BAP Council Member Details

Council Member

Professor Ciara McCabe

Ciara McCabe

University of Reading
Council Member until 2019

Ciara McCabe is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Reading (Head: Neuroimaging of Reward Group: NRG) where she collaborates with preclinical psychopharmacologists, clinicians (Charlie Waller Institute and Berkshire Health Foundation Trust, NHS) and industry scientists (GWpharma Ltd and Forest Laboratories, INC, USA). She examines human reward dysfunction in depression and the effects of antidepressant treatments on the neural response to reward.

Ciara completed a degree in Psychology from the Queens University of Belfast in 1998. In 2003 she obtained a PhD from the University of Ulster on preclinical models of anxiety, involving frustrative non-reward as a model of anxiolytic treatment effects (Merck, Sharpe and Dohme funding). In 2003 she joined Prof Mike Nader’s lab at Wake Forest University, NC, USA, where she investigated non-human primate self-administration models of cocaine addiction. She moved in 2005 to Prof Rolls lab in Experimental Psychology, Oxford University where she developed a human neuroimaging model using chocolate to examine reward. In 2007 she moved to the Psychiatry Dept, Oxford University and combined her interests with that of Prof Phil Cowen and Prof Catherine Harmer in human psychopharmacology with neuroimaging studies in those “at risk” of psychiatric disorders. Here she examined the effects of antidepressant treatments on the neural response to reward and aversion.

Ciara has attended every summer BAP meeting since 2008. In 2008 she was awarded a British Association of Psychopharmacology, (BAP) Lilly Fellowship and in 2010 she was awarded a European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Fellowship Award to attend the annual meeting in Amsterdam. In 2012 she was awarded The International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP) Rafaelsen Young Investigator’s Award, as part of the biannual meeting in Stockholm. In 2014 she received a University of Reading Celebrating Success Award. Ciara also received an In-vivo Training Initiative Award from the BAP in 2014 and 2015. Ciara has recently received the Senior Non-Clinical Psychopharmacology Award from BAP in 2015.

Ciara is active in public engagement and has appeared on TV (Channel 4 Dispatches and BBC1) and on Radio talking about her work on depression. She has also appeared in print (e.g. The Guardian). In 2014 she spoke at the Cheltenham Science Festival and the Institute of Physics Public Lecture series and will talk at SciBar in Oxford, Cafe Scientific in Reading and at the University of Reading Public Lecture series in 2015 about her work on the neurobiology of depression and anti-depressant treatment.

Ciara is also director of Outreach for the Psychology Department at the University of Reading and sits on the Athena Swan Committee and the Executive Committee for the Centre for Neuroimaging and Neurodynamics (CINN). Ciara has also recently been elected to the Board of Trustees for the UK charity Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP) May 2015. Ciara has also recently become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, July, 2015.

Ciara holds the BAP in high regard and believes the association’s strengths lie in its ability to attract both preclinical and clinical scientists to forge strong collaborative translational work.

Declaration of Interests

  1. Have you, in the past three years, had patents or inventions from which you may derive personal benefit in the area of psychopharmacology?
  2. No
  3. Have you, in the past three years, had ownership or part ownership of a company with interests in the area of psychopharmacology? (This would include holding the shares of major companies in one's own name, or those of dependent family members.)
  4. No
  5. Have you, in the past three years, accepted a personal retainer from any company with an interest in psychopharmacology?
  6. No
  7. Have you, in the past three years, acted as a consultant to any company with an interest in psychopharmacology?
  8. GWpharma
  9. Have you, in the past three years, acted as an expert witness, either friendly or hostile, to any company with an interest in psychopharmacology?
  10. No
  11. Have you, in the past three years, held a research grant from any company with an interest in psychopharmacology?
  12. No
  13. Have you, in the past three years, had membership of the speakers' bureau for any company?
  14. No
  15. Have you, in the past three years, accepted paid speaking engagements in industry supported symposia?
  16. No
  17. Have you, in the past three years, accepted travel or hospitality NOT related to a speaking engagement?
  18. No
  19. Have you, in the past three years, recruited patients for industry-sponsored studies?
  20. No
  21. If there is anything else you feel it necessary to disclose, please provide details.

Form completed on 3rd August 2017