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 clinicians in the Anxiety and Depression in Young People (AnDY) Research Unit and Berkshire NHS Health Foundation Trust. She also works with industry scientists such as GWpharma Ltd and with preclinical psychopharmacologists. Dr McCabe’s main interests are in human reward dysfunction in both adult and adolescent depression and she also examines 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 (funding Merck, Sharpe and Dohme). 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 Edmund Roll’s 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 to examine the effects of antidepressant treatments on the neural response to reward and aversion in humans. Here she also began work examining neuroimaging studies in those “at risk” of psychiatric disorders.

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 also received the Senior Non-Clinical Psychopharmacology Award from BAP in 2015. In 2017 Ciara was asked to give The New Talent talk at the Brain Prize Meeting on “Rewarding Neuroscience” in Copenhagen, funded by the Lundbeck foundation.

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). She has spoken at the Cheltenham Science Festival and the Institute of Physics Public Lecture series and SciBar in Oxford, Cafe Scientific in Reading and at the University of Reading Public Lecture series 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 also is elected to the Board of Trustees for the UK charity Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP) since May 2015. Ciara is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, since 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. No
  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.
  22. No

Form completed on 1st August 2018