Researcher / Lecturer
Dr Adrian Bonner is Reader in Medicine and Health, in the Centre for Health Service Studies, University of Kent. As founder and Director of the Addictive Behaviour Group he has facilitated the development of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research activities aimed at practitioners and managers working in social and health care services. He has been a member of various UK government working groups, including Skills for Health, a workforce development group set up to support the UK Anti-Drugs Strategy and is a director of the Institute for Alcohol Studies. Adrian’s principal research has focused on mechanisms of brain damage and the role of nutritional factors in cognitive function. This biomedical research has become more integrated with psychological and social approaches during the development of innovative screening, assessment and outcome monitoring systems for use in the delivery of services for vulnerable people.
Adrian provides health-related support for The Salvation Army Social Services in the UK. He also represents The International Salvation Army, operating in 115 countries, on bodies, including the UN and has provided consultancy support for this organisation in US, Canada, Costa Rica, Scandinavia and Australia.
He has published approximately 90 per reviewed articles and a number of books which include Social Exclusion and the Way Out: An Individual and community response to human social dysfunction.