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Beverly has been a researcher at King’s College London, National Addiction Centre since 2017, working on the ADVANCE programme, an NIHR funded study 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.”  She also teaches on several MSc courses at King’s College London.  

Beverly has expertise and experience working in: the substance use field, with offending populations, including those with mental health problems; qualitative methods; applying psychological approaches; and the application and impact of research in policy and practice.  


Beverly’s PhD  (awarded in 2018) explored the cycle of relapse and recovery of Class A drug using offenders who were part of the UK Government’s Drug Interventions Programme (DIP). Beverly’s interests within this area stem from her time developing and implementing the DIP across England & Wales during her time working for the UK Government’s Home Office (2002-2010).  


Beverly’s previous roles in the Home Office included working in the Prolific and Other Priority Offender Programme and the Integrated Offender Management Programme. During her 12 year career in the UK Government her roles have included conducting research projects, managing and commissioning research contracts and advising policy colleagues about the application and relevance of research in policy and practice. 

Beverly was awarded the Society for the Study of Addiction studentship in 2015 to help support her PhD research. She holds a BSc (Joint Hons) in Psychology & Criminology and an MSc in Forensic Psychology.  

Research Interests

  • Substance use among forensic populations and mental health 
  • Psychologically informed approaches 
  • Qualitative methods  

Research Groups

Co-facilitator of the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) London network group. 

Expertise and Public Engagement

Beverly is a chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society


What Role does Substance use play in Intimate Partner Violence? A Narrative Analysis of In-Depth Interviews with Men in Substance Use Treatment and their Current or Ex-female partners, Radcliff, P, Gadd, D, Henderson, J, Love B, Gilchrist, G, Gilchrist, L, Johnson, A, Lewis-Stevens D. Vol. 0, 1-29. 

Handling ‘hot potatoes’: Political, ethical and safeguarding quandaries of researching drug using offenders Love, B, Vetere, A & Davis, P (2019) International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Vol. 18, 1-9. 

Forensic Psychology, Concepts, Debates and Practice, 2nd Edition (2010), Eds Adler, J.A., & Gray, J.M. Chapter 17, Developments in treatment for drug misusing offenders, LeBoutillier, N. & Love, B.  Willan Publishing. 

Dictionary of Forensic Psychology, Eds, Towl, G.J., Farrington, D.P., Crighton, D.A. & Hughes, G. (2008) Chapter  on ‘Substance Abuse/Misuse’, Love, B, Willan Publishing.  


Beverly is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches on the MSc in Addictions and has taught qualitative methodology on other MSc courses at King’s College London.