NUK-BA was set up in 2020. We are a group of clinicians and scientists working to improve knowledge, recognition, and treatment of behavioural addictions, such as Gambling Disorder. Our group has a UK focus, and includes people from diverse backgrounds and institutions (e.g. National and Local NHS Treatment Services, the University of Southampton, University College London, and the University of Cambridge). NUK-BA also benefits from an International Advisory Board of experts from across the world.

Our main aims are:

  • Identifying key research goals
  • Addressing knowledge gaps (assessment, neurobiology, treatment)
  • Integrating scientific and technical advances (e.g. consensus-driven statements)
  • Building towards multi-site competitive grant bids and research projects.

NUK-BA Co-Founders

Sam Chamberlain is Professor of Psychiatry, at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Southampton; and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK. He leads a clinical service for impulsive, compulsive, and behaviourally-addictive disorders. His research explores new ways to assess and treat these conditions, as well as studies into brain mechanisms and vulnerability markers.

Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE is a Psychiatrist and a Honorary Professor at University College London Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. She founded the first UK NHS centre to treat Gambling Disorder, and more recently founded the National Centre for Gaming Disorders (following the inclusion of Gaming Disorder in the new International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11).