I have a PhD in Alcohol Misuse and am a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
During the 1990s I worked for the Home Office Drugs Prevention Initiative as a consultant, and then as a research associate in health promotion for the University of Northumbria, before moving to London where I worked for Kings College London (medical education), Royal Holloway (violence prevention), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (cancer communication), Imperial College London (alcohol) and for King’s Health Partners where I was the Health Services Research Coordinator for Addictions between 2004 - 2011. Before taking up my current position I was a Research Tutor on the PsychD Clinical Psychology Training programme and an Academic Advisor on the MSc in Counselling Supervision & Consultation at the University of Surrey.
My current academic interests include Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice, physical health needs of IDUs, Health Professionals training in alcohol interventions, Hepatitis immunisation and the relationships between drug misuse and sexual health / risk taking. My PhD thesis explored brief interventions for alcohol misuse, and available in a book.
Academia aside, I am the Director of Short Term Solutions Ltd. (Recruitment agency) and AdApped (Addictions Software), play keyboards in a variety of musical collectives, manage two studio based bands and I have also worked as a nurse, youth worker, mystery shopper and IT consultant. I currently live on a boat.