Dr Will Lawn
Lecturer in Psychology
I started working as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at King's in June 2022. Previously, I worked in the Department of Addictions as a Research Fellow from 2021 to 2022, working on a project with Professor Sir John Strang and Dr Basak Tas about opioid overdose and wearable devices that may be able to detect overdose.
Previously, I worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit at UCL between 2016 and 2021 on two different projects. From 2017 to 2021, I coordinated the ‘CannTeen’ project which investigated the acute and chronic effects of cannabis in adolescents. From 2016 to 2017, I coordinated a clinical trial which examined ketamine as a treatment for alcohol dependence (KARE).
I received my PhD from UCL in 2016. My supervisors were Prof Val Curran and Prof Celia Morgan. The thesis was entitled ‘Drug and non-drug reward processing in cigarette and cannabis users’. I gained an undergraduate degree from Cambridge in 2012 in Natural Sciences with a specialism in Experimental Psychology.
Currently, I am actively researching acute and long-term impacts of cannabis, and devices that can detect opioid overdose. My areas of expertise are: cannabis, ketamine, psychedelics, addiction, psychopharmacology, opioid overdose, reward processing, and fMRI in addiction studies.
- Opioid overdose
- Ketamine as a treatment of addiction
- Adolescent drug use
- Reward processing
- Using fMRI to understand addiction
I run the 3rd year 'Addictions' Psychology BSc module and teach on the 2nd year 'Choices' Psychology BSc module. I also teach on the Addictions MSc course.
Expertise & Public Engagement
I have delivered numerous assemblies to schools across London about the impact of cannabis on adolescent development and my research into cannabis has been featured in national newspapers.