Prof. Marcantonio Spada

Marcantonio Spada, LSBU

Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health; Head of Psychology

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    Applied Sciences / Psychology
 

Marcantonio Spada is Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health in the School of Applied Sciences where he is the Head of the Division of Psychology and Deputy Lead of the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience King’s College London, a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the Sigmund Freud University Milan/Vienna, a Director of UK SMART Recovery, and a Trustee of GambleAware.

Prior to his current appointment he was Professor of Psychological Therapies in the School of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University and Consultant and Trust Lead in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for North East London NHS Foundation Trust. Before joining London South Bank University Professor Spada held Principal Lectureships in Psychology at the University of Roehampton and at London Metropolitan University.

Professor Spada has made a significant contribution to the understanding of metacognitive mechanisms underlying general vulnerability to addictive behaviours (alcohol use, gambling, nicotine use, and engagement with technology) by conducting seminal studies that have identified the key role played by metacognitions in the maintenance of such behaviours, and by defining and shaping the novel concept of ‘desire thinking’, a third form of perseverative thinking (beyond rumination and worry) which is linked to the persistence and escalation of craving. This body of work has led to the development of a novel clinical model which integrates knowledge on attention, perseverative thinking and metacognition into a single ‘architecture’, aimed at explaining the unfolding of addictive behaviour and the application of metacognitive focused techniques in its treatment.

Professor Spada is now leading research on testing the efficacy of metacognitive focused therapy protocols for addictive behaviours.

BSc Psychology

  • Introducing Real World Psychology
  • Psychology of Addictive Behaviour
  • Psychology of Mental Health and Distress
  • Psychology of Thinking and Communication

MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling

  • Therapeutic Counselling Theory and Practice

MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology

  • Introduction to Clinical Skills

MSc Psychology

  • Thinking, Intelligence, and Communication

Most recent publications

Howard, A and Albery, IP and Frings, D and Spada, MM and Moss, A Pre-partying amongst students in the UK: Measuring motivations and consumption levels across different educational contexts. Substance Use and Misuse, DOI 10.1080/10826084.2019.1590414

Fernie, BA and Spada, MM and Brown, RG Motor fluctuations and psychological distress in Parkinson’s disease. Health Psychology,

Marino, C and Caselli, G and Lenzi, M and Monaci, GM and Vieno, A and Spada, MM Emotion regulation and desire thinking as predictors of problematic Facebook use. Psychiatric Quarterly, 1-7. DOI 10.1007/s11126-019-09628-1

Marino, C and Marci, T and Ferrante, L and Altoè, G and Vieno, A and Simonelli, A and Caselli, G and Spada, MM Attachment and problematic Facebook use in adolescents: The mediating role of metacognitions. Journal of Behavioral Addictions,

Moudiab, S and Spada, MM The relative contribution of motives and maladaptive cognitions to levels of Internet Gaming Disorder. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 9. DOI 10.1016/j.abrep.2019.100160

Caselli, G and Martino, F and Spada, MM and Wells, A Metacognitive Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder: A Systematic Case Series. Frontiers in Psychology, 1-11. DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02619

Fergus, TA and Spada, MM Moving toward a metacognitive conceptualization of cyberchondria: Examining the contribution of metacognitive beliefs, beliefs about rituals, and stop signals.. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 60. 11-19. DOI 10.1016/j.janxdis.2018.09.003

Binnie, J and Spada, MM Let’s put the ‘T’ back into CBT. Mental Health Review Journal, DOI 10.1108/mhrj-02-2018-0002

Fernie, BA and Kopar, UY and Fisher, PL and Spada, MM Further development and testing of the metacognitive model of procrastination: Self-reported academic performance.. Journal of Affective Disorders, 240. 1-5. DOI 10.1016/j.jad.2018.07.018

Frings, DJ and Eskisan, G and Caselli, G and Albery, IP and Moss, AC and Spada, MM The effects of food craving and desire thinking on states of motivational challenge and threat and their physiological indices.. Eating and Weight Disorders, DOI 10.1007/s40519-018-0525-y

More publications at LSBU Research Open
  • Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Practitioner, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
  • Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • Director, UK SMART Recovery
  • Editor-in-Chief, Addictive Behaviors
  • Editor-in-Chief, Addictive Behaviors Reports
  • Editorial Board Member, Heliyon
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Behavioral Addictions
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, International Society for the Study of Behavioral Addictions
  • Registered Metacognitive Therapy Practitioner, Metacognitive Therapy Institute
  • Trustee, GambleAware
  • Visiting Professor of Psychology, Sigmund Freud University, Milan
  • Visiting Researcher, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London
 
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