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Nicola Metrebian


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Research interests

Nicola has a background in Psychology and a PhD from Imperial College London. Her research interests include assessing the effectiveness of pharmacological and behavioural interventions for opioid use disorder.

Over the last ten years, Nicola has undertaken research to develop and evaluate the use of contingency management (financial incentives) in improving treatment outcomes for those receiving opioid agonist treatment. This work has been funded by grants from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). She is currently researching the use of contingency management delivered remotely by mobile telephones (mCM), to encourage medication adherence. 

Other research interests include, evaluating heroin assised treatment for hard-to-treat individuals with opioid use disorder (RIOTT Trial), and evaluating the effectiveness of take-home naloxone administration by lay people in reversing opioid overdose (NalPORS Study).

Nicola is chair of the Addictions Department Culture, Diversity and Inclusion working group and member of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Self Assessment Team working group. She is also a Senior Adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service.


Research interests (short)

Treatments for opioid use disorder, contingency management, Heroin Assisted Treatment & naloxone.  Also, clinical trials of complex interventions. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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