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Scientist, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and Professor of Psychology, University of Victoria

Tim served as Director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR, formerly the Centre for Addictions Research of BC) from 2004 until 2020 and is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria in 2004. He has published over 450 research papers, book chapters and monographs, plus several books on prevention and treatment issues in his career. Since late 2020 he has continued to serve CISUR as a Scientist.

Dr. Stockwell was engaged in both clinical and research work in the UK before spending 16 years with Australia's National Drug Research Institute as deputy director and then director. He studied psychology and philosophy at Oxford University and obtained a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and was president of the international Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, 2005-2007. He received the 2013 EM Jellinek Memorial Award for outstanding research on social, cultural and policy aspects of alcohol with special mention of his work on minimum alcohol pricing. He received a 2014 Health Research leadership award from Research Canada on behalf of CISUR and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

He is committed to the advancement of public policy on substance use issues and has established CISUR as a research centre which aims to shed light on the social, cultural and psychological determinants of harmful substance use, which applies rigorous measures of patterns of use and related harms and which advances knowledge of effective policy and practice.

His research interests include: Prevention of alcohol and other drug-related harm; alcohol and other drug policy; measurement of alcohol consumption and related harms; public health and safety impacts of substance use; alcohol harm reduction; and regulatory policies to reduce alcohol-related harm


  • –present
    Professor of Psychology, University of Victoria


2018 Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; 2013 EM Jellinel Memeorial Award for outstanding alcohol policy research