Department of Psychology

Dr Sally Adams

Lecturer in Health Psychology 
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4004
10W 3.20


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 


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Adams, S., Attwood, A. S. and Munafò, M. R., 2017. Drinking status but not acute alcohol consumption influences delay discounting. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental

Adams, S., Mokrysz, C., Attwood, A. S. and Munafò, M. R., 2017. Resisting the urge to smoke: inhibitory control training in cigarette smokers. Royal Society Open Science, 4 (8), 170045.

Adams, S., 2017. Psychopharmacology of Tobacco and Alcohol Comorbidity:A Review of Current Evidence. Current Addiction Reports, 4 (1), pp. 25-34.

Mackus, M., Adams, S., Barzilay, A., Benson, S., Blau, L., Iversen, J., Johnson, S. J., Keshavarzian, A., Scholey, A., Smith, G. S., Trela, C., Vatsalya, V. and Verster, J. C., 2016. Proceeding of the 8th Alcohol Hangover Research Group Meeting. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 9 (2), pp. 106-112.

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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