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Dr Rachel Adams

Dr Rachel Adams

Research Associate

Email:
adamsrc1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0365
Location:
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

My research aims to investigate the method of training response inhibition as a potential treatment for addictive behaviours. Recent research has shown that participating in a short task involving motor inhibition can lead to reductions in monetary risk taking and consumption of food and alcohol. The aim of my research is to further understand and improve this approach with particular application to food consumption.

I am also interested in science communication - understanding how science gets reported in the press and the processes that create misunderstandings and exaggerations. Our group have recently conducted a randomised controlled trial to see whether press releases can be used to increase transparency of scientific findings in the media. See http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/insciout/ for more information.

Employment

  • Research Associate, CUBRIC

Postgraduate education

  • PhD Psychology, Cardiff University, 2014.

Undergraduate education

  • BSc Applied Psychology (1st class), Cardiff University, 2010.

Honours and awards

  • BPS Undergraduate Prize for the highest overall grade upon graduation, Cardiff University.
  • Hywell Murrell Prize for the best degree result in Applied Psychology, Cardiff University.
  • Stuart Dimond Memorial Prize for best overall performance in Year 2, Cardiff University.
  • Co-investigator: ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant – Improving health-related news through optimising press releases (2016, £24,994).
  • Supervisor: CUROP (Cardiff University Research Opportunities Programme) – The role of journal press releases in shaping biomedical news reporting (2016, £1360).
  • Travel bursary for International Society for Research on Impulsivity Annual Meeting, Cambridge, UK (2014, $250).
  • Conference bursary for the British Feeding and Drinking Group Annual Meeting, Portsmouth, UK (2014, conference cost)
  • Conference bursary for the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference, Lancaster University, UK (2013, £100)
  • Travel bursary for the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference, Lancaster University, UK (2013, £50)

Academic positions

2014-2017: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

2010-2011: Research Assistant, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

2019

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Level 4 Final year project supervision.

My research aims to investigate the method of training response inhibition as a potential treatment for addictive behaviours. Recent research has shown that participating in a short task involving motor inhibition can lead to reductions in monetary risk taking and consumption of food and alcohol. The aim of my research is to further understand and improve this approach with particular application to food consumption.

Current supervision

Jemma Sedgmond

Research student

External profiles