We are pleased to announce that Harry Sumnall, Professor of Substance Use at the Centre for Public Health and Liverpool John Moores University, has joined Mentor as our newest Trustee.
The Board and staff at Mentor have known and respected Harry for his interest and published research on substance use, intervention and health issues affecting young people for many years; his expertise will be highly valued and will strengthen Mentor’s evidence-based approach.
Harry’s funded research programmes have focused, like much of Mentor’s work, on the evidence base for drug and alcohol misuse prevention, and exploring ways to implement evidence-based preventive practice and policy.
His research team at Liverpool John Moores University is currently investigating a number of specialist areas, including: alcohol harm reduction and prevention; quality standards for drug prevention; understanding the factors that contribute to risky behaviours and situations, and young people’s addiction policy. He also has a keen interest in the developing field of New/Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS or so-called ‘legal highs’) and psychopharmacology (the study of how drugs affect behaviour, including the treatment of mental disorders).
As well as being a Mentor Trustee, Harry is a Board Member of the European Society for Prevention Research and a member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which used Mentor’s ADEPIS resources in its assessment of UK drug prevention interventions. He also reviews a number of journals relating to drug policy, psychopharmacology and substance misuse, and is on the Editorial Board of the journal Addictive Behaviours.
Follow Harry on Twitter at @profhrs