Dr Liat Levita, BSc, PhD

The University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TP, UK
Tel: (+44) 0114 222 6651
Fax: (+44) 0114 276 6515
Room: 2.19



BSc (Hons) University of St Andrews; PhD, University of Cambridge

Research Interests

My research integrates methods of behavioural psychology, and functional and structural brain imaging to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying processes of emotion throughout development, especially during adolescence. My main work focuses on the function of the nucleus accumbens in aversive processes. Specifically, I am interested in how pathology of the fronto-striatal circuitry can affect emotional behaviour, and in how stressful early life events (e.g., neglect, abuse, poverty) can affect the development of the fronto-striatal circuitry, leading to increased risk-taking during adolescence, and also the emergence of a number of mental health disorders in that age group. This work is guided by fundamental scientific questions, but is also designed to have potential application in helping to design interventions to increase resilience and well being during adolescence in susceptible populations. Current research tools: Functional and structural MRI, EEG and psychophysiological measures of emotional reactivity, e.g., electrodermal response (EDA), heart Rate, and facial EMG.

Teaching and administrative duties

BSc: PSY259 - Psychological Concepts and Skills [Module Organizer]

BSc: PSY323 - Cognitive Neuroscience

MSc: PSY6121 - Research Methods [Module Organizer]

MSc: PSY6310 - Brain Imaging [Module Organizer]

Supervision: Undergraduate and MSc reserach projects and extended essays. Personal Tutor: Y1 and Y2

Administrative duties

Level 2 Tutor

Staff-Student Committee
Psychology Teaching Committee
Special Circumstances Committee
Exam board and Level progress meetings


A list of key publications can be found below.  For a full list of publications please click here

Journal articles