Autism and addiction – a Priority Setting Partnership

SABAA is an SSA funded project aiming to identify research gaps relating to substance use and behavioural addictions in people with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). The project will organise a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) involving clinicians, researchers and experts by experience. The PSP will meet to identify research gaps and to set research and policy priorities. SABAA will also produce a toolkit for researchers and policy makers to use when considering substance use, addiction and ASD.

SABAA will be led by Janine Robinson, Sam Chamberlain and Julia Sinclair.

Janine Robinson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, and National Specialty Adviser for Autism to the NHS. She helped establish the adult autism diagnostic clinic in Cambridge in 1999 and now leads this service.

Sam Chamberlain is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Southampton. He has expertise in trans-diagnostic vulnerability markers relevant to autistic spectrum disorder, behavioural addictions, and substance use disorder.

Julia Sinclair is Professor of Addiction Psychiatry and National Specialty Adviser for Alcohol Dependence to the NHS. She has expertise in consensus building methods, and patient and public involvement in the research process.


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