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Addictions Department Staff

Dr Tom Freeman

Senior Academic Fellow

BSc, PhD




Tom joined KCL in April 2017 as a Senior Academic Fellow working with Professor Michael Lynskey to examine how trends in cannabis potency predict population markers for addiction. Tom completed his PhD at the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit, UCL where he investigated the cognitive mechanisms underpinning substance use and its comorbidity with psychotic disorders. His postdoctoral work involved coordinating a randomised clinical trial for cannabis addiction, funded by the Medical Research Council. This trial aimed to address the growing demand for treatment of cannabis-related problems and built on previous work at UCL on the effects of different constituents of cannabis (THC and CBD). Tom’s postdoctoral training also included designing, completing and publically disseminating a neuroimaging study investigating the effects of THC and CBD on the human brain. Tom was recently awarded a Senior SSA Fellowship to investigate the relationship between cannabis potency and addiction at the National Addiction Centre, KCL. This programme of research will involve collaboration between researchers and agencies in the UK, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Australia and USA. It will employ a mixed methods approach including longitudinal monitoring programmes, global survey data and controlled experimental research.

Tom is an active member of the British Association for Psychopharmacology who have awarded him for his scientific research and public engagement. He has also received awards from the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Through collaborations developed at the Lisbon Addictions conference in 2015, Tom received funding to contribute to two large-scale European projects. These are currently investigating drug use in the dance music scene and biological indicators of drug use pathways in an existing cohort of young people. He has also received funding to investigate the effects of THC on the human brain (British Medical Association), adolescent cannabis use (Medical Research Council) and the role of CBD in cannabis-related harms (Medical Research Council). 


A list of Tom's publications can be found on the King's Research Portal.

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