Dr Kolokotroni completed her PhD in Behavioural Pharmacology at the University of Leeds. She taught Biological Psychology and Research Methods at the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University. In 2007, Dr Kolokotroni joined our University full-time as a Lecturer and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009.
Dr Kolokotroni teaches at all levels of the psychology course and has particular expertise and interest in teaching biological psychology, drug addiction and research methods. She is committed to undergraduate and postgraduate research-led teaching at Leeds Beckett University and her success has led to nominations for the University’s Inspiring Teaching Award in 2010 and 2011. Zoe is passionate about supporting emerging researchers and currently supervises a number of PhD students both internal and external to the university.
Dr Kolokotroni’s research aims to further understanding of the complex and debilitating disorder of drug addiction. More specifically her research explores the relationship between impulse control disorders and addiction and the possible neurobiological mechanisms mediating this relationship. Research within this area has clear implications for health professional practice in developing more effective behavioural and pharmacological treatments for addiction, as well as for academic research into this area.
She is a member of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. She is currently working in collaboration with Leeds Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory investigating the role of doparminergic pathways in amphetamine- and nicotine-induced impulsivity. She also has research links with the University of West London and is currently working on projects investigating risk factors associated with smoking initiation, maintenance and relapse.
Dr Kolokotroni has published her research in high impact peer reviewed journals and presented at both national and international conferences. Her successes led to her being awarded a Promising Research Fellowship in 2010.