Medical Doctor and Neuroscience Researcher
IN A NUTSHELL:
Henrietta Bowden-Jones is a consultant psychiatrist at Imperial College and has founded the first National Problem Gambling Clinic in the UK.
Henrietta Bowden-Jones is a medical doctor and neuroscience researcher working as Consultant psychiatrist in Addictions. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Brain Science at Imperial College and the current co-recipient of Medical Research Council grants in the area of decision-making and impulsivity.
She is the Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic based in Soho, 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 hundreds of referrals since its opening in 2008 and holds the only extensive national database on pathological gambling. Henrietta also runs the UK Problem Gambling Research Consortium, a group of 12 researchers from Imperial, Cambridge, Oxford and UCL collaborating on different research projects exploring the neurobiology of pathological gambling.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 for her work, her doctorate thesis is on Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Dysfunction in Alcohol dependency. Decision-making is one of her areas of interest in neuroscience.
In her charity work she is 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. In 2012 she started Gambling Concern (www.gamblingconcern.org) 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.