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Addictions Department Staff

Dr Sally Marlow

Public Engagement Fellow

BSc, MSc, PhD











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Tel: 0207 848 5595


Dr Sally Marlow is a Public Engagement Fellow based in the Addictions Department, where she is responsible for initiating, developing and delivering media and public engagement initiatives, and artistic collaborations, to support the strategic direction of the Additions Department, and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and King’s College London more widely.  She is also a BBC Broadcaster, and has developed and presented several documentaries for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service, and has appeared as a commentator for numerous BBC television and radio programmes.  She works as an advisor on several BBC documentary and drama shows, and is Associate Editor for Culture at The Psychologist. 

Sally has a research portfolio, and her interests include addiction and its links to mental health, particularly in women; mental health issues in children and adolescents; and how the arts can contribute to addiction and mental health in innovative ways.  Prior to her academic career she worked as an investment banker and management consultant.


Selected broadcasting activities:

•Developed and presented BBC Radio 3 documentary:  Hitting the High Notes

•Developed and presented BBC World Service documentary:  Discovery: Painful Medicine

•Developed and presented BBC Radio 4 documentary, Rethinking Anorexia Nervosa:

•Invited keynote speaker and panellist at BBC Radio 3’s Festival of Free Thinking - Breathalysing Britain: Free Spirits or a Drain on Society?

•Developed and presented Alcohol Abuse’s Hidden World for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:  

•Developed and presented BBC Radio 4 documentary, Constant Cravings:

•Developed and presented BBC Radio 4 documentary, Painful Medicine:

•Development Producer on BBC Panorama film, Hooked on Painkillers:


Selected other media projects

•Producer of “Through the Rainbow Lens”, a short film exploring factors affecting LGBT+ mental health, for King’s College London

•Presenter and co-producer of three short films on Addiction for the Society for the Study of Addiction.

•Project manager of “Stories Behind the Bottle”, a film project working with film students and service users to reduce stigma in NHS settings towards those with alcohol problems.


Selected recent publications:

•Boniface S, Scannell JW & Marlow S. (2017) Evidence for the effectiveness of minimum pricing of alcohol: a systematic review and assessment using the Bradford Hill criteria for causality. BMJ Open 2;7:e013497. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013497

•Canfield M, Radcliffe P, Marlow S, Boreham M & Gilchrist G.  (2017) Maternal substance use and child protection: a rapid evidence assessment of factors associated with loss of child care. Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume 70, Pages 11–27

•Boniface S & Marlow S. (2016) Mother’s ruin? New guidelines for alcohol consumption during pregnancy. BMJ blogs.

•Marlow S. & Boniface, S. (2016) From “plucked out of the air” to grounded in evidence—UK drinking guidelines reviewed. BMJ Blogs.

•Marlow S, Campbell J & Drummond C. (2014). Maternal drinking and parenting capacity: Why do some mothers who misuse alcohol lose their children when others do not? Family Law. June issue.

•Buchan A & Marlow S. (2014). A minimum price for alcohol: what you should know and why you should care. StudentBMJ, Vol 22.

•Marlow S. (2014). I worry when: insights into dual diagnosis from those who treat mothers misusing alcohol. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 7 (1) pp 1- 10.

•Marlow S. (2013). Review of Intoxication and Society, Herring et al. Addiction 108 (10) pp 1864-1865.

•Marlow S. (2013). It’s different for girls. Drugscope July/August issue pp 8 - 9.

•Marlow S. (2013). Keeping it in the Family. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 37 (S2) p 87a.

•Marlow S. (2013). Food Addiction: could overeating be compulsive? BBC News Health


Book Chapters

•Marlow S & Finch E (2016). Women and Addiction. In ‘Comprehensive Women’s Mental Health’ edited by David Castle and Kathryn Abel. Cambridge University Press

•Marlow S (in press). Women and Addiction. In ‘The Female Mind’, edited by Kathryn Abel and Ros Ramsay. Royal College of Psychiatrists


Selected Arts Reviews

•Obsession at the Barbican reviewed for The Psychologist May 2017

•Goldfrapp:  Silver Eye, reviewed for The Psychologist May 2017

•Who Cares?  What’s the Point? podcast reviewed for The Psychologist May 2017

•Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 at the Royal Academy reviewed for The Psychologist April 2017

•Art at the Old Vic, reviewed for The Psychologist January 2017

•What I seek when I want a busman’s holiday, review of television for The Psychologist January 2017

•Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience LGBT+ Film Night, reviewed for The Psychologist December 2016

•Bedlam:  the Asylum and Beyond at the Wellcome Collection, reviewed for The Psychologist November 2016

•Louis Theroux:  My Scientology Movie, reviewed for The Psychologist November 2016

•Bethlem Museum of the Mind, reviewed for The Psychologist July 2016

•Blue Orange at the Young Vic, reviewed for The Psychologist July 2016

•Dark Circus in the London International Mime Festival at the Barbican, reviewed for The Psychologist January 2016

•People Places Things at the National Theatre, reviewed for The Psychologist, September 2015


Grants Awarded

• Principal Applicant:  Through the Rainbow Lens film project, August 2016, £30,000

• Co-applicant: Implementation science for maternal health: tobacco and alcohol use in pregnancy. British Council (Researcher Links Workshop Grant with Uruguay), February 2016, £33,740.

• Principal Applicant:  An Introduction to Addiction, Society for the Study of Addiction, July 2015, £20,000

• Principal Applicant: Stories Behind the Bottle.  Health Innovation Network January 2015 £50,000

• Nuffield Foundation: Co-Investigator, Bridging the Evidence Gap in Family Proceedings, January 2015, £233,169

•Alcohol Research UK Small Grant awarded, with matched funding provided by Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, October 2013, £10,415

•Various travel grants from Sociology of Health and Illness Foundation, King’s College London graduate travel fund, Alcohol Research UK, 2013

•PhD studentship, Alcohol Research Section matched by Addictions Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London: 2010 – 2013, £21,000

•PhD Studentship, Society for the Study of Addiction: 2010 – 2013, £15,000

•Open Programme: Costs of attending a three day residential course on collaboration for PhD students and early career researchers, organised by Engentia, and held at Cumberland Lodge.


Selected Presentations

•Keynote speaker, King’s in the US, On Our Minds, New York, October 2016: The Mind of a Politician: The Grey Matter Behind Red, Blue and Brexit.

•Invited Speaker, Cumberland Lodge Life Beyond the PhD, August 2016:  Public Engagement: what it is, why it matters, and how to do it

•Invited speaker, British Council Researcher Links Workshop in Uruguay, Implementation science for maternal health: tobacco and alcohol use in pregnancy, February 2016:  Interventions to reduce alcohol in pregnancy.

•Invited webinar speaker, Soberistas, September 2015: It’s Different for Girls

•Invited speaker, Substance Misuse and Child Welfare Special Interest Group, Annual Seminar, March 2015: Under the radar: an overview of excessive drinking in mothers.

•Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Symposium, November 2013: Measuring alcohol-related parenting problems in mothers

•Open Programme, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, December 2011: Alcohol and women


Panel Chairing

Maternal health and dignity, (part of Oxytocin, Birthing the World), Royal College of Art and Procreate event, June 2017

Eros and Thanatos, matters of life and death, MEDFEST event with panel members Stephen Fry and Isabel Russo May 2017

The Trump Presidency: Impact and Consequences, King’s College London event, January 2017

Women in Leadership, King’s College London Diversity and Inclusion event, October 2015



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