The Somatosensory & Affective Neuroscience Group, NSP, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF

Paula Trotter

Dr. Paula Trotter
Lecturer in Psychology
School of Natural Sciences and Psychology

Room 2.23, Tom Reilly Building
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
L3 3AF

+44 (0)151 904 6292

Email: p********

I’m currently Lecturing in Psychology here at LJMU. I started here in 2013 as a postdoctoral researcher, working with Francis McGlone and Susannah Walker on a Leverhulme Trust grant, researching the role of serotonin in psychological responses to affective touch.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Pharmacology and Physiology at The University of Manchester. My undergraduate degree included a placement year working for Boehringer Ingelheim in Germany, researching small interfering RNA technology.

Following my undergraduate degree, I moved into clinical research and completed my PhD researching neurobiological mechanisms of affective touch and their role in depression at the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Unit, The University of Manchester. I remained at the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Unit for my first postdoctoral research position, investigating the neurobiology of resilience to depression.

My research is focused on neurobiological mechanisms of C-tactile afferent (CT) responses. I am particularly interested in the role of serotonin in the encoding of CT stimulation, with a view to understanding the importance of CT activating touch in the promotion of general well-being and prevention of psychiatric disorders for which deficient serotonin function is implicated.