The New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group (NDSAG) has provided a safe environment where alcohol practitioners, researchers & service managers have explored and debated contemporary challenges in the field since the mid 1970s.
Our 2012 conference reviews the continuing development of Motivational Interviewing led by one of the original authors: Professor Stephen Rollnick who is supported by some of the leading early adopters and developers. Other themes include the Recovery agenda, criminal justice interventions, and unveiling new research and approaches to alcohol problems including coerced treatment and Equine Assisted Therapy . A regular feature of our conference programme is the Alcohol Research UK (formerly AERC) research symposium.
Keith Humphreys is a Professor and the Section Director for Mental Health Policy in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Health Services Research Center in Palo Alto and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London.
Nick Heather is Emeritus Professor of Alcohol & Other Drug Studies in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He obtained a BA (Hons) in Psychology from University College London in 1965, an MSc in Clinical Psychology from Leeds University in 1971 and a PhD from the University of Dundee in 1979. After working as a clinical psychologist in the UK National Health Service, he developed and led the Addictive Behaviours Research Group at the University of Dundee. In 1987 he became founding Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
He returned to the UK at the beginning of 1994 to take up a post as Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Newcastle City Health NHS Trust and as Director of the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Studies in Newcastle.