ATN Webinar: Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction (BDMA)

Featuring:  Nick Heather, Matt Field, Antony C. Moss, & Sally Satel

Update: Full webinar video now available at ATN Webinar Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction 3/15/2022 Meeting Recording

When? 15/03/2022; 1300-1430 UK time

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The event will be held via MS Teams.  Those interested in attending must contact Derek Heim at and he will send a Teams link.

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Event description: 

A major new book about our understanding of addiction “Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction (BDMA)” is published on March 7, 2022.  This book seeks to advance debate about the nature of addiction. 

In this Addiction Theory Network (ATN) webinar, the book editors provide an overview of its contents and offer personal reflections on its meaning and value to the field as we map out an agenda beyond the BDMA.  

Each editor will speak for 10 minutes and there will then be opportunity for questions and discussion. Please note that a recording of the Webinar will be made available on (possibly hosted on YouTube). 


Nick Heather is Emeritus Professor of Alcohol & Other Drug Studies in the Department of Psychology, School of Life Sciences at Northumbria University, UK. A clinical psychologist by training, he is mainly interested in research on treatment and brief interventions for alcohol problems and in theories of addiction.

Matt Field is Professor of Psychology at the University of Sheffield, UK, where he conducts research into the psychological mechanisms that underlie the development and persistence of, and recovery from, addiction.

Antony C. Moss is Professor of Addictive Behaviour Science in the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research, London South Bank University, UK. His interests include theories of addiction, public health aspects and prevention of addictive behaviour, and understanding the needs of individuals and groups who have historically been overlooked in research, treatment, and policy.

Sally Satel is an addiction psychiatrist. She treats patients at a methadone clinic in Washington DC, USA, and is interested in conceptual frameworks of addiction.

For more information about the forthcoming book see: