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Professor Jane Powell

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PositionProfessor of Psychology
Department Psychology
Email j.powell (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7771
Professor Jane Powell

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

Publications

Article

The development of a brief self-report questionnaire to measure 'recent' Rash Impulsivity: A preliminary investigation of its validity and association with recent alcohol consumption
Mayhew, Matthew J. and Powell, Jane H.. 2014. The development of a brief self-report questionnaire to measure 'recent' Rash Impulsivity: A preliminary investigation of its validity and association with recent alcohol consumption. Addictive Behaviors, 39(11), pp. 1597-1605. ISSN 03064603

Default Mode Network Functional and Structural Connectivity after Traumatic Brain Injury
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

Erratum to: Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: clinical, cognitive and motivational predictors
Powell, Jane H.; Dawkins, Lynne; West, Robert; Powell, John and Pickering, Alan. 2011. Erratum to: Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: clinical, cognitive and motivational predictors. Psychopharmacology, 215(3), p. 607. ISSN 0033-3158

Support for a two-factor model of impulsivity and hazardous substance use in British and Australian young adults
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

White matter damage and cognitive impairment after traumatic brain injury
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

Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: Clinical, cognitive, and motivational predictors
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

Quality of Life after Brain Injury (QOLIBRI): Scale Development and Metric Properties
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

Reduced specificity of autobiographical memory as a moderator of the relationship between daily hassles and depression
Anderson, Rachel J.; Goddard, Lorna and Powell, Jane H.. 2010. Reduced specificity of autobiographical memory as a moderator of the relationship between daily hassles and depression. Cognition & Emotion, 24(4), pp. 702-709. ISSN 0269-9931

Relapse to smoking during unaided cessation: clinical, cognitive and motivational predictors
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

Patterns of change in withdrawal symptoms, desire to smoke, reward motivation and response inhibition across 3 months of smoking abstinence
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

Social problem-solving processes and mood in college students: an examination of self-report and performance-based approaches
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

Enhancement of face recognition learning in patients with brain injury using three cognitive training procedures
Powell, Jane H.; Letson, Susan; Davidoff, Jules B.; Valentine, Tim and Greenwood, Richard. 2008. Enhancement of face recognition learning in patients with brain injury using three cognitive training procedures. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 18(2), pp. 182-203. ISSN 0960-2011

A double-blind placebo-controlled experimental study of nicotine: II-Effects on response inhibition and executive functioning.
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

The effects of smoking and abstinence on experience of happiness and sadness in response to positively valenced, negatively valenced, and neutral film clips
Dawkins, Lynne; Acaster, Sarah and Powell, Jane H.. 2007. The effects of smoking and abstinence on experience of happiness and sadness in response to positively valenced, negatively valenced, and neutral film clips. Addictive Behaviors, 32(2), pp. 425-431. ISSN 03064603

A double-blind placebo controlled experimental study of nicotine: I - effects on incentive motivation.
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

Prevalence and correlates of face recognition impairments after acquired brain injury
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

The problem of quality of life after traumatic brain injury: Conceptual and measurement issues
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

Psychosocial outcomes at 18 months after good neurological recovery from aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage.
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

Cognitive and psychological correlates of smoking abstinence, and predictors of successful cessation
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

Effects of cigarette smoking on reward responsivity and cognitive function in brain injured individuals
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

Treatment of oro-facial hypersensitivity following brain injury
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

Smoking, reward responsiveness, and response inhibition: tests of an incentive motivational model.
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

Community based rehabilitation after severe traumatic brain injury: a randomised controlled trial
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

Psychosocial outcomes at three and nine months after good neurological recovery from aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage: predictors and prognosis
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

Cigarette smoking and attention to signals of reward and threat in the Stroop paradigm
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

Recreational use of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or ‘ecstasy’: evidence for cognitive impairment
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

The effect of aerobic training on rehabilitation outcomes after recent severe brain injury: A randomized controlled evaluation
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

Can brain-injured patients participate in an aerobic exercise programme during early inpatient rehabilitation?
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

The effects of anti-hypertensive medication on learning and memory
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

Research

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.