Molly Carlyle

PhD student


I am nearing the completion of my PhD at the University of Exeter. Under the supervision of Professor Celia Morgan, my research has investigated the role of important social functions, such as empathy, compassion, and social distress, in the initiation and perpetuation of opioid use disorder. I have also investigated how factors that predate drug use, such as history of childhood abuse and neglect, may affect social functioning, pain processing, and reward-sensitivity to opioid drugs. I am interested in how understanding in these areas may inform the development of novel treatments for opioid use disorder.