Department of Psychology

Dr Sally Adams

Lecturer in Health Psychology 


Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4004


My research interests are in the psychopharmacology of alcohol and tobacco use; specifically I am interested in the cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms that underpin addictive behaviours. My current research reflects my interests in health behaviours and initiating behavioural change through targeting implicit cognitions. As a researcher I have extensive experience in laboratory studies and large clinical trials in the field of human psychopharmacology. I am passionate about public engagement and science communication. 

Research interests

  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Addiction
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Cognition 




PS50029 Introduction to Health Issues and Health Beliefs
PS50030 Biopsychosocial Mechanisms in Health
PS50031 Communication in Health
PS50148 Multivariate Statistics for Use in Health Contexts
PS50051 Health Psychology Placement
PS50055 Health Psychology Dissertation


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Adams, S., Attwood, A. S. and Munafò, M. R., 2015. Effects of nicotine and nicotine expectancy on attentional bias for emotional stimuli. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17 (6), pp. 697-703.

Attwood, A.S., Williams, T., Adams, S., McClernon, F.J. and Munafò, M.R., 2014. Effects of varenicline and cognitive bias modification on neural response to smoking-related cues:Study protocol for a randomized controlled study. Trials, 15, 391.

Adams, S., Penton-Voak, I. S., Harmer, C. J., Holmes, E. A. and Munafò, M. R., 2013. Effects of emotion recognition training on mood among individuals with high levels of depressive symptoms:Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 14, 161.

Adams, S. and Munafò, M. R., 2013. Will peak provoked craving prove superior to cue-reactivity? Addiction, 108 (6), pp. 1027-1028.

Adams, S., Ataya, A. F., Attwood, A. S. and Munafò, M. R., 2013. Effects of alcohol on disinhibition towards alcohol-related cues. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 127 (1-3), pp. 137-142.

Ataya, A. F., Adams, S., Mullings, E., Cooper, R. M., Attwood, A. S. and Munafò, M. R., 2012. Methodological considerations in cognitive bias research:The next steps. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 124 (3), pp. 191-192.

Attwood, A. S., Rogers, P. J., Ataya, A. F., Adams, S. and Munafò, M. R., 2012. Effects of caffeine on alcohol-related changes in behavioural control and perceived intoxication in light caffeine consumers. Psychopharmacology, 221 (4), pp. 551-560.

Adams, S., Ataya, A.F., Attwood, A.S. and Munafò, M.R., 2012. Effects of acute alcohol consumption on alcohol-related cognitive biases in light and heavy drinkers are task-dependent. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 26 (2), pp. 245-253.

Ataya, A. F., Adams, S., Mullings, E., Cooper, R. M., Attwood, A. S. and Munafò, M. R., 2012. Internal reliability of measures of substance-related cognitive bias. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 121 (1-2), pp. 148-151.

Hitsman, B., MacKillop, J., Lingford-Hughes, A., Williams, T. M., Ahmad, F., Adams, S., Nutt, D. J. and Munafò, M. R., 2008. Effects of acute tyrosine/phenylalanine depletion on the selective processing of smoking-related cues and the relative value of cigarettes in smokers. Psychopharmacology, 196 (4), pp. 611-621.

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