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LSBU’s Professor Marcantonio Spada awarded Fellowship of British Psychological Society

Professor Marcantonio Spada, LSBU’s Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health and Head of the Division of Psychology in the School of Applied Sciences, has this month been made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS)
12 March 2020

The fellowship is the highest designation the Society awards and is only bestowed upon individuals judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement or dissemination of psychological knowledge and practice, either through their own research, teaching, publications and public service, or through organising and developing the work of others.

Reacting to the good news, Professor Spada said: “I embarked on a career in psychology because I wanted to make a positive impact on people's lives. I am therefore absolutely delighted that the British Psychological Society has recognised my contribution to British psychology by awarding me the Fellowship for my work in the field of addictive behaviours."

Professor Spada is the author of over 140 peer reviewed scientific articles, seven book chapters and three books. Taken together, this body of work constitutes an important contribution to understanding the role of metcognition in addictive behaviours.

Professor Spada is also Editor-in-Chief of the leading addiction psychology and psychiatry journal Addictive Behaviors and founding Editor-in-Chief of its sister title, Addictive Behaviors Reports.

Highlights from Marcantonio Spada’s contribution to knowledge exchange in the field of addictive behaviours, include: co-development of the Safer Gambling 'Bet Regret' national awareness campaign for charity, Gamble Aware (2019); co-authorship of National Guidelines for Psychological Therapists in Managing Patients with Prescribed Drug Dependence’, (published 4 December 2019 by UK Parliament); and acting trustee (and now Chair of the Board of Trustees) for the charity UK SMART Recovery, during the organisation’s reshaping and restructuring.