Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE is a medical doctor and neuroscience researcher working as consultant psychiatrist in addictions. She is an expert advisor to both Westminster and the House of Lords on matters pertaining to gambling disorder, gaming disorder and mental health.
Graduating in medicine and specialising in psychiatry with a CCST in addiction psychiatry, Henrietta also pursued a research career and a medical doctorate in neuroscience from Imperial College in ventromedial prefrontal cortex impairment in alcohol dependency.
Henrietta is the founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic, the first NHS treatment centre in the UK for the treatment of problem gamblers which she set up in 2008. She is also the founder and Director of the National Centre for Gaming Disorders, the first NHS clinic in the UK dedicated to treating gaming disorders.
She is the founder and joint Chair of the National UK Research Network for Behavioural Addictions (NUK-BA) based at Cambridge University and comprising of several researchers from leading universities, Executive Board member of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Addiction (ISSBA).
Henrietta is President of the RSM’s Psychiatry Section from 2020-2022 and holds several academic roles including Honorary Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge University, Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL, Immediate Past-President of the Medical Women’s Federation, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ spokesperson on behavioural addictions.
She 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 and has received the Psychiatrist of the Year 2020 Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.