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Dr Zoe Kolokotroni


About Dr Zoe Kolokotroni

Dr Kolokotroni completed her PhD in Behavioural Pharmacology at the University of Leeds.

She taught Biological Psychology and Research Methods at the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University. In 2007, Dr Kolokotroni joined our University full-time as a Lecturer and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009.

Dr Kolokotroni teaches at all levels of the psychology course and has particular expertise and interest in teaching biological psychology, drug addiction and research methods. She is committed to undergraduate and postgraduate research-led teaching at Leeds Beckett University and her success has led to nominations for the University¬ís Inspiring Teaching Award in 2010 and 2011. Zoe is passionate about supporting emerging researchers and currently supervises a number of PhD students both internal and external to the university.

Current Teaching

Dr Kolokotroni teaches Psychopharmacology on the BSc Psychology and MSc Psychology Conversion courses. She currently leads the following modules: Drug Addiction; Mind Brain and Behaviour; Biological Psychology.

D. Kolokotroni also supervises PhD, Masters and undergraduate students conducting research in the field of addiction and biological psychology.

Research Interests

Dr Kolokotroni’s research aims to further understanding of the complex and debilitating disorder of drug addiction. More specifically her research explores the relationship between impulse control disorders and addiction and the possible neurobiological mechanisms mediating this relationship. Research within this area has clear implications for health professional practice in developing more effective behavioural and pharmacological treatments for addiction, as well as for academic research into this area.

She is a member of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. She is currently working in collaboration with Leeds Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory investigating the role of doparminergic pathways in amphetamine- and nicotine-induced impulsivity. She also has research links with the University of West London and is currently working on projects investigating risk factors associated with smoking initiation, maintenance and relapse.

Dr Kolokotroni has published her research in high impact peer reviewed journals and presented at both national and international conferences. Her successes led to her being awarded a Promising Research Fellowship in 2010.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (12)

  • Smith L; Turner-Moore T; Kolokotroni KZ (In press), Making and Communicating Decisions about Sexual Consent during Drug-Involved Sex: A Thematic Synthesis
    https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2019.1706072
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  • Round JT; Fozard TE; Harrison AA; Kolokotroni KZ (2020), Disentangling the effects of cannabis and cigarette smoking on impulsivity
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0269881120926674
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  • Leach D; Kolokotroni Z; Wilson AD (2020), Perceptual information supports transfer of learning in coordinated rhythmic movement
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-020-01308-1
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  • Selby DL; Harrison AA; Shepherd TE; Kolokotroni KZ (2020), Dissociating wanting and anticipated liking from consummatory liking in smokers with different levels of nicotine dependence
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106185
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  • Kolokotroni KZ; Rodgers RJ; Harrison AA (2013), Trait differences in response to chronic nicotine and nicotine withdrawal in rats
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-013-3270-y
  • Kolokotroni KZ; Rodgers RJ; Harrison AA (2012), Effects of chronic nicotine, nicotine withdrawal and subsequent nicotine challenges on behavioural inhibition in rats
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-011-2558-z
  • Kolokotroni KZ; Rodgers RJ; Harrison AA (2011), Acute nicotine increases both impulsive choice and behavioural disinhibition in rats.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-011-2296-2
  • KOLOKOTRONI KZ; RODGER RJ; HARRISON AA (2011), Acute nicotine increases both impulsive choice and behavioural disinhibition in rats
  • KOLOKOTRONI KZ; RODGER RJ; HARRISON AA (2009), Effects of chronic nicotine, nicotine withdrawal and subsequent nicotine challenge on behavioural disinhibition in rats.
  • BRIGGS J; KOLOKOTRONI KZ; HARRISON AA (2009), Role of dopaminergic neurotransmission in drug related behavioural inhibition
  • KOLOKOTRONI KZ; ROGERS RJ; HARRISON AA (2009), Effects of chronic nicotine withdrawal and subsequent nicotine challenge on behavioural disinhibition in rats
  • Rodgers RJ; Gentsch C; Hoyer D; Bryant E; Green AJ; Kolokotroni KZ; Martin JL (2004), The NK1 receptor antagonist NKP608 lacks anxiolytic-like activity in Swiss-Webster mice exposed to the elevated plus-maze
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2004.02.005

Conference contributions (4)

  • Smith L; Kolokotroni KZ; Turner-Moore T (2018) A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Sober, Alcohol and Drug-Involved Sexual Experiences: Wantedness, Willingness and Sexual Consent Practises Glasgow 19/09/2018.
  • Round JR; Harrison AA; Shepherd TE; Kolokotroni KZ (2016) The Effects of an Acute Psychological Stressor on Subjective and Physiological Reactivity in Cannabis Smokers, Tobacco Smokers, and Non-Smokers Low Wood, Windermere .
  • Shepherd TE; Kolokotroni KZ; Selby DL; Fisher K; Harrison AA (2015) Impulsivity and it's Relationship to Attentional Bias in Smokers Verona, Italy 12/09/2015.
  • Selby DL; Kolokotroni KZ; Harrison AA; Shepherd TE (2012) The Relationship between Impulsivity and Physiological and Psychological Responses to Smoking-Related Cues Low Wood Hotel, Windermere,The Lake Disrtict, Cumbria 03/09/2012.

Newspaper or magazine articles (1)

  • Smith L; Turner-Moore T; Kolokotroni KZ (2018), Chemsex exemplifies much wider issues with drugs and sexual consent
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