child psychiatric disorders as well as normal brain development from childhood to adulthood.

      pexels-anna-shvets-4226219-min
      ATTENS Project

      The ATTENS Project explores the potential of eTNS in improving symptoms, cognitive performance and the functioning of the brain in children with ADHD.

      Project status: Ongoing

      News

      New NIHR Funding to explore effects of external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation in ADHD

      Multi-centre study led by Professor Katya Rubia will look at this alternative, non-drug treatment for children with ADHD

      Children playing indoors