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Professor and Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney

Professor Michael Farrell, FRCP FRCPsych, moved to Sydney from London in March 2011 following his appointment as the Director of NDARC. Prior to joining NDARC he was Professor of Addiction Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London.

His extensive research interests include treatment evaluation, including the development of the National Treatment Outcomes Profile, a brief outcomes measurement instrument for drug and alcohol dependence.

He has a long standing interest in drug dependence in prisons and within the wider criminal justice system. He has been a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug and Alcohol Dependence since 1995 and chaired the WHO External Evaluation of the Swiss Heroin Trial.

Professor Farrell chaired the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA) in 2008 for three years.


  • 2011–present
    Director, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre


  • 1987 
    Maudsley and Bethlem NHS Trust, MRCPsych
  • 1984 
    Guildford and Westminster Hospital, MRCP
  • 1979 
    The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, MB, BCh, BAO, LRCP&SI Honours in Medicine