Prof Henrietta Bowden-Jones is a medical doctor and neuroscience researcher working as Consultant psychiatrist in Addictions.
Prof Henrietta Bowden-Jones was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 New Year’s Honours for Services to Addiction Treatment and to Research.
Appointed in 2019 as Honorary Professor, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences,Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London (UCL).
In 2020 she was appointed Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, Dept of Psychiatry, Cambridge University.
Elected Board of Science member, British Medical Association 2021 – ongoing.
She is a frequent speaker in Parliament giving evidence at Select Committees on Gambling, Gaming and Technology as well as Online Harms.
She regularly advises both the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Harms and the House of Lords Peers for Gambling Reform as well as several Government committees in DCMS, DH and NHSE on all matters pertaining to Gambling Disorder and its treatment as well as on wider issues in the field of prevention of gambling harm at population level.
Current President of the Royal Society of Medicine Psychiatry Section (2020-2022)
Immediate Past President of the Medical Women’s Federation (2018-2020)
She held the role of Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College for over a decade prior to moving to UCL teaching Imperial students in both academic and clinical settings throughout this time.
Past co-recipient of Medical Research Council neuroscience 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. It has been inundated by thousands of referrals since its opening in 2008 and holds an extensive national database on pathological gambling.
In 2019 she was advisor to NHS England on the 10 year Long Term Plan for Gambling Disorder. The original clinic she had founded and run for over a decade was commissioned as the template for another 15 NHS funded clinics designated to the treatment of gambling Disorder. One of these became the Young People’s Gambling services also run from the same central site under Henrietta’s leadership.
In late 2019, following the inclusion of the diagnostic category in the ICD-11, Prof Bowden-Jones founded the first ever NHS clinic to treat Gaming Disorder. The National Centre for Gaming Disorders, part of CNWL NHS Trust, treats people as young as 13 and in its first year significantly over-performed the planned commissioning targets set by NHS England.
In 2020, having been appointed Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Cambridge University,Henrietta co-founded the National UK Behavioural Addictions Research Group, based in the Dept of Psychiatry. The group has brought together researchers with expertise in different spheres of behavioural addictions ranging form neurobiology to epidemiology and clinical research.
In 2020 she was awarded the prestigious Psychiatrist of the Year prize by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Prior to founding and leading the National Problem Gambling Clinic and the National Centre for Gaming Disorders ( both under CNWL NHS Trust) she spent several years running the inpatient NHS detoxification services for alcohol and drugs in central London (CNWL NHS Trust) as well as leading the NHS 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, Gaming Disorder, Gambling Disorder, 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 (many times over in both The Times, the Financial Times, Guardian, Observer, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Vogue, Wired etc) and radio often on Radio 4 the Today programme, You and Yours, Women’s Hour, The Moral Maze etc as well as Radio 3 Private Passions and many other radio and TV programmes always delivering evidence base about behavioural addictions to the general population.
She has given a TED talk (2013), has spoken at Hay-on-Wye about Art and Science, at Latitude festival on different occasions about the Neuroscience of Addiction and other topics. She is always happy when bringing science to a wider population.
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 the Royal 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. Now President of Psychiatry at the Royal Society of Medicine.
2015 ongoing – Member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Behavioural Addictions Gaming Disorder Group Advisory 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 a Medical Doctorate 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.
Trustee of Sporting Chance: 2007 – 2015.
Trustee of Action on Addiction: 2017-2020.
She has edited five academic textbooks and has published extensively in peer review journals (See: Henrietta Bowden-Jones research).
Henrietta is a board member of the Howard League Crime and Problem Gambling Commission 2019-2022.
In 2021 she has been called on as an expert in the field to advise the All Party Group on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling in Northern Ireland and the Welsh Task and Finish Group on Gambling Harm.
Follow her on twitter @HBowdenJonesOBE