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Professor Ellie Dommett

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Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Institute for Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London and I hold a visiting position at the OU. Prior to joining KCL I was a Lecturer in Psychology at Open University from 2009-2014. Before this I completed my first degree in Psychology at Sheffield University before undertaking an MSc in Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. After my MSc I returned to Sheffield University to complete a doctorate in Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr Paul Overton and Prof Peter Redgrave. During this period I became an Open University tutor, teaching Biological Psychology. Once my PhD was complete I moved to Oxford to take up a post doctoral position at the Dept of Pharmacology. During this three year period I also held a Junior Research Fellowship at Somerville College, Oxford and began a Stipendiary Lectureship in Neuroscience at Lady Margaret Hall. After moving to the OU I continued as a visiting academic at Oxford University until December 2012. In February 2010 I was accepted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Research interests

My main research interest is in the neuropathology underlying Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the mechanisms of action that make drugs such as methylphenidate and atomoxetine effective in treating the disorder. In terms of techniques, the majority of my work using electrophysiology and behavioural testing. I currently collaborate with Dr Claire Rostron at the OU and Prof Paul Overton at Sheffield University.

Investigating the impact of chronic treatment with ADHD medications on the neural correlate of distractibility.

[PhD studentship for Amy Turner funded by Sheffield University and the Biomedical Research Networks, The Open University] 

An investigation into the efficacy of atomoxetine in ameliorating individual symptoms of ADHD: an evidence-based approach to subtype-specific treatment

[Research grant funded by the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation]

Investigating sensory and motor deficits in rodent models of disease

[PhD studentship for Louise Brace funded by the Open University]



Teaching interests

At the Open University I tutor on:

SDK125: Introducing Health Sciences

SK277: Human Biology

SD329: Signals and Perception - The science of the senses

SDK228: The Science of the Mind: Investigating Mental Health


Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Biomedical Research Network (BRN)NetworkFaculty of Science
Cognition and Biopsychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Science
Neuroscience Research GroupGroupFaculty of Science


Externally funded projects

Postgraduate Research and Professional Development - Morgane Colom
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01 Oct 201830 Sep 2021King's College London (KCLU)

£10k for consumables from King's College London, collaboration with Dr Ellie Dommett. For Morgane Colom's studentship.


An Investigation Into Response Inhibition in Distinct Clinical Groups Within Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (2019)
Koorenhof, Loes J. and Dommett, Eleanor J.
The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 31(3) (pp. 228-238)

Repeated intermittent oral amphetamine administration results in locomotor tolerance not sensitization (2018-08-01)
Turner, Amy C.; Stramek, Agata; Kraev, Igor; Stewart, Michael G.; Overton, Paul G. and Dommett, Eleanor J.
Journal of Psychopharmacology, 32(8) (pp. 949-954)

Chronic amphetamine enhances visual input to and suppresses visual output from the superior colliculus in withdrawal (2018-08)
Turner, Amy C.; Kraev, Igor; Stewart, Michael G.; Stramek, Agata; Overton, Paul G. and Dommett, Eleanor J.
Neuropharmacology, 138 (pp. 118-129)

Instrumental conditioning for food reinforcement in the spontaneously hypertensive rat model of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (2017-10-30)
Rostron, Claire L.; Gaeta, Victoria; Brace, Louise R. and Dommett, Eleanor J.
BMC Research Notes, 10, Article 525

Auditory responses in a rodent model of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (2015-12)
Brace, Louise R.; Kraev, Igor; Rostron, Claire L.; Stewart, Michael G.; Overton, Paul G. and Dommett, Eleanor J.
Brain Research, 1629 (pp. 10-25)

Using the five-choice serial reaction time task to examine the effects of atomoxetine and methylphenidate in the male spontaneously hypertensive rat. (2014-09)
Dommett, Eleanor J.
Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 124 (pp. 196-203)

The effects of methylphenidate on cognitive performance of healthy male rats (2013-06-13)
Rostron, Claire; Kaplan, Elise; Gaeta, Victoria; Nigriello, Rachel and Dommett, Ellie
Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7(97)

Effects of atomoxetine on locomotor activity and impulsivity in the spontaneously hypertensive rat (2013-04-15)
Turner, Michael; Wilding, Emma; Cassidy, Emmet and Dommett, Eleanor J.
Behavioural Brain Research, 243 (pp. 28-37)

Appetitive and consummative responding for liquid sucrose in the spontaneously hypertensive rat model of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (2013-02-01)
Dommett, Eleanor J. and Rostron, Claire L.
Behavioural Brain Research, 238 (pp. 232-242)

Abnormal air righting behaviour in the spontaneously hypertensive rat model of ADHD (2011-11)
Dommett, Eleanor J. and Rostron, Claire L.
Experimental Brain Research, 215(1) (pp. 45-52)

From scientific theory to classroom practice (2011-08)
Dommett, Eleanor J.; Devonshire, Ian M.; Plateau, Carolyn R.; Westwell, Martin S. and Greenfield, Susan A.
The Neuroscientist, 17(4) (pp. 382-388)

Teaching medical students basic neurotransmitter pharmacology using primary research resources (2010-12)
Halliday, Amy C.; Devonshire, Ian M.; Greenfield, Susan A. and Dommett, Eleanor J.
Advances in Physiology Education, 34(4) (pp. 205-212)

Environmental enrichment differentially modifies specific components of sensory-evoked activity in rat barrel cortex as revealed by simultaneous electrophysiological recordings and optical imaging in vivo (2010-10-13)
Devonshire, I. M.; Dommett, E. J.; Grandy, T. H.; Halliday, A. C. and Greenfield, S. A.
Neuroscience, 170(2) (pp. 662-669)

The parabrachial nucleus is a critical link in the transmission of short latency nociceptive information to midbrain dopaminergic neurons (2010-06-16)
Coizet, V.; Dommett, E. J.; Klop, E. M.; Redgrave, P. and Overton, P. G.
Neuroscience, 168(1) (pp. 263-272)

Neuroscience: viable applications in education? (2010)
Devonshire, Ian M. and Dommett, Eleanor J.
The Neuroscientist, 16(4) (pp. 349-56)

Effects of urethane anaesthesia on sensory processing in the rat barrel cortex revealed by combined optical imaging and electrophysiology (2010)
Devonshire, Ian M.; Grandy, Thomas H.; Dommett, Eleanor J. and Greenfield, Susan A.
European Journal of Neuroscience, 32(5) (pp. 786-97)

Drug therapies for attentional disorders alter the signal-to-noise ratio in the superior colliculus (2009-12-15)
Dommett, E. J.; Overton, P. G. and Greenfield, S. A.
Neuroscience, 164(3) (pp. 1369-1376)

Design and evaluation of a low-cost respiratory monitoring device for use with anaesthetized animals (2009)
Devonshire, I. M.; Preston, M. J.; Dommett, E. J.; Murphy, K. L. and Greenfield, S. A.
Laboratory Animals, 43(4) (pp. 382-389)

Methylphenidate amplifies long-term plasticity in the hippocampus via noradrenergic mechanisms (2008-08)
Dommett, Eleanor J.; Henderson, Emma L.; Westwell, Martin S. and Greenfield, Susan A.
Learning & Memory, 15(8) (pp. 580-586)

The digital microscope: a tool for teaching laboratory skills in distance learning courses (2008)
Dommett, Eleanor J. and Leys, Katherine S.
Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 7(1) (A9-A12)