Department of Psychology

Professor Jane Powell

Position held:
Professor of Psychology

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Professor Powell is currently  the College's Deputy Warden.  This full-time role means that she is regrettably not able, at this time, to supervise undergraduate, Masters, or doctoral research.  She would, however, be pleased to offer advice on specific issues relating to her fields of expertise. 


Research areas

Neurorehabilitation, neuropsychology, motivation, addiction


Professional background

Professor Powell is a chartered clinical psychologist with dual specialisms in addictions and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Between 1989 and 2002 she held clinical appointments in the Drug Dependence Unit at the Bethlem Hospital and the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Homerton Hospital, where she set up and ran a community-based brain injury rehabilitation team. Her current academic appointment enables her to carry out research into theoretical and clinical issues within both her specialist areas, and she continues to serve as clinical director of the community-based brain injury rehabilitation team at Homerton Hospital. She also acts as advisor to the Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre (BBIRCNS) run by the Huntercombe Group. Building on this link, Goldsmiths and BBIRCNS have developed a flourishing collaborative partnership, co-funding a full-time academic post to support a programme of mutually interesting research and a very successful Masters programme in Cognitive and Clinical Neuropsychology.

In addition she provides clinical supervision to practising neuropsychologists at the Homerton Hospital, and regularly act as an expert witness in medicolegal cases of brain injury resulting from accidents, assaults, and clinical negligence.

Academic qualifications

BA(Oxon) MPhil PhD ClinPsychol

Research interests

Research relating to addiction:

Professor Powell and her team are investigating the involvement of brain reward circuitry in recreational use of and addiction to substances such as opiates, alcohol and nicotine using a combination of cognitive, behavioural, and genetic methodologies. She was awarded a grant from the US National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to carry out a prospective study of the effects of nicotine and abstinence/cessation in smokers; several publications have emanated from this study, showing that acute abstinence is associated with deficits of incentive motivation and response inhibition, and that the severity of these deficits predicts short-term success in maintaining abstinence. Her other work in this area has received funding from the UK research councils and the Wellcome Trust.

Research relating to brain injury:

Much of Professor Powell's research is focused on outcomes and rehabilitation after brain injury. For several years she worked in the in-patient Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit [RNRU] at Homerton Hospital, and in 1992 she (along with the consultant neurologist, Dr. Richard Greenwood) established a new community-based multidisciplinary Outreach Team which works with brain-injured adults in their own homes and workplaces to increase their independence and social functioning.  They were awarded a share of central government funding allocated for the development of ‘model services’ in this field, and additionally secured an MRC grant to evaluate the efficacy of the service via a randomised controlled trial. It proved clinically effective in increasing clients’ independence, and Professor Powell continues as its clinical director, chairing its fortnightly review meetings and serving on its steering group.

In collaboration with clinical and academic colleagues, she also developed questionnaires to measure outcomes after brain injury and the effectiveness of rehabilitative interventions; these include the Brain Injury Community Rehabilitation Outcome [BICRO] scales and the Quality of Life after Brain Injury [QOLIBRI] questionnaire.  They have been employed in several studies evaluating recovery after sub-arachnoid haemorrhage and traumatic brain injury, and have been adopted for clinical use by numerous community-based teams in the UK and other countries.

Selected publications

Number of items: 28.


Sharp, David J., Beckmann, Christian F., Greenwood, Richard, Kinnunen, Kirsi M., Bonnelle, Valerie, De Boissezon, Xavier, Powell, Jane H., Counsell, Serena J., Patel, Maneesh C. and Leech, Robert. 2011. Default Mode Network Functional and Structural Connectivity after Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain, 134(8), pp. 2233-2247. ISSN 0006-8950 [Article]

Gullo, Matthew J, Ward, Elizabeth, Dawe, Sharon, Powell, Jane H. and Jackson, Chris J.. 2011. Support for a two-factor model of impulsivity and hazardous substance use in British and Australian young adults. Journal of Research in Personality, 45(1), pp. 10-18. ISSN 0092-6566 [Article]

Kinnunen, K. M. , Greenwood, Richard, Powell, Jane H., Leech, R., Hawkins, R. C. , Bonnelle, V., Patel, M. C., Counsell, S. J. and Sharp, D. J.. 2011. White matter damage and cognitive impairment after traumatic brain injury. Brain, 134(2), pp. 449-463. ISSN 0006-8950 [Article]

Powell, Jane H., Dawkins, Lynne, Pickering, Alan, West, Robert and Powell, John F.. 2010. Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: Clinical, cognitive, and motivational predictors. Psychopharmacology, pp. 1-13. ISSN 0033-3158 [Article]

von Steinbüchel, Nicole, Wilson, Lindsay, Hawthorne, Graeme, Gibbons, Henning, Höfer, Stefan, Schmidt, Silke, Bullinger, Monika, Maas, Andrew, Neugebauer, Edmund, Powell, Jane H., von Wild, Klaus, Zitnay, George, Bakx, Wilbert, Christensen, Anne-Lise, Koskinen, Sanna, Sarajuuri, Jaana, Formisano, Rita, Sasse, Nadine and Truelle, Jean-Luc. 2010. Quality of Life after Brain Injury (QOLIBRI): Scale Development and Metric Properties. Journal of Neurotrauma, 27(7), pp. 1167-1185. ISSN 0897-7151 [Article]

Powell, Jane H., Dawkins, Lynne, West, Robert, Powell, John and Pickering, Alan. 2010. Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: clinical, cognitive and motivational predictors. Psychopharmacology, 212(4), pp. 537-549. ISSN 0033-3158 [Article]

Dawkins, Lynne, Powell, Jane H., Pickering, Alan, Powell, John F. and West, Robert. 2009. Patterns of change in withdrawal symptoms, desire to smoke, reward motivation and response inhibition across 3 months of smoking abstinence. Addiction, 104(5), pp. 850-858. ISSN 0965-2140 [Article]

Anderson, Rachel J., Goddard, Lorna and Powell, Jane H.. 2009. Social problem-solving processes and mood in college students: an examination of self-report and performance-based approaches. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 33(2), p. 175. ISSN 0147-5916 [Article]

Powell, Jane H., Dawkins, Lynne, Pickering, Alan and West, Robert. 2007. A double-blind placebo-controlled experimental study of nicotine: II-Effects on response inhibition and executive functioning. Psychopharmacology, 190(4), pp. 457-468. ISSN 00333158 [Article]

Pickering, Alan, Dawkins, Lynne, Powell, Jane H. and West, Robert. 2006. A double-blind placebo controlled experimental study of nicotine: I - effects on incentive motivation. Psychopharmacology, 189(3), pp. 355-367. ISSN 00333158 [Article]

Valentine, Tim , Powell, Jane H., Davidoff, Jules B., Letson, Susan and Greenwood, Richard. 2006. Prevalence and correlates of face recognition impairments after acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 16(3), pp. 272-297. ISSN 0960-2011 [Article]

Winter, Virginia, Powell, Jane H. and Greenwood, Richard. 2005. The problem of quality of life after traumatic brain injury: Conceptual and measurement issues. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 3(1-2), pp. 36-47. ISSN 1601-5215 [Article]

Powell, Jane H., Greenwood, R., Heslin, J. and Kitchen, N.. 2004. Psychosocial outcomes at 18 months after good neurological recovery from aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage. Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 75(8), pp. 1119-1124. ISSN 00223050 [Article]

Powell, Jane H., Pickering, Alan, Dawkins, Lynne, West, Robert and Powell, John F.. 2004. Cognitive and psychological correlates of smoking abstinence, and predictors of successful cessation. Addictive Behaviors, 29(7), pp. 1407-1426. ISSN 03064603 [Article]

Richardson, Matt, Powell, Jane H. and Curran, H. Valerie. 2003. Effects of cigarette smoking on reward responsivity and cognitive function in brain injured individuals. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 13(3), pp. 365-378. ISSN 0960-2011 [Article]

Gilmore, R., Aram, J., Powell, Jane H. and Greenwood, Richard. 2003. Treatment of oro-facial hypersensitivity following brain injury. Brain Injury, 17(4), pp. 347-354. ISSN 0269-9052 [Article]

Powell, Jane H., Davis, Robert and Dawkins, Lynne. 2002. Smoking, reward responsiveness, and response inhibition: tests of an incentive motivational model. Biological Psychiatry, 51(2), pp. 151-163. ISSN 00063223 [Article]

Powell, Jane H., Tait, Samantha and Lessiter, Jane. 2002. Cigarette smoking and attention to signals of reward and threat in the Stroop paradigm. Addiction, 97(9), pp. 1163-1170. ISSN 09652140 [Article]

Powell, Jane H., Greenwood, R. and Heslin, J.. 2002. Community based rehabilitation after severe traumatic brain injury: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 72(2), pp. 193-202. ISSN 00223050 [Article]

Powell, Jane H., Kitchen, N., Heslin, J. and Greenwood, Richard. 2002. Psychosocial outcomes at three and nine months after good neurological recovery from aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage: predictors and prognosis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 72(6), pp. 772-781. ISSN 00223050 [Article]

Jackson, Diana, Turner-Stokes, Lynne, Culpan, Jane, Bateman, Andrew, Scott, Oona, Powell, Jane H. and Greenwood, Richard. 2001. Can brain-injured patients participate in an aerobic exercise programme during early inpatient rehabilitation? Clinical Rehabilitation, 15(5), pp. 535-544. ISSN 02692155 [Article]

Bhattachary, Sarjane and Powell, Jane H.. 2001. Recreational use of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or ‘ecstasy’: evidence for cognitive impairment. Psychological Medicine, 31(4), pp. 647-658. ISSN 0033-2917 [Article]

Bateman, Andrew, Culpan, Jane, Pickering, Alan, Powell, Jane H., Scott, Oona and Greenwood, Richard. 2001. The effect of aerobic training on rehabilitation outcomes after recent severe brain injury: A randomized controlled evaluation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 82(2), pp. 174-182. ISSN 00039993 [Article]

Powell, Jane H., Pickering, Alan, Wyke, Maria and Goggin, T. 1993. The effects of anti-hypertensive medication on learning and memory. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 35(2), pp. 105-113. ISSN 0306-5251 [Article]

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