Dr Danielle Selby
About Dr Danielle Selby
Danielle completed her PhD in the field of drug addiction at Leeds Beckett University. Before beginning her doctorate, she worked in mental health services as an Assistant Psychologist for the NHS, and as a Research Assistant at both the University of Manchester and at the University of Leeds.
Danielle primarily teaches biological psychology and research methods on both the onsite Undergraduate Psychology course and on the online MSc Psychology Conversion course. Her research explores the relationship between impulsivity and cue reactivity in addictive behaviours.
Danielle's teaching is primarily focused on biological psychology modules at both Undergraduate and Master's level. These include Mind Brain and Behaviour and Behavioural Neuroscience (onsite) and The Embodied Mind (delivered via distance learning). She has also has a passion for teaching quantitative research methods at all levels.
Danielle supervises PhD, Master's and Undergraduate students conducting research into drug and food addictions.
Danielle’s research interests lie in drug addiction and other reward-related behaviours, such as gambling and food addictions. In particular, she is interested in how deficits in impulse control can contribute to the initiation and maintenance of drug-taking behaviours, and jeopardise attempts to remain substance free. She is also interested in the role of drug-related cues in addiction, in particular how paraphernalia linked to drug use may influence attentional processes, craving for drugs and alter psychophysiological responding. A greater understanding of how impulsivity and cue reactivity interact to fuel the addiction cycle may be useful in informing the development of more effective interventions to aid drug cessation.
Danielle is a member of the International Society for Research on Impulsivity and the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society.