Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Honorary Research Associate







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





I am a visiting member of the Mood Instability Research Group led by Dr Martina Di Simplicio.

I aim to apply cognitive science and theories to inform innovations in psychological treatments by targeting mental processes. My research has drawn from clinical work as well as from experimental psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience. This work has so far focused on:

i) intrusive memories of psychological trauma (e.g., in PTSD) and techniques to modify them;

ii) mental imagery processing biases in psychopathology (e.g., bipolar, anxiety) and cognitive therapy;

iii) cognition and emotion (including imagery) in atypical development in (e.g., ASD, ADHD, childhood maltreatment).

I am a trainee on the Oxford Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2019-2022), funded by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. I also have a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge (funded by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust) as well as postdoctoral training at the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, IOPPN, King's College London. 

For a full list of my publications:

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Lau-Zhu A, Henson RN, Holmes EA, 2019, Intrusive Memories and Voluntary Memory of a Trauma Film: Differential Effects of a Cognitive Interference Task After Encoding, Journal of Experimental Psychology-General, Vol:148, ISSN:0096-3445, Pages:2154-2180

Di Simplicio M, Lau-Zhu A, Meluken I, et al., 2019, Emotional mental imagery abnormalities in monozygotic twins with, at high-risk of, and without affective disorders: present in affected twins in remission but absent in high-risk twins, Frontiers in Psychiatry, Vol:10, ISSN:1664-0640, Pages:1-12

Lau-Zhu A, Tye C, Rijsdijk F, et al., 2019, No evidence of associations between ADHD and event-related brain potentials from a continuous performance task in a population-based sample of adolescent twins, PLOS One, Vol:14, ISSN:1932-6203

Iyadurai L, Visser RM, Lau-Zhu A, et al., 2019, Intrusive memories of trauma: A target for research bridging cognitive science and its clinical application, Clinical Psychology Review, Vol:69, ISSN:0272-7358, Pages:67-82

Lau-Zhu A, Lau MPH, McLoughlin G, 2019, Mobile EEG in research on neurodevelopmental disorders: Opportunities and challenges, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Vol:36, ISSN:1878-9293

Lau-Zhu A, Fritz A, McLoughlin G, 2019, Overlaps and distinctions between attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder in young adulthood: Systematic review and guiding framework for EEG-imaging research, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Vol:96, ISSN:0149-7634, Pages:93-115

Lau-Zhu A, Holmes EA, Porcheret K, 2018, Intrusive Memories of Trauma in the Laboratory: Methodological Developments and Future Directions., Curr Behav Neurosci Rep, Vol:5, ISSN:2196-2979, Pages:61-71

Lau-Zhu A, Holmes EA, Butterfield S, et al., 2017, Selective Association Between Tetris Game Play and Visuospatial Working Memory: A Preliminary Investigation, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Vol:31, ISSN:0888-4080, Pages:438-445

James EL, Lau-Zhu A, Clark IA, et al., 2016, The trauma film paradigm as an experimental psychopathology model of psychological trauma: intrusive memories and beyond, Clinical Psychology Review, Vol:47, ISSN:0272-7358, Pages:106-142

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