• Psychiatry
  • Research Focus


  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Cognition
  • Decision Making
  • Transdiagnostic Approaches to Mental Health
  • Clinical Conditions

  • Addiction
  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Equipment & Techniques

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Behavioural analysis
  • Computational modelling
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    Dr Nikolina Skandali MD PhD MRCPsych MSc

    University Position
    Academic Clinical Fellow


    I am a psychiatrist working in liaison psychiatry and neuropsychiatry in Addenbrooke's hospital, and the Department of Psychiatry as part of Professor Valerie Voon's lab. I am interested in cognitive mechanisms and how these are disrupted across diagnostic psychiatric conditions, and the underlying neural mechanisms. I am currently working on how neuromodulation with pharmacological challenges and transcranial magnetic stimulation alters impulsivity and other cognitive constructs in healthy volunteers and addiction patients. I use pharmacological tools, cognitive testing, computational modelling, neuroimaging and other neuromodulation tools. I completed by PhD in the Dpt of Psychiatry in Cambridge University investigating the role of serotonin in a broad range of cognitive functions including response inhibition, reinforcement learning and emotional processing with Professors Trevor Robbins and Barbara Sahakian. I previously completed my MSc in clinical neuroscience in thee UCL Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging with Professors Ray Dolan (UCL) and Robb Rutledge (Yale). I hold a Medical Degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. I have undertaken all my speciaist psychiatry training in Cambirdgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust after gaining a competitive NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship by Cambridge University.


  • Valerie Voon
  • External
  • Robb Rutledge
  • Key Publications

    The neural substrates of risky rewards and losses in healthy volunteers and patient groups: a PET imaging study.

    Journal: Psychol Med
    E-pub date: 1 Oct 2022
    Authors: N Skandali, J Majuri, J Joutsa, K Baek, E Arponen, S Forsback, V Kaasinen, V Voon

    The role of dopaminergic and serotonergic transmission in the processing of primary and monetary reward.

    Journal: Neuropsychopharmacology
    E-pub date: 31 Aug 2020
    Authors: C Schmidt, N Skandali, C Gleesborg, TL Kvamme, H Schmidt, K Frisch, A Møller, V Voon

    Dissociable effects of acute SSRI (escitalopram) on executive, learning and emotional functions in healthy humans.

    Journal: Neuropsychopharmacology
    E-pub date: 1 Dec 2018
    Authors: N Skandali, JB Rowe, V Voon, JB Deakin, RN Cardinal, F Cormack, L Passamonti, WR Bevan-Jones, R Regenthal, SR Chamberlain, TW Robbins, BJ Sahakian

    Dopaminergic Modulation of Decision Making and Subjective Well-Being.

    Journal: J Neurosci
    E-pub date: 8 Jul 2015
    Authors: RB Rutledge, N Skandali, P Dayan, RJ Dolan

    A computational and neural model of momentary subjective well-being.

    Journal: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
    E-pub date: 19 Aug 2014
    Authors: RB Rutledge, N Skandali, P Dayan, RJ Dolan