PhD Symposium 2022

Where and when?

Date: 2 November 2022
Time: Approx. 11:00 – 17:00 (GMT)
Location: Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Broad St, Bristol BS1 2EL
Booking open: Fully booked
Attendance fee: SSA-funded
Abstract submission deadline: No further abstract submissions


PhD Symposium details

Now in its fourteenth year, our PhD Symposium brings together PhD students studying addiction-related topics so they can network, present their work in a low-key, supportive environment and share their experiences – positive and negative. We welcome full and part-time students, studying in a range of disciplines including social sciences, laboratory sciences and health services research. The day includes presentations from students at all stages of their PhD, as well as those who are close to finishing or who have recently submitted their thesis.


Download the full programme and abstract booklet as a PDF here

11:00 – 11:15 | Welcome and introductions (tea/coffee provided)


11:15 – 12:15 | Session 1: Drug and service use and recovery

Exploring Over The Counter And Prescription Only Medication Misuse In Specialist Treatment Services During COVID-19
Roz Gittins – Aston University

Loss Of Identity Within Recovery
Kirsty Stuart Jepsen – Cardiff University

Pilot Service Evaluation Of A Drug Consumption Room In The UK: Understanding Future Service Users’ Perspectives
Benjamin Scher – University of Oxford

Non-Fatal Overdose Risk During And After Opioid Agonist Treatment: A Primary Care Cohort Study With Linked Hospitalisation And Mortality Records
Eleni Domzaridou – University of Manchester

12:15 – 13:15 | Session 2: Changing alcohol use or gambling behaviours through interventions and policies

How Did The Media Communication Of The UK Drinking Guidelines Contribute To Public Debate On Alcohol Policy In The UK?
Heather Mitchell – University of Stirling

Patterns Of No-Lo Consumption At The UK’s First ‘Alcohol-Free Off-Licence’
Claire Davey – Canterbury Christ Church University

Twelve-Month Outcomes Of A Two-Stage Social Network Intervention Aimed At Reducing Heavy Drinking Among Residential College Students
Lily Davidson – University of Queensland

Systematic Review: Acceptance And Commitment Therapy And Gambling And PTSD
Catherine Hitch – Queen’s University Belfast

13:15 – 14:00 | Lunch


14:00 – 15:00 | Workshop:

Impact, inclusivity, and involvement in addictions research (tea/coffee provided)
Magdalena Harris, Parvati Perman-Howe, Hannah Carver, Zoe Swithenbank + additional speaker(s) TBC

15:00 – 16:00 | Session 4: Cognitive impacts of cannabis or alcohol use

The Impact Of Cannabis Exposure On Later Life Brain Structure In UK Biobank
Saba Ishrat – University of Oxford

High Potency Cannabis Use, Mental Health Symptoms And Cannabis Dependence: Triangulating The Evidence
Kat Petrilli – University of Bath

Young, Drunk, And Fast: Paradoxical Rapid Reaction Time In Hazardous Drinkers
Anna Powell – Liverpool John Moores University

Impaired Gain And Loss Anticipation In Alcohol Dependency: An EEG Monetary Incentive Delay Study
Mica Komarnyckyj – University of Huddersfield

16:00 – 17:00 | Session 5: Tobacco and nicotine use and exposure

Global Prevalence Of Heated Tobacco Product Use, 2015 – 2022: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis
Tianze Sun – University of Queensland

Predicting The Long-Term Effects Of Electronic Cigarette Use On Population Health: A Systematic Review Of Modelling Studies
Giang Vu – University of Queensland

Feasibility And Acceptability Of Collecting Biomarker Data From Inpatient Psychiatric Service Users Who Vape And Or Smoke Or Do Neither
Eve Taylor – King’s College London

Children’s Exposure To Second-Hand Smoke 10 Years On From Smoke-Free Legislation In England: Cotinine Data From The Health Survey For England 1998-2018
Harry Tattan-Birch – University College London

Dinner – Vincenzo’s Pizza House (71A Park Street, BS1 5PB)


Previous conferences


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