We investigate the cognitive, behavioural and psychobiological effects of a range of illicit and licit drugs and in more recent years, behavioural addictions such as gambling. The group conducts empirical research into the effects of withdrawal from regular use and protracted abstinence, acute, subacute and hangover effects, predictors of use, abstinence and treatment evaluations. The group also work closely with the School of Psychology's Cognition and Neuroscience Research Group,  and the Mental Health and Social Change Research Group, as well as the UEL Substance Use and Misuse Network.

Group aims

  • To conduct and disseminate high quality research which leads to the generation of new knowledge, wider public understanding and better policy and practice. 
  • To explore the psychological and cognitive effects of a range of legal and illegal psychoactive substances and evaluate the impact they have on users.
  • To investigate the causes and consequences of a range of drug and behavioural addictions, including withdrawal effects and pathways out of addictive behaviours. 

Our team




Across the DABRG, we collaborate with many researchers across the UK and beyond, including (but not limited to):

  • Dr Samantha Banbury (London Metropolitan University)
  • Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones (Imperial College London, National Problem Gambling Clinic)
  • Dr Sharon Cox (UCL)
  • Professor Lynne Dawkins (LSBU)
  • Professor Simon Dymond (Swansea University)
  • Professor Daniel Frings (LSBU)
  • Dr Catherine Kimber (LSBU)
  • Gordon Moody Association
  • Dr Margherita Milani (UWL)
  • Dr Lusia Perrion (UWL)
  • Dr Phillip Newall (University of Warwick)
  • Dr Caitlin Notley (University of East Anglia)
  • Professor Andy Parrott (Swansea University)
  • Dr Amanda Roberts (University of Lincoln)
  • Dr Michelle Smith (University of Lincoln)
  • Dr Paul Toner (Queen's University Belfast)
  • Professor Peter Ayton (City University of London)
  • Prof Christine Griffin (Bath University)



Across the DABRG, we collaborate with many researchers across the UK and beyond, including (but not limited to):

  • Professor Julie Buckner (Louisiana State University, USA)
  • Associate Professor Luke Clark (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Assistant Professor Helen Fox (StoneyBrook University, New York, USA)
  • Dr Kevin Hill (Harvard Medical School, USA)
  • Dr Meeyoung O Min (Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA)
  • Dr Raegan Murphy (University College Cork, Ireland)
  • Dr Alvaro Pascual-Leone (Harvard Medical School, USA)
  • Professor Lynn Singer (Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA)
  • Associate Professor Samantha Thomas (Deakin University, Australia)
  • Prof Martin Hagger (Curtin, Australia)


Contact us

Professor John Turner

Professor of Psychology




+44 020 8223 4462

AE3.27, Stratford Campus

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