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Dr Nikolina Skandali MD MSc

Dr Nikolina Skandali, MD MSc

Medical Research Council funded PhD-candidate

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 336964


Dr Nikolina Skandali graduated from the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and subsequently joined University College London to undertake a Master's in Clinical Neuroscience. She undertook her Master's thesis work at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging in Ray Dolan group studying the neural mechanisms underlying changes in momentary subjective wellbeing. Following the completion of her graduate studies, she was employed as a clinical research associate in Ray Dolan group.

Currently, Dr Skandali is undertaking her doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Barbara Sahakian and Professor Trevor Robbins at the Department of Psychiatry and the Medical Research Council/Wellcome Trust funded Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute. Her research work focuses on investigating the modulatory role of serotonin on the balance between goal-directed and habitual behaviour, computationally termed as model-based and model-free respectively.

Departments and Institutes


Research Interests

Decision-making, Neuropsychopharmacology, Neuropsychiatry

Key Publications

1. Dopaminergic Modulation of Decision Making and Subjective Well-Being
RB Rutledge, N Skandali, P Dayan, RJ Dolan
The Journal of Neuroscience 35 (27), 9811-9822

2. A computational and neural model of momentary subjective well-being
RB Rutledge, N Skandali, P Dayan, RJ Dolan
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (33), 12252-12257