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Professor David Kennedy


Director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre and Professor of Biological Psychology


David is the Director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre and is Professor of Biological Psychology. His own PhD examined the cognitive and mood effects of administration of a range of herbal products. Since that time he has published a wide range of journal articles and book chapters covering research into the cognitive effects of herbal and dietary supplements, glucose, caffeine, and recreational drugs.

Current teaching at Northumbria University includes Psychobiology at undergraduate level, and 'Diet, Brain and Behaviour' at MSc level (Nutrition and Psychological Sciences MSc).

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Past and current research includes numerous studies that have ranged from fundamental investigations assessing the neurocognitive effects of glucose, through a huge portfolio of controlled trials unravelling the mechanisms, cognitive and mood effects of herbal extracts, nutraceuticals and food supplements, to a range of projects that have probed the psychopharmacology of commonly consumed everyday substances such as caffeine, alcohol and social drugs.

Key Publications


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, Wightman E, Okello EJ (2009) Medicinal plants, phytochemicals and Alzheimer’s Disease.  In: A Martinez (Ed) Emerging Drugs and Targets for Alzheimer’s Disease. Royal Chemistry Society. In Press

Kennedy DO  (2009) Herbs affecting the Central Nervous System. In (Eds) Mukherjee PK, Houghton PJ.  Evaluation of Herbal Medicinal Products - Perspectives of Quality, Safety and Efficacy, Pharmaceutical Press, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London, UK, In Press