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Prof. Katya Rubia, PhD, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Research focus

  • Bipolar and depressive disorders
  • Prediction and outcome research
  • Neurobiology (functional neuroimaging, neuroendocrinology & genetics)
  • Treatment strategies and tactics
  • Development of new technologies and digital applications

Official position

Deputy Head of Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry transCampus®, Professor


Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King´s College London (KCL), London, UK
transCampus® Technische Universität Dresden - King´s College London

Business address

Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry/SGDP PO 46, SGDP, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK

Academic education and degrees

1982 - 1987


BA in Philosophy & Educational Sciences, University Complutense Madrid, Spain


PhD in Neuropsychology, Faculty of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), Germany

Professional career

1994Post-doctoral research assistant, Technical University Munich, Neurology
1994 - 1995Post-doctoral research assistant, Clin Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Holland
1995 - 1996EU post-doctoral fellowship, Dep Child Psychiatry, IoPPN, KCL
1996 - 1999Scientist, Dep Child Psychiatry, IoPPN, KCL
1999 - 2001Scientist, Honorary Senior Lecturer, IoPPN, KCL
2001 - 2008Permanent post, Senior Lecturer (2001), Reader (2005), Professor (2008)
Since 2008Professor
​Since 2019​Transcampus Professor, Dresden-King's College London, UK


Honors, awards and positions

1991 - 1993Competitive PhD studentship from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Faculty of Medicine
1994 - 1995Post-doctoral award, Technical University Munich
1997Young Scientist Award
2005Career Establishment Grant (Medical Research Council (MRC))
1999, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015Numerous best poster awards at different conferences
2013Kramer Pollnow Prize. European prize for scientific excellence in clinical research in biological child and adolescent psychiatry
Since 2017Chair, Special Interest Group of Neurotherapeutics, European Network of Hyperactivity (Eunethydis)
Since 2015International member of the advisory board of the NCCR (National Centres of Competence for Research) "SYNAPSY" Synaptic bases of mental diseases NCCR (National Centres of Competence for Research)  project funded by the  Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). CHF 17.5 million.
2019 - 2021Panelist on Medical Research Council (MRC) panel on Non-Clinical Training and Career Develpment Panel
2018 - 2020Panelist for HSO RHF, South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority – Helse Sør-Øst RHF for research projects in mental health/addiction
2019Elected as Corresponding Foreign Member of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain
2019Recipient of the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers of ISI Web of Science that recognises the world's most influential researchers of the past decade

Current Journal Editorial positions 

Review editor Frontiers Neuroscience,
Editorial boardBiological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of over 240, Scopus h-index: 72)

  1. Westwood, S, Radua J, Rubia, K. Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2020;in press.

  2. Lukito S, Norman L, Carlisi C, Radua J, Hart H … Rubia, K. Comparative Meta-analyses of Brain Structural and Functional Abnormalities during Cognitive Control in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Psychol Med. 2020;50,894–919.

  3. Rubia K, Criaud M, Wulff M, Alegria A, Brinson H et al. Functional connectivity changes associated with fMRI neurofeedback of right inferior frontal cortex in adolescents with ADHD. Neuroimage. 2019;188:43-58.

  4. Alegria AA, Wulff M, Brinson H, Barker GJ, Norman LJ … Rubia K. Real-time fMRI neurofeedback in adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Hum Brain Mapp. 2017;38(6):3190-3209.

  5. Norman L, Carlisi C, Lukito S, Hart H, Mataix-Cols … Rubia, K. A comparative meta-analysis of structural and functional brain abnormalities in ADHD and OCD. JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73:815-825.

  6. Murphy C, Christakou A, Daly EM, Ecker, C, Giampietro V … Rubia, K. Abnormal functional activation and maturation of fronto-striato-temporal and cerebellar regions in autistic spectrum disorder during sustained attention. American J Psychiatry. 2014;171:1107-1116.

  7. Lim L, Hart H, Mehta M, Mirza K, Rubia K. Neural Correlates of Error Processing in young people with a History of Severe Childhood Abuse: An fMRI Study. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2015;17:1-12.

  8. Lim L, Radua Q, Rubia K. Gray Matter Abnormalities in Childhood Maltreatment: A Voxel-wise Meta–analysis. American J Psychiatry. 2014;171(8): 854-863.

  9. Christakou A, Murphy C, Chantiluke K, Cubillo A, Smith AB … Rubia K. Disorder-specific functional abnormalities during sustained attention in youth with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and with Autism. Mol Psych. 2013;8(2):236-44.

  10. Hart H, Radua J, Mataix D, Rubia K. Meta-analysis of fMRI studies of inhibition and attention in ADHD: exploring task-specific, stimulant medication and age effects. JAMA Psychiatry. 2013;70(2):185-98.

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