Dr Georgia Butler


I obtained my PhD from the University of Greenwich on the topic of impulsivity and risk taking behaviour in clinical and non clinical populations. This included research with recreational drugs users, women with anorexia nervosa, children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

At Kingston University I teach bio-psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level, mental health and brain function, neuropsychology and neuro-rehabilitation. I am course leader for the MSc Psychology (conversion).

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • PhD - University of Greenwich
  • BSc Psychology (Hons) - London Guildhall University
  • PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning - Kingston University

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


  • My research focuses on impulsive behaviour in populations with impaired impulse control,  such as licit and illicit drug users and individuals with dysfunctional eating behaviours.
  • I am also interested in wider aspects of drug use, including the non medical use of prescription drugs and cognitive enhancing drugs.
  • Wider aspects of eating behaviours, including the role of social media and food addiction.
  • Mental health in drug users, dysfunctional eating behaviour and people with food addiction.
  • Mental health in hard to reach populations such as construction workers. In 2019 with consultancy research funding from a SME rail infrastructure provider, mental health in their employees was investigated.
  • Second supervisor to a PhD student investigating the role of oxytocin on eating.

Areas of specialism

  • Eating Behaviours
  • Drug Use and addiction
  • Impulsivity
  • Risk taking behaviour

Scholarly affiliations

  • Graduate Member of the BPS

Research student supervision


Number of items: 15.


Goodwin, Alexandra L., Butler, Georgia K.L. and Nikčević, Ana V. (2023) Impulsivity dimensions and their associations with disinhibited and actual eating behaviour. Eating Behaviors, p. 101752. ISSN (print) 1471-0153 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Burmester, V., Butler, G. and Terry, P. (2021) Intranasal oxytocin reduces attentional bias to food stimuli. Appetite, 168, p. 105684. ISSN (print) 0195-6663

Burmester, V., Gibson, E. L., Butler, G., Bailey, A. and Terry, P. (2019) Oxytocin reduces post-stress sweet snack intake in women without attenuating salivary cortisol. Physiology & Behavior, 212, p. 112704. ISSN (print) 0031-9384

Butler, Georgia, Chapman, Dita and Terry, Philip (2018) Attitudes of intravenous drug users in London towards the provision of drug consumption rooms. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 25(1), pp. 31-37. ISSN (print) 0968-7637

Butler, G.K.L. and Montgomery, A.M.J. (2005) Subjective self-control and behavioural impulsivity coexist in anorexia nervosa. Eating Behaviors, 6(3), pp. 221-227. ISSN (print) 1471-0153

Butler, G.K.L. and Montgomery, A.M.J. (2004) Impulsivity, risk taking and recreational 'ecstasy' (MDMA) use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 76(1), pp. 55-62. ISSN (print) 0376-8716

Conference or Workshop Item

Butler, Georgia and Kennedy, Leonora (2015) A quantitative study of eating attitudes and body shape concerns in elite rowers. In: BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2015; 16-18 Sep 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Butler, Georgia and O’Leary, N (2010) Recreational drug use, impulsivity, risk taking and anxiety. In: 25th Annual Conference of the BPS Psychobiology Section; 1-3 Sept 2010, Windermere, UK. (Unpublished)

Butler, Georgia and John, K (2009) The relationship of impulsivity with alcohol consumption and alcohol related problems. In: 24th Annual Conference of the BPS Psychobiology Section; 2-4 Sept 2009, Windermere, UK. (Unpublished)

Butler, G.K.L. and Chapman, D. (2008) Intravenous drug users attitudes to drug consumption rooms. In: 23rd Annual Conference of the BPS Psychobiology Section; 3-5 Sep 2008, Windermere, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Butler, G.K.L. and Chapman, D. (2006) Polydrug use is associated with self-report impulsivity and risk taking but not digit ratio. In: 2006 Psychobiology Annual Meeting; 18-20 Sep 2006, Windermere, UK. (Unpublished)

Butler, G.K.L. and Harrison, K.N. (2005) Self-reported impulsivity and 'ecstasy' (MDMA) use. In: 2005 Psychobiology Section Annual Meeting; 14-16 Sep 2005, Cardiff, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Butler, GK and Montgomery, AMJ (2002) Impulsiveness, inattention and risk-taking in medicated adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In: British Association for Psychopharmacology Summer Meeting; 21-24 Jul 2002, Harrogate, U.K.. ISSN (print) 0269-8811 (Unpublished)

Butler, GKL and Montgomery, AMJ (2001) Recreational ecstasy (MDMA) use is associated with increases in risk-taking and self-report scores for impulsiveness, venturesomeness and novelty-seeking. In: British Association for Psychopharmacology Summer Meeting; 22-25 Jul 2006, Harrogate, U.K.. ISSN (print) 0269-8811 (Unpublished)

Butler, G. and Montgomery, A.M.J. (2001) Ecstasy (MDMA) use is associated with risk-taking and increased self-report scores for impulsiveness, and novelty-seeking. In: The 24th Annual Meeting of the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology; 17-20 Jun 2001, Banff, Canada. (Unpublished)

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