Dr Kirstie Soar


Research Area

My main research interests include the cognitive and psychobiological effects associated with drug use.  Specifically recreational use of MDMA/ecstasy, cocaine and cannabis, Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and ‘vaping’ of drugs, in particular cannabis and nicotine (e-cigarettes).


I completed my PhD in 2006 with Professor Andrew Parrott and Dr John Turner at UEL, looking at the long-term psychological effects of problematic ecstasy (MDMA) users, and have worked as as lecturer and now Principal Lecturer, and Deputy Subject Area Head, at the University of East London (UEL) in the Psycholgical Sciences subject area. My  research has been published in a number of international peer-reviewed journal and presented at numerous national and international conferences.  I am an active member of the UEL Drugs and Addictive Behaviours Research Group. This group builds on our tradition of studying the neuropsychological effects of drugs, as well as behavioural addictions. I am also an active member of the UEL Substance Use and Misuse Network (SUM);  an interdisciplinary network of academics, researchers and practitioners from different UEL schools,who share an active interest in the field of substance use and misuse.