Staff profile - Natalia Albein-Urios

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Dr Natalia Albein-Urios

Position: Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Psychology
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517813 +61 3 92517813



  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2012


Knowledge areas

Cognitive neuroscience, autism spectrum disorder,  brain stimulation, executive functions, substance use disorders, personality disorders.


Research interests

Cognitive neuroscience, autism spectrum disorder, perseverative behaviours, non-invasive brain stimulation, electroencephalography (EEG).



1. Moreno-López L, Albein-Urios N, Martinez-Gonzalez JM, Soriano-Mas C, Verdejo-Garcia A. Prefrontal gray matter and motivation for treatment in cocaine dependent individuals with and without personality disorders. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 30-04-2014, “In Press”.

2. Albein-Urios N, Martinez-Gonzalez JM, Lozano-Rojas O, Verdejo-Garcia A. Monetary delay discounting in gambling and cocaine dependence with personality comorbidities. Addict Behav, 15-04-2014, “In Press”.

3. Moreno-López L, Perales JC, van Son D, Albein-Urios N, Soriano-Mas C, Martinez-Gonzalez JM, Wiers RW, Verdejo-García A. Cocaine use severity and cerebellar gray matter are associated with reversal learning deficits in cocaine-dependent individuals. Addict Biol. 2014 Apr 17.

4. Verdejo-Garcia A, Albein-Urios N, Martinez-Gonzalez JM, Civit E, de la Torre R, Lozano O. Decision-making impairment predicts 3-month hair-indexed cocaine relapse. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2014 Apr 13. PMID: 24728653.

5. Albein-Urios N, Pilatti A, Lozano O, Martínez-González JM, Verdejo-García A. The value of impulsivity to define subgroups of addicted individuals differing in personality dysfunction, craving, psychosocial adjustment, and wellbeing: a latent class analysis. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2014 Feb; 29(1):38-46.

6. Albein-Urios N, Martinez-Gonzalez JM, Lozano-Rojas O, Verdejo-Garcia A. Executive functions in cocaine-dependent patients with Cluster B and Cluster C personality disorders. Neuropsychology. 2014 Jan; 28(1):84-90.

7. Verdejo-García A, Albein-Urios N, Molina E, Ching-López A, Martínez-González JM, Gutiérrez B. A MAOA gene*cocaine severity interaction on impulsivity and neuropsychological measures of orbitofrontal dysfunction: preliminary results. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Nov 1; 133(1):287-90.

8. Albein-Urios N, Verdejo-Román J, Soriano-Mas C, Asensio S, Martínez-González JM, Verdejo-García A. Cocaine users with comorbid Cluster B personality disorders show dysfunctional brain activation and connectivity in the emotional regulation networks during negative emotion maintenance and reappraisal. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2013 Dec; 23(12):1698-707.

9. Albein-Urios N, Martínez-González JM, Lozano O, Verdejo-Garcia A. Frontal systems related symptoms in cocaine dependent patients with comorbid personality disorders. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2013 Aug; 228(3):367-73.

10. Albein-Urios N, Martinez-Gonzalez JM, Lozano Ó, Moreno-López L, Soriano-Mas C, Verdejo-Garcia A. Negative urgency, disinhibition and reduced temporal pole gray matter characterize the comorbidity of cocaine dependence and personality disorders. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Sep 1; 132(1-2):231-7.

11. Albein-Urios N, Verdejo-Román J, Asensio S, Soriano-Mas C, Martínez-González JM, Verdejo-García A. Re-appraisal of negative emotions in cocaine dependence: dysfunctional corticolimbic activation and connectivity. Addict Biol. 2014 May; 19(3):415-26.

12. Albein-Urios N, Martinez-González JM, Lozano O, Clark L, Verdejo-García A. Comparison of impulsivity and working memory in cocaine addiction and pathological gambling: Implications for cocaine-induced neurotoxicity. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Nov 1; 126(1-2):1-6.


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