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Dr Patricia J Conrod  PhD
Clinical Lecturer

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tel020 848 0836
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addressAddiction Sciences Building
4 Windsor Walk
Denmark Hill
London SE5 8AF
location B0.05
3 - 4 Windsor Walk
departmentsAddictions IRG
Applying for NHS ethics approval
Psychological Medicine
Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (IRG)
alsoAddiction Biology


Patricia Conrod is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Lecturer at the National Addiction Centre. Her research focuses on cognitive, personality and biological risk factors for alcohol and drug misuse and the factors that mediate the co-occurrence of addictive behaviours with other mental disorders. Her experimental research focuses on factors that make people more susceptible to seek out behavioral reinforcement from drugs of abuse. She has published several studies demonstrating that personality factors determine the type of reinforcement experienced from substances of abuse. More recently, her research findings have led to the development of new approaches to substance abuse treatment and prevention that target personality risk factors for substance misuse.

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Conrod, P.J., Castellanos-Ryan, N., Strang, J. (2010). Brief, personality-targeted coping skills interventions prolong survival as a non-drug user over a two-year period during adolescence. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67(1), 85-93.

Mackie, C., & Conrod, P. (in press). Developmental trajectories of psychosis-like experiences across adolescence: Impact of victimisation and substance use. Psychological Medicine, accepted for publication.

Woicik, P., Stewart, S.H., & Pihl, R.O., Conrod, P.J. (2009). The Substance Use Risk Profile Scale: A scale measuring traits linked to reinforcement-specific substance use profiles. Addictive Behaviors, Addictive Behaviors. 34(12), 1042-55.

Barrowclough C. Haddock G. Beardmore R. Conrod P. Craig T. Davies L. Dunn G. Lewis S. Moring J. Tarrier N. Wykes T. (2009). Evaluating integrated MI and CBT for people with psychosis and substance misuse: recruitment, retention and sample characteristics of the MIDAS trial. Addictive Behaviors. 34(10), 859-66

Conrod, P.J., Mackie, C., & Castellanos, N. (2008). Personality-targeted interventions delay the adolescent onset of drinking and binge drinking. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49(2), 181-190

Peterson, J.B., Conrod, P.J., Vassileva, J., Gianoulakis, C., Pihl, R.O (2006). Differential effects of naltrexone on cardiac, subjective and behavioural reactions to acute ethanol intoxication. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, 31(6), 386–393.

van den Wildenberg, E., Beckers, M. van Lambaart, F., Conrod, P.J., & Wiers, R.W. (2006). Is the strength of implicit alcohol associations correlated with alcohol-induced heart-rate acceleration? Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 30(8):1336-48.

Conrod, P.J. (2006). The Role of Anxiety Sensitivity in Subjective and Physiologic Responses to Social and Physical Stressors. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 35 (4), 216 - 225.

Conrod, P. J., & Stewart, S. H. (2006). Introduction to the special issue on New advancements in the study of co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. Journal of Mental Health, 15, 615-618.

Castellanos, C & Conrod, P.J. (2006). Efficacy of brief personality-targeted cognitive behavioural interventions in reducing and preventing adolescent emotional and behavioural problems. Journal of Mental Health, 15(6), 1-14

Sully, L., & Conrod, P.J., (2006). An innovative approach to the prevention of substance misuse, emotional problems, and risky behaivour in adolescents. Education and Health, 24(3), 39-41.

Conrod, P.J., Stewart, S.H., Comeau, N., & Maclean, A.M. (2006) Preventative Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Strategies Matched to the Motivational Bases of Alcohol Misuse in At-Risk Youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 35(4), 550-563.

Wiers, RH Houben, K., Smulders, FTY, Conrod P.J., & Jones, B. (2005). Implicit and explicit alcohol-related cognitions: three of a kind? R. Wiers and A. Stacy (Eds.). Implicit Cognition and Addictive Behaviours. Sage Publications.

Stewart, S.H., Conrod, P.J., Marlatt, G.M., Comeau, M.N., Thush, C., Krank, M. (2005) New developments in prevention and early intervention for alcohol abuse in youth. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 29(2), 278-286.

Vassilva, J., Kosson, D. S., Abramowitz, C., & Conrod, P. J. (2005). Classification of criminal offenders based on psychopathy and theoretically related constructs. Legal and Criminological Psychology.

Stewart S.H., & Conrod, P.J. (2005). Special Issue on State-of-the-Art in Behavioral Interventios for Substance Use Disorders. Guest Editors. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 19(3), 195-198.

Conrod, P.J., & Stewart, S.H. (2005). A Critical Look at Dual-Focused Cognitive-Behavioural Treatments for Comorbid Substance Use and Psychiatric Disorders: Strengths, Limitations, and Future Directions. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 19(3), 261-284.

Brunelle, C., Assaad, J.M., Barrett, S.P., Ávila, C., Conrod, P.J., Tremblay, R.E., & Pihl, R.O. (2004). Heightened Heart Rate Response to Alcohol Intoxication is Associated with a Reward-Seeking Personality Profile. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 28(3), 394-401

Conrod, P. J., & Stewart, S. H. (2003). Experimental studies exploring functional relations between PTSD and SUDS. In P. C. Ouimette & P. J. Brown (Eds.), PTSD and Substance Use Disorder Comorbidity: Advances and Challenges in Research and Practice. American Psychological Press (peer reviewed).

Stewart, S. H., & Conrod, P. J. (2003). Psychosocial models of functional associations. In P. C. Ouimette & P. J. Brown (Eds.), PTSD and Substance Use Disorder Comorbidity: Advances and Challenges in Research and Practice. American Psychological Press (peer reviewed).

Conrod, P.J., Peterson, J.B., & Pihl, R.O. (2001). Reliability and validity of alcohol-induced heart rate increase as a measure of sensitivity to the stimulant properties of alcohol. Psychopharmacology, 157, 20-30

Conrod, P.J., Pihl, R.O., Stewart, S.H., & Dongier, M. (2000). Validation of a system of classifying female substance abusers on the basis of personality and motivational risk factors for substance abuse. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 14,(3), 243-256.

Conrod, P.J., Stewart, S.H., Pilh, R.O., Côté, S. Fontaine, V., & Dogier, M. (2000). Efficacy of brief coping skills interventions that match different personality profiles of female substance abusers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 14(3), 231-242.

Stewart, S.H. Conrod, P.J., Samoluk, S.B., Pihl, R.O., & Dongier, M. (2000). PTSD Symptoms and situation-specific drinking in women substance abusers. Alcohol Treatment Quarterly, 18(3), 31-47.

Stewart, S.H., Samoluk, S.B., Conrod, P.J., Pihl, R.O., & Dongier, M. (2000). Psychometric evaluation of the short form Inventory of Drinking Situations (IDS-42) in a community-recruited sample of women. Journal of Sustance Abuse, 11(3), 305-321.

Stewart, S. H., Conrod, P. J., Pihl, R. O., & Dongier, M. (1999). Relations between posttraumatic stress symptom dimensions and substance dependence in a community-recruited sample of substance abusing women. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 13(2), 78-88.

Stewart, S. H., Conrod, P. J., Gignac, M. L., & Pihl, R. O. (1998). Selective processing biases in anxiety-sensitive men and women. Cognition and Emotion, 12, 105-133.

Conrod, P.J., Pihl, R.O., & Vassileva, J. (1998). Differential sensitivity to alcohol reinforcement in groups of men at risk for distinct alcoholic syndromes. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 22(3).

Stewart, S. H., Pihl, R. O., Conrod, P. J., & Dongier, M. (1998). Functional relationships among trauma, PTSD, and substance-related disorders. Addictive Behaviors, 23, 797-812.

Conrod, P.J., Peterson, J.B., & Pihl, R.O. (1997). Disinhibited personality and sensitivity to alcohol reinforcement: Independent correlates of drinking behavior in sons of alcoholics. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 21(7), 1320-1332.

Conrod, P.J., Peterson, J.B., Pihl, R.O., & Mankowski, S. (1997). The biphasic effects of alcohol are influenced by alcoholic family history and rate of alcohol ingestion. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 21 (1), 140-149.

Conrod, P.J., Stewart, S.H., & Pihl, R.O. (1997). Validation of a measure of excessive drinking: Frequency per year BAL exceeds 0.08%. Alcohol Use and Misuse, 32(5), 587-607.

Conrod, P.J., Pihl, R.O., & Ditto, B. (1995). Autonomic reactivity and alcohol-induced dampening in men at risk for alcoholism and men at risk for essential hypertension. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 19(2), 482-489

Peterson, J.B., Gianoulakis, C., Conrod, P. J., Pihl, R.O., Stewart, S. H., Finn, P.R., Lemarquand, D., & Bruce, K. (1997) Heart rate response to alcohol and B-endorphin levels in men at risk for alcoholism. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Psychology, 20(9), 1542-52.

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