Dr Lorna Hardy

Research Topic Title: Developing a coping motives targeted brief intervention for high-risk young drinkers
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My PhD and early postdoctoral research has focused primarily on mechanisms underpinning substance dependence and the development of evidence-based interventions, both behavioural and pharmacological. Following my PhD I worked as a postdoctoral research associate on an MRC-funded phase II randomised controlled trial: the KARE trial (Ketamine for the Reduction of Alcoholic Relapse) (McAndrew et al. 2017). In 2019 I was awarded an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship. My aim in this fellowship is to build on my PhD research to develop a novel brief intervention for hazardous drinking young people. Although alcohol use is declining in teenagers and young adults overall, a particular subset of individuals who drink to regulate or manage their emotions remain at particularly high risk of developing later dependence (Beseler et al. 2008; Crum et al. 2013; Merrill et al. 2014). These high-risk individuals require targeted treatments. My proposed intervention combines a number of therapeutic elements derived from motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapies, with scope for online delivery to maximise reach.

Mentors: Dr Kim Wright and Dr Lee Hogarth


Hardy L, Parker S, Hartley L, Hogarth L (2018) A concurrent pictorial drug choice task marks multiple risk factors in treatment-engaged smokers and drinkers. Behavioural pharmacology.

Hardy L, Josephy K, McAndrew A, Hawksley P, Hartley L, Hogarth L (2018) Evaluation of the Peninsula Alcohol and Violence Programme (PAVP) with violent offenders. Addiction Research & Theory: 1-8.

Hardy L, Hogarth L (2017) A novel concurrent pictorial choice model of mood-induced relapse in hazardous drinkers. Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology 25: 448-455.

Hardy L, Mitchell C, Seabrooke T, Hogarth L (2017) Drug cue reactivity involves hierarchical instrumental learning: evidence from a biconditional Pavlovian to instrumental transfer task. Psychopharmacology 234: 1977-1984.

Shuai, R., Bakou, A. E., Hardy, L., & Hogarth, L. (2019). Ultra-brief breath counting (mindfulness) training promotes recovery from stress-induced alcohol-seeking in student drinkers. Addictive Behaviors.

Hogarth, L., Hardy, L., Bakou, A., Mahlberg, J., Weidemann, G., Cashel, S., & Moustafa, A. A. (2019). Negative Mood Induction Increases Choice of Heroin Versus Food Pictures in Opiate-Dependent Individuals: Correlation With Self-Medication Coping Motives and Subjective Reactivity. Frontiers in psychiatry10.

Hogarth L, Hardy L, Mathew AR, Hitsman B (2018) Negative mood-induced alcohol-seeking is greater in young adults who report depression symptoms, drinking to cope, and subjective reactivity. Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology 26: 138-146.

Hogarth L, Hardy L (2018) Depressive statements prime goal-directed alcohol-seeking in individuals who report drinking to cope with negative affect. Psychopharmacology 235: 269-279.

Hogarth L, Hardy L (2018) Alcohol use disorder symptoms are associated with greater relative value ascribed to alcohol, but not greater discounting of costs imposed on alcohol. Psychopharmacology 235: 2257-2266.

E-mail: L.Hardy2@ex.ac.uk

LinkedIn:  https://uk.linkedin.com/in/lorna-hardy-2b034b88