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Dr Nicky Rycroft

Dr Nicky Rycroft

rycroftn@lsbu.ac.uk

Psychology

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I am a senior lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Head of the Division of Psychology. I am also a member of the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research. I joined LSBU in 2005 having previously studied for my D.Phil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex. My teaching includes first year lectures in biological and applied psychology and teaching psychopharmacology to final year undergraduate and MSc students.

My research all falls within psychopharmacology, or the study of how drugs affect both brain function and behaviour. I am currently involved in projects exploring the off-prescription use of cognitive enhancing drugs, the effects of nicotine on the rewarding value of other, non-drug related stimuli and the relative dependency on nicotine amongst users of electronic cigarettes (vapers) and cigarette smokers.

Courses taught

Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Clinical Psychology) - BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Forensic Psychology) - BSc (Hons)

Psychology with Criminology - BSc (Hons)

Addiction Psychology and Counselling - MSc/PgDip

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mrs Irena Kostadinova SoperDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Miss Emke Susan Evelyn BrazierDoctoral Research ProjectPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Ms Rachel Deborah TeodoriniThe off-prescription use of modafinil and methylphenidate: Perceived risks, benefits and impact on cognitive function.PhD
BSc (Hons) Psychology, first class

University of Westminster

1998
2001
D.Phil Experimental Psychology

University of Sussex

2002
2006
PGCHE

London South Bank University

2006
2007
British Association of Psychopharmacology
2001
Higher Education Academy
2007

Associate editor
2020
BMC Public Health
London Metropolitan University
External examiner

Psychology

December 2020
December 2024

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Vapers exhibit similar subjective nicotine dependence but lower nicotine reinforcing value compared to smokers
Rycroft, N., Hogarth, L., MacKillop, J. and Dawkins, L. (2020). Vapers exhibit similar subjective nicotine dependence but lower nicotine reinforcing value compared to smokers. Addictive Behaviors. 115, p. 106737. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106737

The off-prescription use of modafinil: an online survey of perceived risks and benefits
Teodorini, R., Rycroft, N. and Smith-Spark, J. (2020). The off-prescription use of modafinil: an online survey of perceived risks and benefits. PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227818

Neknomination': Predictors in a sample of UK university students
Moss, AC, Spada, MM, Harkin, J, Albery, IP, Rycroft, N and Nikčević, AV (2015). Neknomination': Predictors in a sample of UK university students. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 1, pp. 73 - 75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2015.05.003