CBE for Professor Trevor Robbins

Society Fellow Professor Trevor Robbins, Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge, Director of the University's Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, and a Fellow of Downing College, was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list "for services to medical research"

He told the Society: “I am greatly honoured by this award which provides important recognition in the UK of scientific research in psychology and neuroscience that has medical relevance.”

Professor Robbins’ research interests span the areas of cognitive neuroscience, behavioural neuroscience and psychopharmacology. His main work focuses on the functions of the frontal lobes of the brain and their connections with other regions, including the so-called ‘brain reward systems’.
These brain systems are relevant to such psychiatric and neurological disorders as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, dementia, schizophrenia, depression, drug addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, as well as frontal lobe injury.

 Professor Robbins is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences, as well as of the British Psychological Society. He has been President of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (1992-4) and won that Society’s inaugural Distinguished Scientist Award in 2001. He was also President of the British Association of Psychopharmacology from 1996 to 1997 and of the British Neuroscience Association from 2009-11. Last year he jointly received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association.

He has edited the journal Psychopharmacology since 1980 and joined the editorial board of Science in January 2003. He has been a member of the Medical Research Council and chaired the Neuroscience and Mental Health Board from 1995 until 1999. He has been included on a list of the 100 most cited neuroscientists by ISI. He has published over 600 hundred full papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as over 100 other chapters or articles, and has co-edited six books.