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Addictions Department Staff

Professor Gail Gilchrist

Reader in Addictions Healthcare Research

BA (Hons), PG Dip Alcohol and Drug Studies, PhD



Gail Gilchrist is Reader in Addictions Healthcare Research at the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). She has worked in addiction research since 1995 in the UK (Argyll and Clyde Drug Action Team, Greater Glasgow NHS Board, University of Greenwich), Australia (University of Melbourne) and Spain (Institut Hospital del Mar d’Investigacions Mèdiques, Barcelona). She holds/has held grants from the NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research, NIHR Health Technology Assessment, Nuffield Foundation, ESRC, Alcohol Education Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), Beyondblue (Australia), the Australian Primary Healthcare Institute, Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria ISCIII, American Foundation for AIDS Research, the Department of Health (Catalunya) and the European Union Drug Prevention and Information Programme.


Gail is a mixed methods researcher who has undertaken research on substance use and its relationship with psychiatric disorders, intimate partner violence and blood borne viruses among vulnerable groups including females, those involved in prostitution and homeless people. In addition, she has conducted research on treatment access for substance users in Europe. More recently, she has been developing and testing psychosocial interventions for substance users experiencing depression, intimate partner violence or who are at risk of hepatitis C, with partners from the UK, Europe and the US. She is the Principal Investigator on an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research “Advancing theory and treatment approaches for males in substance misuse treatment who perpetrate intimate partner violence (Programme ADVANCE)”  that brings key stakeholders together from both the domestic violence and substance use sectors to develop an evidence based intervention to address both substance use and intimate partner violence.

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

External roles

Gail is co-Editor of the journal Advances in Dual Diagnosis and is a peer reviewer for over 20 journals. 


Gail is a member of the Addictions Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Departmental Working Group

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