Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Honorary Clinical Research Fellow



+44 (0)20 7594 6648k.herlinger




Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





I am a Clinical Research Fellow in the Division of Psychiatry. My PhD focuses on the neurobiology of reward and emotional processing in opiate and alcohol dependence. My PhD has been funded through the MRC Addiction Research Clinical Training Programme (MARC).

I am currently working on several translational medicine and neuroimaging projects: the NCORE study, a fMRI study of the effect of NK1 receptor antagonism on reward and emotional processing in opiate dependence; the ICCAM study, a multi-centre fMRI study which investigated the effects of opioid, dopamine and NK1 receptor antagonism on brain pathways involved in reward, inhibitory control and stress/emotional processing in addiction; and the GHADD study, a fMRI study investigating the effect of appetitive gut hormones on eating and addictive behaviours. 

I graduated from the University of Leeds Medical School in 2014, prior to completing my Foundation training in Central London. I have since worked in Child and Adolescent, Acute Geriatric, General Adult and Addiction Psychiatry. In addition to my research I work clinically in Addiction services in London. 

We are actively recruiting both healthy volunteers and individuals taking methadone for the NCORE study. If you are interested in taking part please email or for more information. 



Fonville L, Paterson L, Herlinger K, et al., 2021, Functional evaluation of NK1 antagonism on cue reactivity in opiate dependence; an fMRI study, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Vol:221, ISSN:0376-8716, Pages:1-7

Herlinger K, Lingford-Hughes A, 2021, Addressing unmet needs in opiate dependence: providing better support for detoxification from OST and advances in relapse prevention, Bjpsych Advances, Vol:27, ISSN:2056-4678, Pages:362-372

Hayes A, Herlinger K, Paterson L, et al., 2020, The neurobiology of substance use and addiction: evidence from neuroimaging and relevance to treatment, Bjpsych Advances, ISSN:2056-4678, Pages:1-12


Herlinger KE, Ling YY, Nestor LJ, et al., 2021, Comparison of monetary reward anticipation and negative emotional processing in obesity, ex-smokers and abstinent alcohol dependence, 44th Annual Meeting Research Society on Alcoholism / International Society for Behavioral Research on Alcoholism, Wiley, Pages:241A-241A, ISSN:0145-6008

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