Dr Camilla Nord

University position

Principal Investigator

Dr Camilla Nord is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Psychiatry


MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit



Home page

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Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience


I am Group Leader at the University of Cambridge, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, and Director of Studies in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Christ’s College Cambridge. My lab investigates the neural, cognitive, and computational mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, with the aim of translating techniques and models from neuroscience to clinical applications in mental health. I am particularly interested in combining discovery science with experimental medicine approaches to develop interventions that target disrupted body-brain processes across a number of mental health conditions.

Research Focus





reward processing


Clinical conditions


Anxiety disorders

Bipolar disorder

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Depressive disorders

Eating disorders

Functional neurological disorders

Panic disorder

Parkinson's disease


Post-traumatic stress disorder

Transdiagnostic symptoms


Behavioural analysis

Brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS, tfUS, DBS, VNS)

Computational modelling

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing


Randomised control trials


No collaborators listed

Associated News Items



Dalmaijer ES, Nord CL, Astle DE (2022), “Statistical power for cluster analysis in multivariate normal distribution” BMC Bioinformatics

Nord CL & Garfinkel S (2022), “Interoceptive pathways to mental health treatment. ” Trends In Cognitive Sciences


Lawson, RP, Bisby, J, Nord, CL, Burgess, N, Rees, G (2021), “The computational, pharmacological, and physiological determinants of sensory learning under uncertainty” Current Biology 31: 163-172

Nord CL*, Dalmaijer ES*, Armstrong T, Baker K, Dalgleish T. (2021), “A causal role for gastric state in human disgust avoidance.” Current Biology ) 31: 163-172

Nord CL, Barrett LF, Lindquist K, Ma Y, Marwood L, Satpute A., Dalgleish T (2021), “Neural effects of psychological therapy and antidepressant medication on the brain’s affect circuitry: a quantitative synthesis across three meta-analyses.” The British Journal of Psychiatry

Nord CL, Lawson RP, & Dalgleish T (2021), “Disrupted dorsal mid-insula activation during interoception across psychiatric disorders. ” The American Journal of Psychiatry 178:8, 761-770

Nord CL. (2021), “Predicting response to brain stimulation in depression: a roadmap for biomarker discovery.” Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports 8, 11–19

Weidacker K, Kim SG, Nord CL, Rua K, Rodgers C, Voon V (2021), “Avoiding monetary loss: a human habenula functional MRI ultra high-field study” Cortex 142: 62-73


Nord CL, Halahakoon DC, Lally N, Limbachya T, Pilling S, Roiser JP (2020), “The neural basis of hot and cold cognition in depressed patients, unaffected relatives, and low-risk healthy controls: an fMRI investigation” Journal of Affective Disorders 274: 389-398

Voon V, Joutsa J, Majuri J, Baek K, Nord CL, Arponen E, Forsback S, Kaasinen V (2020), “The neurochemical substrates of habitual and goal-directed control” Translational Psychiatry 10: 84


Nord CL, Gray A, Robinson OJ, Roiser JP (2019), “Reliability of prefrontal-amygdala coupling during emotional face processing” Brain Sciences 9(4): 89

Nord CL, Halahakoon DC, Limbachya T, Charpentier CJ, Lally N, Liebowitz J, Pilling S, Roiser JP (2019), “Neural predictors of treatment response to brain stimulation and psychological therapy in depression: a double-blind randomized controlled trial” Neuropsychopharmacology

Nord CL, Kim S, Rømer Thomsen,K, Callesen MB, Kvamme TL, Jensen M, Pedersen MU, Voon V (2019), “The myeloarchictecture of impulsivity: premature responding in youth is associated with decreased myelination of ventral putamen” Neuropsychopharmacology

Nord CL, Popa T, Smith E, Hannah R, Doñamayor N, Weidacker K, Bays PM, Rothwell J, Voon V (2019), “The effect of frontoparietal paired associative stimulation on decision-making and working memory” Cortex 117: 266-276


Kohl S, Hannah R, Rocchi L, Nord CL, Rothwell J, Voon V (2018), “Cortical Paired Associative Stimulation Influences Response Inhibition: Cortico-cortical and Cortico-subcortical Networks” Biol Psychiatry

Nord CL, Lawson RP, Huys QJM, Pilling S, Roiser JP (2018), “Depression is associated with enhanced aversive Pavlovian control over instrumental behaviour” Scientific Reports


Lawson RP, Nord CL, Seymour B, Thomas DL, Dayan P, Pilling S, Roiser JP (2017), “Disrupted habenula function in major depression” Molecular Psychiatry 22(2): 202-208

Nord CL, Forster S, Halahakoon DC, Penton-Voak IS, Munafo M, Roiser JP (2017), “Prefrontal cortex stimulation does not affect emotional bias, but may slow emotion identification” Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 12(5): 839-847

Nord CL, Gray A, Charpentier CJ, Robinson OJ, Roiser, JP (2017), “Unreliability of putative fMRI biomarkers during emotional face processing” NeuroImage 156: 119-127

Nord CL, Prabhu G, Nolte T, Fonagy P, Dolan R, Moutoussis M (2017), “Vigour in active avoidance” Scientific Reports 7(1): 60

Nord CL, Valton V, Wood J, Roiser JP (2017), “Power-up: A Reanalysis of'Power Failure'in Neuroscience Using Mixture Modeling” Journal of Neuroscience 37(34): 8051-8061

Torrisi S, Nord CL, Balderston NL, Roiser JP, Grillon C, Ernst M (2017), “Resting state connectivity of the human habenula at ultra-high field” NeuroImage 147: 872-879


Nord CL, Roiser JP (2015), “Non-invasive direct current brain stimulation: the evidence behind the hype” Advances in Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation 15(5): 9-11


Lally N, Nord CL, Walsh V, Roiser JP (2013), “Does excitatory fronto-extracerebral tDCS lead to improved working memory performance?” F1000Research 2(219)

Nord CL, Lally N, Charpentier CJ (2013), “Harnessing electric potential: DLPFC tDCS induces widespread brain perfusion changes” Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 7(99)