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Professor John Cunningham – PhD – is an academic researcher studying pathways to recovery from addictions. His research has a primary focus on brief interventions for addictive behaviours. He holds the Nat & Loretta Rothschild Chair in Addictions Treatment & Recovery Studies.

He has been an active research for 25 years. Prior to his appointment at King’s College London, he held a Canada Research Chair in Addictions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada.

Research Interests

His research is driven by the question, “how do people change from addictive behaviours?” The research employs population health approaches, randomised clinical trials, and methods from other research traditions. The findings from these studies inform the development of brief interventions for people with unhealthy alcohol use, or other addictions concerns, that are applied in treatment or community settings.

Research Groups

Professor Cunningham retains appointments as a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Toronto. In addition, he holds an Honorary Professorship at the Australian National University.