Katherine Herlinger

Clinical Research Fellow


I am a Clinical Research Fellow in the Division of Psychiatry. My PhD focuses on the neurobiology of reward and emotional processing in opiate and alcohol dependence. My PhD has been funded through the MRC Addiction Research Clinical Training Programme (MARC).

I am currently working on several translational medicine and neuroimaging projects: the NCORE study, a fMRI study of the effect of NK1 receptor antagonism on reward and emotional processing in opiate dependence; the ICCAM study, a multi-centre fMRI study which investigated the effects of opioid, dopamine and NK1 receptor antagonism on brain pathways involved in reward, inhibitory control and stress/emotional processing in addiction; and the GHADD study, a fMRI study investigating the effect of appetitive gut hormones on eating and addictive behaviours.

I graduated from the University of Leeds Medical School in 2014, prior to completing my Foundation training in Central London. I have since worked in Child and Adolescent, Acute Geriatric, General Adult and Addiction Psychiatry. In addition to my research I work clinically in Addiction services in London.