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Dr Cathy Montgomery

Dr Cathy Montgomery

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Biography

Dr Cathy Montgomery is a Reader in Psychopharmacology at Liverpool John Moores University. Dr Montgomery’s PhD research investigated the effects of the recreational drugs ecstasy, cannabis and cocaine on working memory and the fractionated model of executive functioning. Since this time, her research has developed to investigate the effects of drugs on various aspects of cognitive function and their neurophysiological, neuroendocrine and neuroelectric effects. Since 2006 Cathy has been Honorary Secretary of the Psychobiology Section of the British Psychological Society which involves conference organisation and delegating for the Chair of the committee.

She is particularly interested in using neuroimaging techniques such as functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy and EEG to investigate brain indices of impaired cognitive function in drug users. Her work in this area has resulted in the supervision of a number of postgraduate research students.

Teaching:

5205PSYSCI Careers & Employability
6000PSYSCI - Psychology Dissertation
6011PSYSCI - Cognitive Neuroscience
6017PSYSCI - Substance Use: Theoretical, Psychological & Applied Perspectives
6027NATSCI - Neurobiology
7100HEAPSY - Empirical Project
7029PHEALT - Addictions Policy and Interventions

The work of the substance use group attracts media interest. The ecstasy-related research has been reported in the National press in March and April 2005 (Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Independent) and in the Regional press in March 2005 (Belfast Telegraph, Liverpool Daily Post, Scottish Daily Express, Western Morning News, Yorkshire Post). International news agencies have also reported aspects of our work (Reuters, March 2005).

The group was also represented by Dr Montgomery on Channel 4’s much publicised Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial (September 2012), and we have ongoing relationships with local television (BBC Look North, BBC North West News; 2012, 2013, 2014), Granada reports (2015).

If you work in media and would like to speak to Dr Montgomery, please contact c.n.doran@ljmu.ac.uk.

Degrees

2006, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD (Psychopharmacology)
2006, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PgCert LTHE
2002, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology

Academic appointments

Reader in Psychopharmacology, Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 - present
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2007 - 2012
Lecturer and Enterprise Champion, School of Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2005 - 2007

Publications

Highlighted publications

Roberts CA, Jones A, Montgomery C. 2016. Meta-analysis of molecular imaging of serotonin transporters in ecstasy/polydrug users Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 63 :158-167 >DOI

Roberts CA, Montgomery C. 2015. Cortical oxygenation suggests increased effort during cognitive inhibition in ecstasy polydrug users Journal of Psychopharmacology, 29 :1170-1181 >DOI

Roberts CA, Wetherell MA, Fisk JE, Montgomery C. 2015. Differences in prefrontal blood oxygenation during an acute multitasking stressor in ecstasy polydrug users. Psychological Medicine, 45 :395-406 >DOI >Link

Wetherell MA, Montgomery C. 2014. Basal functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and psychological distress in recreational ecstasy polydrug users Psychopharmacology, 231 :1365-1375 >DOI

Roberts CA, Fairclough SH, McGlone FP, Fisk JE, Montgomery C. 2013. Electrophysiological Evidence of Atypical Processing Underlying Mental Set Shifting in Ecstasy Polydrug and Polydrug Users EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 21 :507-515 >DOI >Link

Roberts CA, Fairclough SF, Fisk JE, Tames F, Montgomery CA. 2013. ERP evidence suggests executive dysfunction in ecstasy polydrug users Curran HV. Psychopharmacology, 3 :375-388 >DOI

Roberts CA, Fairclough S, Fisk JE, Tames FT, Montgomery C. 2013. Electrophysiological indices of response inhibition in human polydrug users. J Psychopharmacol, 27 :779-789 >DOI >Link

Journal article

Ogden RS, Mackenzie-Phelan R, Montgomery C, Fisk J, Wearden J. 2018. Executive processes and timing: comparing timing with and without reference memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, >DOI

Roberts CA, Quednow BB, Montgomery C, Parrott AC. 2018. MDMA and brain activity during neurocognitive performance: An overview of neuroimaging studies with abstinent 'Ecstasy' users NEUROSCIENCE AND BIOBEHAVIORAL REVIEWS, 84 :470-482 >DOI >Link

Parrott AC, Downey LA, Roberts CA, Montgomery C, Bruno R, Fox HC. 2017. Recreational 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or 'ecstasy': Current perspective and future research prospects. J Psychopharmacol, :269881117711922-269881117711922 >DOI >Link

Montgomery C, Fisk JE, Roberts CA. 2017. Updating of working memory in ecstasy polydrug users: Findings from fNIRS HUMAN PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL, 32 >DOI >Link

Roberts CA, Jones A, Montgomery CA. 2016. Meta-analysis of executive functioning in ecstasy/polydrug users PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE, 8 :1581-1596 >DOI

Stock R, Fisk JE, Montgomery CA. 2016. Measures of Bayesian Reasoning Performance on ‘Normal’and ‘Natural’Frequency Tasks The Journal of General Psychology, 3 :185-214 >DOI

Roberts CA, Jones A, Montgomery C. 2016. Meta-analysis of molecular imaging of serotonin transporters in ecstasy/polydrug users Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 63 :158-167 >DOI

Wetherell M, Montgomery CA, Smith M. 2015. The effects of anticipated challenge on indices of diurnal cortisol secretion in recreational users of ecstasy Psychoneuroendocrinology, :58-58

Roberts CA, Montgomery C. 2015. Cortical oxygenation suggests increased effort during cognitive inhibition in ecstasy polydrug users Journal of Psychopharmacology, 29 :1170-1181 >DOI

Roberts CA, Montgomery C. 2015. fNIRS suggests increased effort during executive access in ecstasy polydrug users. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 232 :1571-1582 >DOI >Link

Roberts CA, Wetherell MA, Fisk JE, Montgomery C. 2015. Differences in prefrontal blood oxygenation during an acute multitasking stressor in ecstasy polydrug users. Psychological Medicine, 45 :395-406 >DOI >Link

Parrott AC, Montgomery C, Wetherell MA, Downey LA, Stough C, Scholey AB. 2014. MDMA, cortisol, and heightened stress in recreational ecstasy users BEHAVIOURAL PHARMACOLOGY, 25 :458-472 >DOI >Link

Fisk J, Morley AM, Hadjiefthyvoulou F, Montgomery CA. 2014. Reasoning deficits among illicit drug users are associated with aspects of cannabis use Cognitive Psychology, 4 :523-534 >DOI

Montgomery CA. 2014. Prospective memory deficits in illicit polydrug users are associated with the average long-term typical dose of ecstasy typically consumed in a single session. Neuropsychology, 1 :43-54 >DOI

Fisk JE, Gallagher DT, Hadjiefthyvoulou F, Montgomery C. 2014. Temporal and visual source memory deficits among ecstasy/polydrug users Human Psychopharmacology, 29 :172-182 >DOI

Wetherell MA, Montgomery C. 2014. Basal functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and psychological distress in recreational ecstasy polydrug users Psychopharmacology, 231 :1365-1375 >DOI

Fisk JE, Gallagher DT, Hadjiefthyvoulou F, Montgomery C. 2014. Temporal and visual source memory deficits among ecstasy/polydrug users HUMAN PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL, 29 :172-182 >DOI >Link

Roberts CA, Fairclough SH, McGlone FP, Fisk JE, Montgomery C. 2013. Electrophysiological Evidence of Atypical Processing Underlying Mental Set Shifting in Ecstasy Polydrug and Polydrug Users EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 21 :507-515 >DOI >Link

Wetherell MA, Montgomery C. 2013. Basal functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and psychological distress in recreational ecstasy polydrug users Psychopharmacology, :1-11 >DOI

Roberts CA, Fairclough SF, Fisk JE, Tames F, Montgomery CA. 2013. ERP evidence suggests executive dysfunction in ecstasy polydrug users Curran HV. Psychopharmacology, 3 :375-388 >DOI

Roberts CA, Fairclough S, Fisk JE, Tames FT, Montgomery C. 2013. Electrophysiological indices of response inhibition in human polydrug users. J Psychopharmacol, 27 :779-789 >DOI >Link

Hadjiefthyvoulou F, Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Bridges N. 2012. Self-reports of executive dysfunction in current ecstasy/polydrug Users. Cogn Behav Neurol, 25 :128-138 >DOI >Link

Ogden R, Montgomery C. 2012. High time PSYCHOLOGIST, 25 :590-592 >Link

Gallagher DT, Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Judge J, Robinson SJ, Taylor PJ. 2012. Effects of ecstasy/polydrug use on memory for associative information Psychopharmacology, 222 :579-591 >DOI

Montgomery C, Fisk JE, Murphy PN, Ryland I, Hilton J. 2012. The effects of heavy social drinking on executive function: A systematic review and meta-analytic study of existing literature and new empirical findings Human Psychopharmacology, 27 :187-199 >DOI

Murphy PN, Bruno R, Ryland I, Wareing M, Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Hilton J. 2012. The effects of 'ecstasy' (MDMA) on visuospatial memory performance: Findings from a systematic review with meta-analyses Human Psychopharmacology, 27 :113-138 >DOI

Montgomery C, Seddon AL, Fisk JE, Murphy PN, Jansari A. 2012. Cannabis-related deficits in real-world memory. Hum Psychopharmacol, 27 :217-225 >DOI >Link

Gallagher DT, Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Judge J, Robinson SJ, Taylor PJ. 2012. Effects of ecstasy/polydrug use on memory for associative information Psychopharmacology, :1-13

Hadjiefthyvoulou F, Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Bridges N. 2011. The role of executive processes in accounting for prospective memory deficits in ecstasy/polydrug users Open Addiction Journal, 4 :20-21

Hadjiefthyvoulou F, Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Bridges N. 2011. Prospective memory functioning among ecstasy/polydrug users: evidence from the Cambridge Prospective Memory Test (CAMPROMPT) Psychopharmacology, :1-14

Fisk JE, Murphy PN, Montgomery C, Hadjiefthyvoulou F. 2011. Modelling the adverse effects associated with ecstasy (MDMA) usage Open Addiction Journal, 4 :30-31

Murphy PN, Erwin PG, Maciver L, Fisk JE, Larkin D, Wareing M, Montgomery C, Hilton J, Tames FJ, Bradley B, Yanulevitch K, Ralley R. 2011. The relationships of 'ecstasy' (MDMA) and cannabis use to impaired executive inhibition and access to semantic long-term memory HUMAN PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL, 26 :460-469 >DOI >Link

Ogden RS, Wearden JH, Gallagher DT, Montgomery C. 2011. The effect of alcohol administration on human timing: a comparison of prospective timing, retrospective timing and passage of time judgements. Acta Psychologica, >DOI

Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Hadjiefthyvoulou F. 2011. Visuospatial working memory impairment in current and previous ecstasy/polydrug users HUMAN PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL, 26 :313-321 >DOI >Link

Ogden RS, Wearden JH, Gallagher DT, Montgomery C. 2011. The effect of alcohol administration on human timing: a comparison of prospective timing, retrospective timing and passage of time judgements. Acta Psychol (Amst), 138 :254-262 >DOI >Link

Fisk JE, Murphy PN, Montgomery C, Wareing M. 2011. COMMENT ON HALPERN ET AL. (2011) ADDICTION, 106 :1368-1369 >Link

Hadjiefthyvoulou F, Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Bridges N. 2011. Prospective memory functioning among ecstasy/polydrug users: evidence from the Cambridge Prospective Memory Test (CAMPROMPT) PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 215 :761-774 >DOI >Link

Ogden RS, Salominaite E, Jones LA, Fisk JE, Montgomery C. 2011. The role of executive functions in human prospective interval timing Acta Psychologica, >DOI

Montgomery C, Ashmore KV, Jansari A. 2011. The effects of a modest dose of alcohol on executive functioning and prospective memory. Hum Psychopharmacol, 26 :208-215 >DOI >Link

Hadjiefthyvoulou F, Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Bridges N. 2011. Everyday and prospective memory deficits in ecstasy/polydrug users JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 25 :453-464 >DOI >Link

Fisk JE, Murphy PN, Montgomery C, Hadjiefthyvoulou F. 2011. Modelling the adverse effects associated with ecstasy use. Addiction, 106 :798-805 >DOI >Link

Montgomery C, Hatton NP, Fisk JE, Ogden RS, Jansari A. 2010. Assessing the functional significance of ecstasy-related memory deficits using a virtual paradigm. Hum Psychopharmacol, 25 :318-325 >DOI >Link

Montgomery C, Field M, Atkinson AM, Cole JC, Goudie AJ, Sumnall HR. 2010. Effects of alcohol preload on attentional bias towards cocaine-related cues. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 210 :365-375 >DOI >Link

Craig L, Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Murphy PN, Wareing M. 2010. Is emotional intelligence impaired in ecstasy-polydrug users? JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 24 :221-231 >DOI >Link

Fisk JE, Montgomery C. 2009. Evidence for selective executive function deficits in ecstasy/polydrug users JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 23 :40-50 >DOI >Link

Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Murphy PN. 2009. The Association Between the Negative Effects Attributed to Ecstasy Use and Measures of Cognition and Mood Among Users EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 17 :326-336 >DOI >Link

Fisk JE, Montgomery C. 2009. Sleep Impairment in Ecstasy/Polydrug and Cannabis-Only Users AMERICAN JOURNAL ON ADDICTIONS, 18 :430-437 >DOI >Link

Murphy PN, Erwin PG, MacIver L, Fisk JE, Wareing M, Montgomery C. 2009. Does Ecstasy (MDMA) Impair Inhibitory Executive Functioning? NEUROPSYCHOBIOLOGY, 60 :219-219 >Link

Murphy PN, Wareing M, Fisk JE, Montgomery C. 2009. Executive Working Memory Deficits in Abstinent Ecstasy/MDMA Users: A Critical Review NEUROPSYCHOBIOLOGY, 60 :159-175 >DOI >Link

Murphy P, Erwin PG, Wareing M, Blackman L, Yanulevitch K, Keane E, Fisk JE, Maclver L, O'Connor T, Montgomery C. 2008. Time since cannabis use cessation: Implications for mood and IQ performance INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 43 :589-589 >Link

Fisk JE, Montgomery C. 2008. Real-world memory and executive processes in cannabis users and non-users JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, 22 :727-736 >DOI >Link

Montgomery C, Fisk JE, Craig L. 2008. The effects of perceived parenting style on the propensity for illicit drug use: the importance of parental warmth and control. Drug Alcohol Rev, 27 :640-649 >DOI >Link

Montgomery C, Fisk JE. 2008. Ecstasy-related deficits in the updating component of executive processes. Hum Psychopharmacol, 23 :495-511 >DOI >Link

Montgomery C, Fisk JE. 2007. Everyday memory deficits in ecstasy-polydrug users. J Psychopharmacol, 21 :709-717 >DOI >Link

Montgomery C, Fisk JE, Wareing M, Murphy P. 2007. Self reported sleep quality and cognitive performance in ecstasy users. Hum Psychopharmacol, 22 :537-548 >DOI >Link

Wareing M, Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Murphy PN, Chandler MD. 2007. Information processing speed in ecstasy (MDMA) users. Hum Psychopharmacol, 22 :81-88 >DOI >Link

Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Wareing M, Murphy PN. 2006. The effects of concurrent cannabis use among ecstasy users: neuroprotective or neurotoxic? HUMAN PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL, 21 :355-366 >DOI >Link

Wareing M, Fisk JE, Murphy P, Montgomery C. 2005. Visuo-spatial working memory deficits in current and former users of MDMA ('ecstasy') HUMAN PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL, 20 :115-123 >DOI >Link

Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Wareing M, Murphy PN. 2005. Reasoning deficits in ecstasy (MDMA) polydrug users. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 181 :550-559 >DOI >Link

Montgomery C, Fisk JE, Newcombe R, Murphy PN. 2005. The differential effects of ecstasy/polydrug use on executive components: shifting, inhibition, updating and access to semantic memory. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 182 :262-276 >DOI >Link

Montgomery C, Fisk JE, Newcombe R, Wareing M, Murphy PN. 2005. Syllogistic reasoning performance in MDMA (Ecstasy) users. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol, 13 :137-145 >DOI >Link

Montgomery C, Fisk JE, Newcombe R. 2005. The nature of ecstasy-group related deficits in associative learning. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 180 :141-149 >DOI >Link

Wareing M, Fisk JE, Murphy P, Montgomery C. 2004. Verbal working memory deficits in current and previous users of MDMA HUMAN PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL, 19 :225-234 >DOI >Link

Fisk JE, Montgomery C, Murphy P, Wareing M. 2004. Evidence for executive deficits among users of MDMA (Ecstasy). Br J Psychol, 95 :457-466 >DOI >Link

Ogden RS, Samuels M, Simmons F, Wearden J, Montgomery C. The differential recruitment of executive functions during time, number and length perception: An individual differences approach. Jones L. The Quarterly journal of experimental psychology, >DOI

Conference publication

Roberts CA, Montgomery C. 2016. Ecstasy related cognitive impairment: evidence from neurocognitive and neuroimaging studies INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 51 :916-916 >Link

Wetherell M, Montgomery C, Smith M. 2015. The effects of anticipated challenge on indices of diurnal cortisol secretion in recreational users of ecstasy PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINOLOGY, 45th Annual Meeting of the International-Society-of-Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) on Stress and the Brain - From Fertility to Senility 61 :58-58 >DOI >Link

Ogden RS, Montgomery C, Wearden JH. 2009. Time flies when you’re having fun, particularly if you’re drunk: an exploration of distortions to the passage of time. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, The Experimental Psychology Society 12

Ogden RS, Mackenzie-Phelan R, Montgomery C, Fisk J, Wearden J. Executive Processes and Timing: Comparing Timing Timing Research Forum

Ogden RS, Montgomery C, Wearden JH. The differential contribution of executive functions to temporal generalization, reproduction and verbal estimation The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, The Experimental Psychology Society

Chapters

Wearden JH, O'Donoghue A, Ogden RS, Montgomery CA. 2014. Subjective duration in the laboratory and the world outside. Arstila V, Lloyd D. Subjective time: The philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience of temporality. MIT press 978-0-262-01994-1

Engagement & Impact

External collaboration:

http://www.swan.ac.uk/staff/academic/HumanSciences/parrottandrew/, Swansea University, Professor Andy Parrott

Lifeline, Dr Russell N. Newcombe

University of Central Lancashire, Prof John E. Fisk

Northumbria University, Dr Mark A Wetherell

University of East London, Dr Ashok Jansari

University of Liverpool, Dr Jon C Cole

University of Liverpool, Dr Matt Field

Membership of professional bodies:

Full Member, The British Association for Psychopharmacology

Honorary Secretary, The Psychobiology Section of the British Psychological Society, http://www.bps.org.uk/networks-and-communities/member-microsite/psychobiology-section

MBPsS, The British Psychological Society, http://www.bps.org.uk/

Research Grants Awarded:

Cumbria Council, Needs analysis for Cumbria Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Grant value (£): 20000, Duration of research project: 8 months

The BIAL foundation (as Co-Investigator), Facilitating healthy ageing: Investigating neuroprotective effects of mindfulness practice., Peter Malinowski (Principal Investigator), Grant value (£): 60000, Duration of research project: 14 months

The Nuffield Foundation, The effects of alcohol administration on perceptions of flirting., Grant value (£): 1440, Duration of research project: 8 weeks