Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Jim Orford

School of Psychology
Emeritus Professor of Clinical & Community Psychology
University of Birmingham

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Curriculum Vitae


Jim Orford studied psychology at Cambridge and London Universities and is now Emeritus Professor of Clinical & Community Psychology at the University of Birmingham, England. He is a longstanding, internationally recognised researcher and writer in the addiction field and in psychology more generally. Amongst his published works are books on addiction, notably Excessive Appetites: A Psychological View of Addictions (2nd edition, 2001) and Power, Powerlessness and Addiction (2013); and others on community psychology, including Community Psychology: Challenges, Controversies and Emerging Consensus (2008). Among his special interests are: family members affected by addiction and problem gambling as an addiction. Jim and his colleagues have conducted an extensive programme of research on how family members are affected and what help they can be given. They have now set up an international collaborative group on the subject, AFINet, the Addiction and the Family International Network, which has members in more than 20 countries including the UK and Germany. Jim is also one of the UK’s leading academics on the subject of gambling and is well-known for his critical views on gambling policy. He has made regular radio and TV appearances on the subject in the UK and in 2012 he set up Gambling Watch UK to campaign for a public health approach to gambling.