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I joined LSBU from the University of Kent in 1999 having previously worked at the University of Reading and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College, London. I am Professor of Psychology, Director of Research and Enterprise for the School of Applied Sciences, and founding head of the University’s Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research.

This centre is one of only a few in the country that takes as its starting point an understanding of addictive behaviours from a psychosocial perspective. We think about and study addictive behaviours beyond simplistic biomedical perspectives to include approaches that tap psychosocial aspects of those behaviours that involve the ingestion of a drug (e.g. alcohol, nicotine via cigarettes or other nicotine delivery systems, opiates, prescription drugs, etc), and the so-called behavioural addictions (e.g. gambling, eating, internet and social media use, sex, etc). I also designed and founded the highly successful MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling at LSBU.

My own current research interests focus on how people’s self-image or identity derived from their group membership affects their addictive behaviour and how the types of messages we use to try to get people to think about and change their behaviours operate. So why it is that people are influenced by and have a preference for certain cues in their environments, and how this influences what they do. Why some people recognise that they have a problem but others do not. And all this assumes people may not be aware of what they are thinking when making a decision. I am also working to understand how alcohol impairment affects how people report their memories after witnessing a crime. So, if you thought intuitively a sober witness is more reliable, my research challenges you to think again! Away from addiction, I have a long-standing work programme studying why it is that people think that they are less vulnerable to negative outcomes relative to others, and why that is important when people are deciding healthy or unhealthy decisions.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mr Richard FenntbaPhD
Mr James BinnieDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mrs Irena Kostadinova SoperDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Ashley Robert HowardEvaluating the implementation of IBA interventions with students in a university settingPhD
Ms Helen Kate GravesImplicit associations, ego depletion and disinhibition in dietary restraintPhD
Mrs Louise Sharman ThompsonOne Wheel or Two? Biker Social Identity and Risk PerceptionPhD
Mr Philip Malcom Jamieson WallaceChanges in Addiction TreatmentPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Miss Katie-Jane AndersonNavigating Intimacy with Ecstasy: The Emotional, Spatial and Boundaried Dynamics of Couples’ MDMA ExperiencesPhD
Miss Sarah Louise WilliamsonChanging behaviour: Role of theories and techniques in increasing physical activity in non-specific low back pain patients.PhD
Miss Francesca MartinoDesire thinking and craving across the continuum of problem drinkingPhD
Mr James MorrisEffects of continuum versus binary beliefs about alcohol problems on problem recognition, defensive processing and stigma among harmful drinkersPhD
Miss Stella MearnsThe Emotional Decision Maker: exploring the role of affect in sweet food choicePhD
Miss Georgina Faye Bartlett‘The intoxicated co-witness: How alcohol and discussion affect eyewitness memory reports.PhD
PhD

Cranfield University

1988
1991
BSc (Hons) in Experimental Psychology

University of Sussex

1985
1988
Research Fellow
University of Reading

1991
1992
Education
Research Fellow
National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry

1992
1994
Education
Lecturer in Psychology
University of Kent at Canterbury

1994
1999
Education
British Psychological Society
1991
2015
Society for the Study of Addiction to Alcohol and Other Drugs
1994
2015

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2016

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2016

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
1992
1998
Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2008
2012
The Psychologist

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2000
2004

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Context-Specific Drinking and Social Anxiety: The Roles of Anticipatory Anxiety and Post-Event Processing
Buckner, J.D., Lewis, E.M, Terlecki, M.A., Albery, I. and Moss, A. (2020). Context-Specific Drinking and Social Anxiety: The Roles of Anticipatory Anxiety and Post-Event Processing. Addictive Behaviors. 102, p. 106184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106184

Comparison of Allen Carr's Easyway programme with NHS-standard specialist cessation support: a randomised controlled trial
Frings, D., Albery, I., Moss, A., Brunger, H., Burghelea, M., White, S. and Wood, K. (2020). Comparison of Allen Carr's Easyway programme with NHS-standard specialist cessation support: a randomised controlled trial. Addiction. 115 (5), pp. 977-985. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.14897

Continuum beliefs are associated with higher problem recognition than binary beliefs among harmful drinkers without addiction experience.
Morris, J., Albery, I., Moss, A. and Heather, N. (2020). Continuum beliefs are associated with higher problem recognition than binary beliefs among harmful drinkers without addiction experience. Addictive Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106292

Communicating the Relative Health Risks of E-Cigarettes: An online experimental study exploring the Effects of a Comparative Health Message versus the EU Nicotine Addiction Warnings on Smokers’ and Non-Smokers’ Risk Perceptions and Behavioural Intentions.
Kimber, C., Frings, D., Cox, S., Albery, I. and Dawkins, L. (2020). Communicating the Relative Health Risks of E-Cigarettes: An online experimental study exploring the Effects of a Comparative Health Message versus the EU Nicotine Addiction Warnings on Smokers’ and Non-Smokers’ Risk Perceptions and Behavioural Intentions. Addictive Behaviors. 101, p. 106177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106177

Desire thinking as a predictor of drinking status following treatment for alcohol use disorder: A prospective study
Martino, F, Caselli, G, Fiabane, E, Felicetti, F, Trevisani, C, Menchetti, M, Mezzaluna, C, Sassaroli, S, Albery, IP and Spada, MM (2019). Desire thinking as a predictor of drinking status following treatment for alcohol use disorder: A prospective study. Addictive Behaviors. 95, pp. 70-76. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.03.004

A survey of the effect of viewing an on-line e-cigarette advertisement on attitudes towards cigarette and e-cigarette use in adults located in the UK and USA: a cross-sectional study.
Booth, P, Albery, I, Frings, D and Cox, S (2019). A survey of the effect of viewing an on-line e-cigarette advertisement on attitudes towards cigarette and e-cigarette use in adults located in the UK and USA: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027525

Selective attentional bias to food-related stimuli in healthy individuals with characteristics towards orthorexia nervosa
Albery, I., Michalska, M, Moss, A. and Spada, M. (2019). Selective attentional bias to food-related stimuli in healthy individuals with characteristics towards orthorexia nervosa. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-019-00755-z

Tales of hope: Social identity and learning lessons from others in Alcoholics Anonymous: A test of the Social Identity Model of Cessation Maintenance
Frings, D, Wood, K, Lionetti, N and Albery, I (2019). Tales of hope: Social identity and learning lessons from others in Alcoholics Anonymous: A test of the Social Identity Model of Cessation Maintenance. Addictive Behaviors. 93 (2019), pp. 204-211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.02.004

Pre-partying amongst students in the UK: Measuring motivations and consumption levels across different educational contexts
Howard, A, Albery, IP, Frings, D, Spada, MM and Moss, A (2019). Pre-partying amongst students in the UK: Measuring motivations and consumption levels across different educational contexts. Substance Use and Misuse. 54 (9), pp. 1519-1529. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2019.1590414

Online and face-to-face extended brief interventions for harmful alcohol use: client characteristics, attendance and treatment outcomes
Frings, Daniel, Hogan, Cassandra J., Jn-Pierre, Kerlin H., Wood, Kerry V., Holmes, Mark and Albery, Ian P. (2018). Online and face-to-face extended brief interventions for harmful alcohol use: client characteristics, attendance and treatment outcomes. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. 33 (3), pp. 415-426. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2018.1555516

Intoxicated eyewitnesses: The effect of a fully balanced placebo design on event memory and metacognitive control.
Gawrylowicz, J, Scorboria, A, Teodorini, R and Albery, I (2018). Intoxicated eyewitnesses: The effect of a fully balanced placebo design on event memory and metacognitive control. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 33 (3), pp. 344-357. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3504

Selective attentional bias for novel psychoactive substance (NPS) and expectancy-related stimuli amongst non-problematic NPS users and never NPS users.
Albery, IP, Moss, AC, Davidson, N, Mba, S, Blaszko, U and Marchant, A (2018). Selective attentional bias for novel psychoactive substance (NPS) and expectancy-related stimuli amongst non-problematic NPS users and never NPS users. Journal of Substance Use. 23 (4), pp. 422-428. https://doi.org/10.1080/14659891.2018.1436606

Who stays in addiction treatment groups? Anxiety and avoidant attachment styles predict treatment retention and relapse.
Marshall, SW, Albery, IP and Frings, D (2018). Who stays in addiction treatment groups? Anxiety and avoidant attachment styles predict treatment retention and relapse. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. 25 (4), pp. 525-531. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2187

Parents' drinking motives and problem drinking predict their children's drinking motives, alcohol use and substance misuse
Marino, C, Moss, AC, Vieno, A, Albery, IP, Frings, D and Spada, MM (2018). Parents' drinking motives and problem drinking predict their children's drinking motives, alcohol use and substance misuse. Addictive Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.03.028

Impact of lower strength alcohol labelling on consumption: A randomised controlled trial
Vasiljevic, M, Couturier, D-L, Frings, D, Moss, AC, Albery, IP and Marteau, TM (2018). Impact of lower strength alcohol labelling on consumption: A randomised controlled trial. Health Psychology. 37 (7), pp. 658-667. https://doi.org/10.1037/hea0000622

The effects of religion and stereotype content on verdicts and sentence severity when defending terror charges
Frings, D, Rice, K and Albery, IP (2018). The effects of religion and stereotype content on verdicts and sentence severity when defending terror charges. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice. 14 (1), p. 18.

The effects of the European E-cigarette health warning and comparative health messages on non-smokers' and smokers' risk perceptions and behavioural intentions: study protocol
Kimber, C, Frings, D, Cox, S, Albery, I and Dawkins, L (2018). The effects of the European E-cigarette health warning and comparative health messages on non-smokers' and smokers' risk perceptions and behavioural intentions: study protocol. BMC Public Health. 18 (1259). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6161-7

The effects of food craving and desire thinking on states of motivational challenge and threat and their physiological indices.
Frings, DJ, Eskisan, G, Caselli, G, Albery, IP, Moss, AC and Spada, MM (2018). The effects of food craving and desire thinking on states of motivational challenge and threat and their physiological indices. Eating and Weight Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-018-0525-y

Alcohol-induced retrograde facilitation renders witnesses of crime less suggestible to misinformation.
Albery, IP, Gawrylowicz, J, Ridley, AM, Barnoth, E and Young, J (2017). Alcohol-induced retrograde facilitation renders witnesses of crime less suggestible to misinformation. Psychopharmacology. 234 (8), pp. 1267-1275. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-017-4564-2

The whys and the hows of psychosocial approaches to addiction
Frings, D, Albery, IP and Monk, RL (2017). The whys and the hows of psychosocial approaches to addiction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 47 (3), pp. 115-117. https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12440

The Effect of E-Cigarette Advertisements and Anti-Smoking Messages on Explicit and Implicit Attitudes towards Tobacco and E-Cigarette Smoking in 18-65 Year Olds: A Randomised Controlled Study Protocol
Booth, P, Albery, IP and Frings, D (2017). The Effect of E-Cigarette Advertisements and Anti-Smoking Messages on Explicit and Implicit Attitudes towards Tobacco and E-Cigarette Smoking in 18-65 Year Olds: A Randomised Controlled Study Protocol. BMJ Open. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014361

The iNEAR programme: an existential positive psychology intervention for resilience and emotional wellbeing
Tunariu, A, Tribe, R, Frings, D and Albery, IP (2017). The iNEAR programme: an existential positive psychology intervention for resilience and emotional wellbeing. International Review of Psychiatry. 29 (4), pp. 362-372. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540261.2017.1343531

The Science of Absent Evidence: Is there such thing as an effective responsible drinking message?
Moss, AC and Albery, IP (2017). The Science of Absent Evidence: Is there such thing as an effective responsible drinking message? Alcohol and Alcoholism. https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agx070

Effect of health messages on alcohol attitudes and intentions in a sample of 16- & 17-year-old underage drinkers
Moss, AC, Evans, S and Albery, IP (2017). Effect of health messages on alcohol attitudes and intentions in a sample of 16- & 17-year-old underage drinkers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14 (10). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14101183

Environmental context influences visual attention to responsible drinking messages
Frings, D, Moss, AC, Albery, IP, Eskisan, G, Wilcockson, TDW and Marchant, A (2017). Environmental context influences visual attention to responsible drinking messages. Alcohol and Alcoholism. https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agx076

Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of Allen Carr’s Easyway programme versus Lambeth and Southwark NHS service for smoking cessation.
Wood, KV, Albery, IP, Moss, AC, White, S and Frings, D (2017). Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of Allen Carr’s Easyway programme versus Lambeth and Southwark NHS service for smoking cessation. BMJ Open. 7 (12), p. e016867. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016867

Exploring the Relationship between Sexual Compulsivity and Attentional Bias to Sex-Related Words in a Cohort of Sexually Active Individuals.
Albery, IP, Lowry, J, Frings, D, Johnson, HL, Hogan, C and Moss, AC (2016). Exploring the Relationship between Sexual Compulsivity and Attentional Bias to Sex-Related Words in a Cohort of Sexually Active Individuals. European Addiction Research. 23 (1), pp. 1 - 6. https://doi.org/10.1159/000448732

Modeling the contribution of personality, social identity and social norms to problematic Facebook use in adolescents.
Marino, C, Vieno, A, Pastore, M, Albery, IP, Frings, D and Spada, MM (2016). Modeling the contribution of personality, social identity and social norms to problematic Facebook use in adolescents. Addictive Behaviors. 63 (Dec), pp. 51 - 56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.07.001

Impact of alcohol promoting and alcohol warning advertisements on alcohol consumption, affect, and implicit cognition in heavy drinking young adults: a laboratory-based randomized controlled trial
Stautz, K, Albery, IP, Frings, D, Moss, AC and Marteau, T (2016). Impact of alcohol promoting and alcohol warning advertisements on alcohol consumption, affect, and implicit cognition in heavy drinking young adults: a laboratory-based randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Health Psychology. 22 (1), pp. 128-150. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12221

A test of the Social Identity Model of Cessation Maintenance: The content and role of social control
Frings, D, Collins, M, Long, G, Pinto, IR and Albery, IP (2016). A test of the Social Identity Model of Cessation Maintenance: The content and role of social control. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 3, pp. 77-85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2016.02.003

Implicit and explicit drinker identities interactively predict in-the-moment alcohol placebo consumption
Frings, D, Melichar, L and Albery, IP (2016). Implicit and explicit drinker identities interactively predict in-the-moment alcohol placebo consumption. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 3, pp. 86-91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2016.04.002

Exploring the Alcohol-Behaviour Link: Myopic self-enhancement in the absence of alcohol consumption as a function of past alcohol use
Moss, AC, Albery, IP and Rahman, K (2016). Exploring the Alcohol-Behaviour Link: Myopic self-enhancement in the absence of alcohol consumption as a function of past alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 4 (Dec), pp. 37-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2016.07.002

Examining the relationship between selective attentional bias for food- and body-related stimuli and purging behaviour in bulimia nervosa
Albery, IP, Wilcockson, TDW, Frings, D, Moss, AC, Caselli, G and Spada, MM (2016). Examining the relationship between selective attentional bias for food- and body-related stimuli and purging behaviour in bulimia nervosa. Appetite. 107 (Dec), pp. 208 - 212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2016.08.006

Desire thinking as a predictor of craving and binge drinking: A longitudinal study.
Martino, F, Caselli, G, Felicetti, F, Rampioni, M, Romanelli, P, Troiani, L, Sandra, S, Albery, IP and Spada, MM (2016). Desire thinking as a predictor of craving and binge drinking: A longitudinal study. Addictive Behaviors. 64, pp. 118 - 122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.08.046

Dyads experience over confidence in hand-eye coordination skills after placebo alcohol
Frings, D, Albery, IP, Rolph, K, Leczfalvy, A, Smaczny, S and Moss, AC (2016). Dyads experience over confidence in hand-eye coordination skills after placebo alcohol. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 3 (47), pp. 148-157. https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12418

The effects of responsible drinking messages on attentional allocation and drinking behaviour.
Moss, AC, Albery, IP, Dyer, KR, Frings, D, Humphreys, K, Inkelaar, T, Harding, E and Speller, A (2015). The effects of responsible drinking messages on attentional allocation and drinking behaviour. Addictive Behaviors. 44, pp. 94 - 101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.11.035

Neknomination': Predictors in a sample of UK university students
Moss, AC, Spada, MM, Harkin, J, Albery, IP, Rycroft, N and Nikčević, AV (2015). Neknomination': Predictors in a sample of UK university students. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 1, pp. 73 - 75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2015.05.003

Testing a frequency of exposure hypothesis in attentional bias for alcohol-related stimuli amongst social drinkers
Albery, I., Sharma, D., Noyce, S., Frings, D. and Moss, A. (2015). Testing a frequency of exposure hypothesis in attentional bias for alcohol-related stimuli amongst social drinkers. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 1, pp. 68-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2015.05.001

Would you believe an intoxicated witness? The impact of witness alcohol intoxication status on credibility judgments and suggestibility
Bartlett, G., Gawrylowicz, J., Frings, D. and Albery, I. (2022). Would you believe an intoxicated witness? The impact of witness alcohol intoxication status on credibility judgments and suggestibility. Frontiers in Psychology.

Individual differences in selective attentional bias for healthy and unhealthy food-related stimuli and social identity as a vegan/vegetarian dissociate “healthy” and “unhealthy” orthorexia nervosa.
Albery, I., Shove, E., Bartlett, G., Frings, D. and Spada, M. (2022). Individual differences in selective attentional bias for healthy and unhealthy food-related stimuli and social identity as a vegan/vegetarian dissociate “healthy” and “unhealthy” orthorexia nervosa. Appetite. 178, p. 106261. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2022.106261

The effects of alcohol and co-witness information on memory reports: A field study
Bartlett, G., Albery, I.P, Frings, D. and Gawrylowicz, J. (2022). The effects of alcohol and co-witness information on memory reports: A field study. Psychopharmacology.

(Safe) Sex on My Mind: The Effects of a Safe Sex Prime and an Alcohol Prime on Sex-related Perceptions and Behavior
Johnson, H., Albery, I., Moss, A. and Frings, D. (2022). (Safe) Sex on My Mind: The Effects of a Safe Sex Prime and an Alcohol Prime on Sex-related Perceptions and Behavior. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 83 (3). https://doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2022.83.439

Does alcohol-related desire thinking predict in-the-moment drinking behaviours?
Albery, I. and Spada, Marcantonio M (2021). Does alcohol-related desire thinking predict in-the-moment drinking behaviours? Addictive Behaviors. 118, p. 106899. https://doi.org/S0306-4603(21)00084-8

The intoxicated co-witness: effects of alcohol and dyadic discussion on memory conformity and event recall.
Bartlett, G., Gawrylowicz, Julie, Frings, Daniel and Albery, Ian P (2021). The intoxicated co-witness: effects of alcohol and dyadic discussion on memory conformity and event recall. Psychopharmacology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-021-05776-0

The "alcoholic other": Harmful drinkers resist problem recognition to manage identity threat.
Morris, J., Moss, A C, Albery, I. and Heather, N (2021). The "alcoholic other": Harmful drinkers resist problem recognition to manage identity threat. Addictive Behaviors. 124, p. 107093. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.107093

Problem recogntion amongst harmful drinkers: a conceptual model for problem framing factors
Morris, J., Albery, I., Moss, A. and Heather, N. (2021). Problem recogntion amongst harmful drinkers: a conceptual model for problem framing factors. in: Alcohol Handbook: From Synapse to Society Elsevier. pp. 221-236

Development and Testing of Relative Risk-based Health Messages for Electronic Cigarette Products
Kimber, C., Cox, S., Frings, D., Albery, I. and Dawkins, L. (2021). Development and Testing of Relative Risk-based Health Messages for Electronic Cigarette Products. Harm Reduction Journal. 18 (96). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-021-00540-1

The COVID-19 anxiety syndrome and selective attentional bias towards COVID-19-related stimuli in UK residents during the 2020-2021 pandemic
Albery, I.P, Spada, M. and Nikcevic, A. (2021). The COVID-19 anxiety syndrome and selective attentional bias towards COVID-19-related stimuli in UK residents during the 2020-2021 pandemic. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2639

New converts and seasoned campaigners: the role of social identity at different stages in the addiction recovery journey
Frings, D., Wood, K.V. and Albery, I.P. (2021). New converts and seasoned campaigners: the role of social identity at different stages in the addiction recovery journey. Drugs, Education, Prevention and Policy. 28 (5), pp. 496-503. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2021.1914551

Differential identity components predict dimensions of problematic Facebook use
Albery, I., Nosa, S., Spada, M. and Frings, D. (2021). Differential identity components predict dimensions of problematic Facebook use. Computers in Human Behavior Reports. 3, p. 100057. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chbr.2021.100057