King’s College London
Katya Rubia is Prof of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK, where she heads the Section of Developmental Neuroimaging at the Child Psychiatry Department.
Prof Rubia studied at the University Complutense Madrid and was further trained within her PhD and post-doc periods in Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Ludwig’s Maximilians-University in Munich and at the University of Amsterdam. Since 1995 she works at King’s College London. She uses magnetic resonance imaging to understand normal development of cognitive functions and their abnormalities in developmental childhood disorders, in particular Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) but also related childhood disorders such as autism, conduct disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and childhood abuse. Another key topic is pharmacological MRI and PET imaging to elucidate the underlying neurotransmitter abnormalities and the effects of ADHD drugs on brain function, structure and neurochemistry. Recently, Prof Rubia has moved into the field of Neurotherapeutics using fMRI-Neurofeedback and brain stimulation in ADHD.
Prof Rubia has published more than 180 papers in high impact journals, with an h-factor of 56, and is highly cited, with 75% of her papers being cited within the 10th or 1st percentile of their fields. Her research is funded by the MRC, industry and various charities. She obtained the European Kramer-Pollnow Prize for her research in child psychiatry and is on the Editorial board of “Biological Psychiatry”, “Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuroimaging” and “ADHD”.