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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 in the Addictions Department, where she is responsible for initiating, developing and delivering public engagement and media initiatives to support the strategic direction of the Additions Department, and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.  She also has a research portfolio, and her interests include addiction in women and links to mental health; addiction and parenting; and stigma surrounding addiction. 

Since Sally was selected by the BBC in 2013 as one of their Expert Women, she has reported on addiction and other mental health issues for radio and television numerous times, and in 2014 received a King's Award, 'Media Personality of the Year'.  Highlights include presenting several documentaries on addiction and other mental health issues for BBC Radio Science; reporting on alcohol for Radio 4’s Today programme; and working as a development producer on an addiction story for Panorama. 

Sally’s PhD in maternal alcohol misuse was funded by Alcohol Research UK, the Society for the Study of Addiction, and KCL. She has a Psychology BSc (First Class Hons and Dean’s Prize) from Goldsmiths’ College, and an MSc (with Distinction) in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London.

Prior to her academic career Sally was an investment banker and management consultant.


Selected public engagement activities:


Selected recent publications:

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


Arts Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Grants Awarded

• Bauld, L, Aleman, A, Alhabe, F, Marlow, S, Llambi, L and Ussher, M. Implementation science for maternal health: tobacco and alcohol use in pregnancy. British Council (Researcher Links Workshop Grant with Uruguay), February 2016, £33,740.

• 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

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

•Open Programme: All 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 


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