We are very happy to welcome Natalie Davies as Content Manager for the SSA website. Natalie brings an extensive experience of, and expertise in, writing web content for evidence dissemination in the addiction sector through her work at Drug and Alcohol Findings.

Natalie will be key in driving the SSA’s development of the website areas dedicated to addiction research, study, policy and treatment and will work on a range of content. This will include research analyses, information pages, interviews, news items, podcasts, study support pages and more. With Natalie’s help, the SSA website will become ever more active in promoting the scientific understanding of addiction and advocating for the use of the evidence base in policy and practice.

“I’m delighted to be joining the SSA as their new Website Content Manager. I’m taking on this role after nearly 6 years working with the inimitable Mike Ashton at Drug and Alcohol Findings. I’ve learned so much from Mike, and I’m honoured that he picked me to work alongside him, first as editorial assistant back in 2015, then as assistant editor in 2017, and finally as co-owner and co-editor in 2018. I’m very pleased that Mike and I will be continuing on as co-owners of Drug and Alcohol Findings to ensure that the Effectiveness Bank archive (including every analysis, hot topic, matrix bite and issue of the magazine published since 1999) remains accessible to the many readers who rely on it now, and the new readers that discover its benefits every year.”

“At Drug and Alcohol Findings I developed expertise in analysing evidence and determining the implications for policy and practice, and took the organisational lead on topics such as drug consumption rooms and alcohol-related harm during pregnancy. Through the SSA, I hope to continue encouraging compassionate and critical discussions about a wide range of interventions and policies, and am excited to be working with talented colleagues at the SSA and Jump Media to package this important work in new and innovative ways, including through podcast episodes, interviews with researchers and practitioners, commentaries on news and popular culture, written analyses of reviews and studies, feature articles, and editorials.”


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