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LSBU professor spearheads new scientific journal on addictive behaviours

LSBU Psychology Professor Marcantonio Spada has been selected for the role of Co-Editor-in-Chief of a new journal focusing on addictive behaviours research
11 December 2014

According to the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) the UK is now the "drug addiction capital of Europe" with over 40% of the UK population set to experience some form of addictive behaviour in their lifetime, and the percentage is steadily increasing. This troubling situation is one of the reasons which has led Professor Marcantonio Spada of London South Bank University (LSBU) to accept the position of Editor-in-Chief of a new journal aiming to lift the lid on why addictive behaviours are becoming so prevalent.

The open access journal - released by leading world academic publisher Elsevier - is entitled 'Addictive Behaviours Reports' and will focus on publishing ground-breaking research on different types of addictive behaviours (alcohol, drugs, gambling, Internet, nicotine and technology). The journal will attempt to shed light on why people develop and sustain addictive behaviours with a particular emphasis on understanding the relationship between different and emerging forms of addictive behaviour.

Professor Spada is a chartered psychologist with over 15 years' experience in the field of addictive behaviour research. He is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. Psychology Professor Ian Albery of LSBU will also be joining Professor Spada as a member of the editorial board of the new journal.

Professor Spada said: "I am honoured to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Addictive Behaviours Reports as it is a considerable accolade for a LSBU academic to be selected to lead a new journal for such an influential global academic publisher. This new journal fulfils a critical and current need to enhance research by publishing 'non-traditional', innovative and empirically-oriented research aimed at furthering our understanding of the mechanisms that lead to the development, maintenance and relapse of addictive behaviours."