Alex Pike


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Research interests

I aim to use techniques from computational and cognitive neuroscience to understand how cognition (e.g. learning and decision-making) differs in those who are experiencing mental illness – particularly eating disorders. I am also interested in understanding mental health in terms of clinical psychology constructs and processes, such as catastrophizing and intolerance of uncertainty.


I completed my DPhil in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford on eating disorders and compulsivity in 2018, supervised by Professor Phil Cowen and Dr Rebecca Park. Subsequently, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UCL in the Neuroscience and Mental Health Group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (mentored by Professor Oliver Robinson), focusing on anxiety disorders but also conducting some work on depression. I have worked on computational modelling methods in psychiatry since 2017, and also have experience in cognitive neuroscience, including MRI and online data collection. I joined the Department of York as a Lecturer in Mental Health in 2022.

Employment History

  • Lecturer in Mental Health, University of York (2022-)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University College London (2018-2022)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Eating disorders and compulsivity: neural, computational, and psychopharmacological approaches, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

1 Sept 20151 Dec 2018

Award Date: 27 Jul 2019

Masters, Neuroscience, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

1 Sept 20141 Sept 2015

Award Date: 1 Sept 2015

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