MY RESEARCH VISION
I aim to conduct interdisciplinary research to investigate aspects of human behaviour relating to psychoactive substance use and abuse. Work undertaken has combined different psychological techniques and highlights the importance of individual differences in reactivity to drug-related cues, specifically smoking-related stimuli in this body of work. This highlights the need for further identification of the specific contexts that induce craving for psychoactive substance, enabling a more comprehensive understanding of the motivation to use such substances which could in turn allow for the design of specific cessation strategies.
My PhD programme of work was undertaken at the University of Birmingham and was funded by the Medical Research Council. My PhD supervisor was Dr. Suzanne Higgs. After submitting my PhD, I joined the School of Psychological, Social & Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University in September 2006. Since joining I have contributed to the research culture in the School, broadening my research experience and skill set. I established the Cognition, Neuroscience and Psychobiology (CNaP) Applied Research Group (now part of the Centre for Applied Research in Psychology) and continue the interdisciplinary nature of my research with both internal and external collaborators. I am also a member of the Violence and Interpersonal Aggression (VIA) special interest group and lead the Interpersonal Violence and Aggression research theme within this group. Current projects include evaluative research projects with Compass-UK (a charity that offers early intervention services linked to substance abuse and relationship problems in adolescents).
- Higgs, S., and Jenks, R.A. (2011) 'Effects of dieting status and cigarette deprivation on progressive ratio responding for cigarette puffs by young women smokers'. Journal of Psychopharmacology 25 (4), 530-537.
- Jenks, R.A., and Higgs, S. (2011) 'Reactivity to smoking- and food-related cues in currently dieting and non-dieting young women smokers'. Journal of Psychopharmacology 25 (4), 520-529.
- Johnson, A.J., Miles, C., Haddrell, B., Harrison, E., Osborne, L., Wilson, N., and Jenks, R.A. (2012) 'The effect of chewing gum on physiological and self-rated measures of alertness and daytime sleepiness'. Physiology and Behavior 105 (3), 815-820.
- Johnson, A.J., Jenks, R.A., Miles, C., Albert, M., and Cox, M. (2011) 'Chewing Gum Moderates Multi-Task Induced Shifts in Stress, Mood, and Alertness: A Re-Examination'. Appetite 56 (2), 408-411.