John Turner

Professor John Turner


Drugs and Addictive Behaviour research group

Department of Psychological Sciences , School of Psychology

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After gaining a PhD from King's (Institute of Psychiatry) John joined UEL, teaching and researching in the areas of human psychopharmacology and behavioural addictions. His current research is focused on parental views of e-cigarette use in children (funded by Cancer Research UK), problem gambling (working with the Gordon Moody Association and the National Problem Gambling Clinic) and novel/new psychoactive substance use and methods of use. Previous projects looking at e-cigarettes and recreational drug use (notably the use of MDMA in pregnant women, and effects on infant development) has attracted substantial news coverage and his work in these areas contributed to both of the School's two 4* impact case studies (attracting 100% scores in the REF2014 research assessment of UK universities).



  • Turner, J.J.D. & Soar, K, (in press) Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS): no longer legal, not always highs. University & College Counselling Journal.
  • Greenhill, R., Dawkins, L., Notley, C., Finn, M. D., & Turner, J. J. D. (2016). Adolescent Awareness and Use of Electronic Cigarettes: A Review of Emerging Trends and Findings. Journal of Adolescent Health.
  • Roberts, A., Coid, J., King, R., Murphy, R., Turner, J., Bowden‐Jones, H., & Landon, J. (2016). Gambling and violence in a nationally representative sample of UK men. Addiction.
  • Singer, L. T., Moore, D. G., Min, M. O., Goodwin, J., Turner, J. J., Fulton, S., & Parrott, A. C. (2016). Motor delays in MDMA (ecstasy) exposed infants persist to 2years. Neurotoxicology and teratology54, 22-28.
  • Soar, K., Chapman, E., Lavan, N., Jansari, A. S., & Turner, J. J. D. (2016). Investigating the effects of caffeine on executive functions using traditional Stroop and a new ecologically-valid virtual reality task, the Jansari assessment of Executive Functions. Appetite105, 156-163.
  • Singer, L. T., Moore, D. G., Min, M. O., Goodwin, J., Turner, J. J., Fulton, S., & Parrott, A. C. (2015). Developmental outcomes of 3, 4‐methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy)‐exposed infants in the UK. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental30(4), 290-294.
  • Parrott AC, Moore DG, Turner JJD, Goodwin J, O Min M & Singer LT (2014) MDMA and heightened cortisol: a neurohormonal perspective on the pregnancy outcomes of mothers who used ‘Ecstasy’ during pregnancy. Human Psychopharm, 29: 1-7
  • Turner, J.J.D., Parrott, A.C., Goodwin, J., Moore, D.G., Fulton, S., Min, M.O., & Singer, L.T. (2014). Psychiatric profiles of mothers who take ecstasy/MDMA during pregnancy: reduced depression one year after giving birth and quitting ecstasy. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 28(1), 55-61. doi:10.1177/0269881113515061
  • Dawkins, L., Turner, J.J.D., Roberts, A.D.L., & Soar, K. (2013). ‘Vaping’ profiles and preferences: an online survey of electronic cigarette users. Addiction, 108(6), 1115–1125. doi:10.1111/add.12150
  • Dawkins, L., Turner, J.J.D., & Crowe, E. (2013). Nicotine derived from the electronic cigarette improves time-based prospective memory in abstinent smokers. Psychopharmacology, 227(3), 377–384. doi:10.1007/s00213-013-2983-2
  • Dawkins, L., Turner, J.J.D., Hasna, S., & Soar, K. (2012). The electronic-cigarette: effects on desire to smoke, withdrawal symptoms and cognition. Addictive Behaviors, 37(8), 970–973. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.03.004
  • Moore, D. G., Turner, J.J.D., Parrott, A.C., Goodwin, J.E., Fulton, S.E., Min, M.O., … Singer, L.T. (2010). During pregnancy, recreational drug-using women stop taking ecstasy (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine) and reduce alcohol consumption, but continue to smoke tobacco and cannabis: initial findings from the Development and Infancy Study. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 24(9), 1403–1410. doi:10.1177/0269881109348165
  • Soar, K., Parrott, A.C., & Turner, J.J.D. (2009). Attributions for psychobiological changes in ecstasy/MDMA and other polydrug users. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 23(7), 745–758. doi:10.1177/0269881108092594

Book chapters

  • Moore, D.G., Turner, J.J.D., Goodwin, J.E., Fulton, S.E., Singer, L.T., & Parrott, A.C. (2011). In-utero exposure to the popular 'recreational' drugs MDMA (Ecstasy) and Methamphetamine (Ice, Crystal): preliminary findings. In P.M. Preece & E.P. Riley (Eds.), Alcohol, drugs and medication in pregnancy: the long-term outcome for the child: John Wiley & Sons.