Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones is a medical doctor and neuroscience researcher working as Consultant psychiatrist in Addictions.

She was elected President of the Medical Women’s Federation in 2018 having been President Elect 2016-2018 and Vice President from 2014 to 2016.

She is Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College and the past co-recipient of Medical Research Council grants in the area of decision-making and impulsivity as well as a Wolfson Family Trust 3 year grant.

She is the Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic based in London. The clinic is the first and only NHS multidisciplinary treatment centre in the UK for the treatment of problem gamblers,it has been inundated by thousands of referrals since its opening in 2008 and holds an extensive national database on pathological gambling.

Henrietta also runs a Problem Gambling Research Consortium, collaborating with various universities on different research projects exploring the nature of pathological gambling from a neurobiological and clinical perspective.

Henrietta belongs to the ICCAM (Imperial, Cambridge, Manchester)neuroscience research group funded by the Medical Research Council to develop effective treatment for all addictions.

Prior to founding the National Problem Gambling Clinic she spent several years running the inpatient NHS detoxification services for alcohol and drugs in central London (CNWL NHS Foundation Trust) as well as leading the Soho Rapid Access Clinic, treating the homeless drug addicts of central London.

Much of her time is spent lecturing at conferences and teaching medical postgraduate students, psychologists, mental health professionals, magistrates, psychiatrists, neuroscientists and others about behavioural addictions, internet addiction disorder, problem gambling,the neurobiology of addiction, decision-making and risk, adolescent brains and impulsivity . She is regularly invited to lecture nationally and internationally, she has been interviewed extensively both by the press ( The Times, Financial Times,Guardian, Observer,Telegraph,Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Vogue, Wired etc) and radio ( Radio 3 Private PassionsWomen’s Hour, You and Yours, Today Programme,BBC World Service ) as well as many TV news programmes (All BBC news, Despatches, The One Show and many others). She gave a TED talk in 2013, has spoken at Hay-on-Wye and Latitude bringing science to a wider population.

Her You tube interview of one of her patients has been watched more than 40,000 times.

She is the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Spokesperson on Behavioural Addictions  as well as having been an elected member of the Executive Committee Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists for nine years until 2014. She is now a co-opted member of the Addictions Faculty.

She held the post of elected Finance Officer for the Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists for the period 2006-2010.

She was Academic Secretary for the Faculty of Addictions at theRoyal College of Psychiatrists for the year 2011-2012 and on the Conference Committee from 2009-2012.

Henrietta was a member of the Government’s Responsible Gambling Strategy Board from 2009 to 2016 advising on prevention, research, treatment and education. She was on the Prevention Panel from 2009 to 2012.

2015 ongoing- Member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Psychiatry Council.

2015 ongoing – member of the World Health Organisation ( WHO) Behavioural Addictions Gaming Disorder Group.

Having completed her medical degree and her psychiatric training she spent some years with Imperial College researching the effects of alcohol on the brain. She was awarded an MD in Neuroscience for her work, her doctorate thesis was on Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Dysfunction in Alcohol dependency. Decision-making is one of her areas of interest.

One of her roles on the Royal college Executive committee was to be the link person to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. She has collaborated with the Faculty on guidelines for managing substance misuse in the workplace and has been a member of a separate working group advising occupational physicians on alcohol misuse at work. She is advisor to London Underground on alcohol and drugs misuse and works closely with their Alcohol and Drug assessment unit in London, carrying out assessments on their staff. She has a Diploma in Occupational Medicine.

In her charity work from 2007 to 2015 she was a Trustee of Sporting Chance Clinic, a high profile addiction charity which helps top sportsmen and women in the UK in their fight against drugs, alcohol and gambling.

2012-2016 Henrietta started and ran Gambling Concern, a charity set up to fundraise for the treatment of problem gamblers,raise the profile of problem gambling, disseminate high quality evidence-based research in the field and highlight the importance of preventative measures in protecting future generations.

2015 ongoing- Member of the New Zealand Think Tank on Problem Gambling.

She has written 9 book chapters for academic textbooks and has edited four textbooks.

From September 2017 she has accepted the role of Trustee for Action on Addiction.


Henrietta has a special interest in the interface between SCIENCE and ART and has been the medical advisor to actors (Soho Theatre), playwrights, directors ( Royal Court) and film makers as well as doing post performance Q and A sessions ( Almeida, Soho Theatre and Cockpit Theatre).

In 2016 she became Curatorial Adviser to the Science Gallery London working on their show ‘Hooked’

Her blog was the focus of her Hay-on-Wye Literature Festival talk on The Art of Science.

Awards & Bursaries

 July 2018

     4th July 2018 #NHS 70 Women Leaders Award 


July 2015 Awarded the US National Council on Problem Gambling’s 2015 Joanna Franklin Gambling Treatment Award.

November 2014 Winner of the Women of Achievement Award in Health Category, Women in the City, 2014.

2014 Finalist in the Royal College of Psychiatrists Public Educator of the Year Award.

2012 Poster Prize Royal College of Psychiatrists. A cross-sectional pilot study on problem gambling and illegal acts . Tang B, Smith N, Bowden-Jones H . May 2012 Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Addictions conference, Cardiff.

November 13th 2010 : Henrietta was one of The Times Best Doctors in Britain.

2006 Specialist Clinical Addiction Network Travel Award – Visited heroin users injectable services in Vancouver, Canada and published an article ” Harm reduction Canadian Style” .

2003 Imperial College Hallinan Young Researcher Award . Presented research abstract at Research Society on Alcohol annual meeting, Florida.

2002 Awarded a Research Fellowship at Imperial : 6 months funding to study decision-making in substance misuse. Published results in Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience


President of the Medical Women’s Federation

Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine


Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience of Behavioural Addictions (Internet addiction, Gaming addiction, Pathological Gambling) , Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College.

External examiner on PHD theses linked to Behavioural Addictions at Oxford University and Cambridge University


2014 ongoing Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Behavioural Addictions.

2014 ongoing Member of the Editorial Board of Psychology of Addictive Behaviours Journal.

2013. Member of the Scientific committee of the Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies

2013 Member of the Neuchatel Problem Gambling International Conference committee


2015 Wellcome Trust Small Arts Award : Collaboration with Katriona Beale on ” White Matter” A new body of work on Internet Addiction and Brain Plasticity in response to Digital environments.

2013-2016 Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust award of 75,000 per year for work based at the National Problem Gambling Clinic

2011-2016 MRC project grant ” Neurotransmitters in opiate and alcohol addiction (NOAA). Co-investigators: A Lingford-Hughes, H Bowden-Jones , L.Clark, PI D.Nutt. Grant value 1,600,000.

2011-2014 MRC project grant ‘Neural basis of gambling cognitions: relevance for vulnerability and treatment of gambling addiction’. Grant value: 626,758 . Co-investigators: H Bowden-Jones , A Lingford-Hughes, M Aitken, R Rogers. PI, L.Clark.

2009-2011 MRC project grant ‘Predicting relapse in treatment-seeking pathological gamblers using impulsivity and compulsivity assays’. Grant value 214,402 . Co-investigators: H Bowden-Jones , U Muller. PI,L.Clark.

2010-2012 Collaboration with Prof Robert Rogers, Oxford University: Prevalence of Problem gambling pathology, mental health issues and substance misuse among Football Association and Premiere League footballers across the UK. Funding from PFA.

2010-2011 Collaboration with Dr Tim Weaver and Dr Julie Trebilcock Imperial College : Treatment Outcomes at the National Problem Gambling Clinic: The first two years.Funding from Imperial College.