Connecting European Neuroscience

Brown, Verity J.

FENS-IBRO European Neuroscience Schools Programme Committee Member (representative of FENS 2012-2014)

Curriculum Vitae


2011- Present
Head of School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews
Visiting Professor, Queen Mary, University of London
Royal Society Industry Fellow, MSD, Merck Corporation
Head of School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews
Professor of Psychology, University of St. Andrews
Reader in Psychology, University of St. Andrews
Lecturer B in Psychology (accelerated advancement)
Lecturer A in Psychology, University of St. Andrews
Visiting Fellow, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institutes of Mental Health, Bethesda, U.S.A.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, National Eye Institute, Bethesda, U.S.A.
Research Scholar, University of Illinois (Prize Scholarship)


MBA, Open University
PhD, Queens' College, Cambridge University
1985 1986
Post-Graduate Study, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
B.Sc.(Hons) Psychology (Upper second), University College London

Honours and Awards

2012 Fellow, The Royal Society of Edinburgh
2010 Fellow, Association of Psychological Sciences
2010 Fellow, Society of Biology
2001 Fellow, Higher Education Academy (Chair, Psychology Subject Centre, 2009-11)
2001 BAP/Vernalis Prize for Pre-clinical Research in Psychopharmacology
1985 UCL / University of Illinois (joint) Prize Post-graduate Scholarship
1985 Cecily de Moncheaux Undergraduate Prize (Psychology Final Year), UCL
1984 C. G. Drew Undergraduate Prize (Psychology 2nd Year), UCL

Administrative experience

Head of School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St. Andrews
2000-2006; 2011
Head of School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews
Editor-in-Chief, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews (Elsevier)
Member, Society for Neuroscience, Professional Development Committee and Committee for Women in Neuroscience
Chair, SfN PDC “Annual Meeting Workshop Program Group”
Member, UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) Panel A4 (Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience), HEFCE
Member, “National Committee for the 3Rs” (NC3Rs, MRC) Grant Panel
Member, International Neuroethics Society Governing Board
Secretary, European Brain and Behaviour Society
Chair, Higher Education Academy Psychology Subject Centre Advisory Board
Chair, Association of Heads of Psychology Departments
Chair, MRC (Addiction Call) Grant Panel
Chair, NC3Rs Working Party on refinement of fluid protocols in primate research
Member, Research Assessment Exercise Panel UoA44 Psychology)

Expertise in national or international training of students

Eleven PhD supervised to completion; five current PhD students As Head of School of Psychology & Neuroscience, I am responsible for the teaching and training of approximately 70 graduate students each year.
As Chair of the SfN Annual Meeting Workshop Program Group, I am responsible for the programme of professional development workshops at the SfN Annual meeting.

Research interests

My research is concerned with ‘translational neuroscience’ – the interface of preclinical (often ‘blue-skies’) research with clinically-relevant research - and specifically identifying the practical and theoretical issues that sometimes prevent the success of translating preclinical research, and developing strategies and methodology to overcome these problems. The goal of bringing to market new therapies for currently untreated psychiatric conditions, such as the cognitive deficits of schizophrenia and depression, requires not merely the discovery of new molecules for new targets, but also new models and approaches.

Selected Publications

Insel TR, Sahakian BJ, Voon V, Nye J, Brown VJ, Altevogt BM, Bullmore ET, Goodwin GM, Howard RJ, Kupfer DJ, Malloch G, Marston HM, Nutt DJ, Robbins TW, Stahl S, Tricklebank MD, Williams JH (2012) Drug research: A plan for mental illness, Nature 483:269 doi:10.1038/483269a

  • Chakirova, G., Welch, K. A., Moorhead, T. W. J., Stanfield, A. C., Hall, J., Skehel, P., Brown, V. J., Johnstone, E. C., Owens, D. G. C., Lawrie, S. M., McIntosh, A. M. (2010) Orbitofrontal morphology in people at high risk of developing schizophrenia. European Psychiatry, 25: 366-372 DOI 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2010.03.001
  • Petrof, I., Brown, V. J. (2010) Attention to visual, but not tactile, properties of a stimulus results in activation of FOS protein in the visual thalamic reticular nucleus of rats. Behavioural Brain Research 211: 48-252. DOI 10.1016/j.bbr.2010.03.045
  • Herd, M.B., Foister, N., Chandra, D., Peden, D.R., Homanics, G.E., Brown, V.J., Balfour, D.J.K., Lambert, J.J.. Belelli, D. (2009) Inhibition of thalamic excitability by 4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo[4,5-c] pyridine-3-ol: A selective role for δ-GABAA receptors. European Journal of Neuroscience, 29, pp. 1177-1187
  • Tait, D.S., Marston, H.M., Shahid, M. and Brown, V.J. (2009) Asenapine restores cognitive flexibility in rats with lesions of the medial prefrontal cortex. Psychopharmacology, 202 (1-3), pp. 295-306
  • Tait, D.S., Brown, V.J. (2007) Difficulty overcoming learned non-reward during reversal learning in rats with ibotenic acid lesions of orbital prefrontal cortex. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1121, pp. 407-420
  • Tait, D.S., Brown, V.J., Farovik, A., Theobald, D.E., Dalley, J.W., Robbins, T.W. (2007) Lesions of the dorsal noradrenergic bundle impair attentional set-shifting in the rat. European Journal of Neuroscience, 25, pp. 3719-3724
  • Mc Alonan K. and Brown V.J. (2003) Orbital prefrontal cortex mediates reversal learning and not attentional set shifting in the rat. Behavioural Brain Research, 146, pp. 7-103
  • Brown, V.J. and Bowman, E.M. (2002) Rodent models of prefrontal cortical function. Trends in Neurosciences 25, pp. 340-343
  • Birrell, J.M. and Brown, V.J. (2000) Medial frontal cortex mediates perceptual attentional set shifting in the rat. Journal of Neuroscience 20, pp. 4320-4324

BROWN, Verity J. Professor Verity J. Brown

School of Psychology
St Mary’s Quad, South Street
St Andrews, KY16 9JP