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.