Trevor Robbins

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Trevor Williams Robbins
Born (1949-11-26) 26 November 1949 (age 64)[1]
Institutions University of Cambridge
Alma mater Jesus College, Cambridge
Thesis An analysis of the behavioural effects of d-amphetamine (1975)
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society
Order of the British Empire
Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
Spouse Barbara Sahakian[1]

Trevor William Robbins CBE FRS FMedSci is Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Downing College, Cambridge.[2][3][4][5][6]


Robbins received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge in 1975 for an analysis of the behavioural effects of Dextroamphetamine.[7]


Robbins was appointed in 1997 as professor of cognitive neuroscience and was elected to the chair of Experimental Psychology (and head of the Department) from October 2002. He is also director of the Cambridge Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, the main objective of which is to inter-relate basic and clinical research in psychiatry and neurology for such conditions as Parkinson's, Huntington's, and Alzheimer's diseases, frontal lobe injury, schizophrenia, depression, drug addiction and developmental syndromes such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Robbins is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the British Psychological Society, and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has been president of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (1992-1994) and he won that Society’s inaugural Distinguished Scientist Award in 2001. He was also president of the British Association of Psychopharmacology from 1996 to 1997. He has edited the journal Psychopharmacology since 1980, joined the editorial board of Science in Jan. 2003, and became co-editor-in-chief of Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences in 2014.[8] He has been a member of the Medical Research Council (United Kingdom) and chaired the Neuroscience and Mental Health Board from 1995 until 1999.

Robbins has been included on a list of the 100 most cited neuroscientists by the Institute for Scientific Information. In all, he has published over six hundred papers in scientific journals and has co-edited three books: Psychology for Medicine,[9] The Prefrontal Cortex; Executive and Cognitive Function[10] and Disorders of Brain and Mind.[11]


Robbins was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to medical research.[12]


  1. ^ a b "ROBBINS, Prof. Trevor William’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012". (subscription required)
  2. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  3. ^ Dias, R.; Robbins, T. W.; Roberts, A. C. (1996). "Dissociation in prefrontal cortex of affective and attentional shifts". Nature 380 (6569): 69–72. doi:10.1038/380069a0. PMID 8598908.  edit
  4. ^ Aron, A. R.; Robbins, T. W.; Poldrack, R. A. (2004). "Inhibition and the right inferior frontal cortex". Trends in Cognitive Sciences 8 (4): 170–177. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2004.02.010. PMID 15050513.  edit
  5. ^ Everitt, B. J.; Robbins, T. W. (1997). "Central Cholinergic Systems and Cognition". Annual Review of Psychology 48: 649–684. doi:10.1146/annurev.psych.48.1.649. PMID 9046571.  edit
  6. ^ Everitt, B. J.; Robbins, T. W. (2005). "Neural systems of reinforcement for drug addiction: from actions to habits to compulsion". Nature Neuroscience 8 (11): 1481–1489. doi:10.1038/nn1579. PMID 16251991.  edit
  7. ^ Robbins, Trevor (1975). An analysis of the behavioural effects of d-amphetamine (DPhil thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  8. ^ "Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences | 2352-1546". Elsevier. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  9. ^ Cooper, Peter; Robbins, Trevor W. (1988). Psychology for medicine. London: Edward Arnold. ISBN 0-7131-4543-9. 
  10. ^ Weiskrantz, Lawrence; Roberts, A. C.; Robbins, Trevor W. (1998). The prefrontal cortex: executive and cognitive functions. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-852441-2. 
  11. ^ Robbins, Trevor W.; Ron, Maria A. (2003). Disorders of brain and mind 2. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-00456-X. 
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 8. 31 December 2011.