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Ian Hamilton
Honorary Fellow



Ian is an honorary fellow (associate professor) in addiction at the Department of Health Sciences. Ian has experience of providing clinical help to people who have problems with drugs and mental health prior to joining the University of York in 2004. This blend of clinical and academic experience has informed his teaching and role as a facilitator.

Ian engages with a range of media outlets providing expert commentary on topical news stories related to drugs and alcohol as well as working with producers on investigative stories and documentaries. He writes a weekly column for The Independent and contributes regularly to the British Medical Journal and the Conversation.


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • MSc in health research
  • Post graduate teaching



Ian's research interests are in all aspects of drug use including policy, treatment and prevalence.

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Selected publications



Full publications list



Ian Hamilton's publications 1995-2020 (PDF , 754kb)

External activities




Editorial duties

  • Editorial Board of Advances in Dual Diagnosis
  • Editorial Board Journal of Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy

Invited talks and conferences

  • Addressing substance use in LGBTQ+ communities. Royal College of Psychiatrists, Edinburgh, 2021.
  • Know drugs, public lecture. The University of York, 2020.
  • Why people use drugs. Psychedelic Society, York. 2020.
  • Young people and cannabis. Public Health England, Leeds. 2020.
  • The risks and benefits of cannabis. European Health Forum, Gastein, Austria, 2019.
  • Scandalous Decisions: Understanding UK Medicinal Cannabis Policy. International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, Paris, 2019.
  • (2019) A brief history of drug panics. Royal Society of Chemistry, London.
  • Brexit consequences for drug policy. Cambridge University, 2019.
  • The gendered impacts of drug policy.Budapest, 2018.
  • Prescriptions or prisons ? Should we treat drug policy as a health issue ? London 2018
  • Smoke Signals: what does legalised cannabis mean for mental health? London 2018
  • The National Substance Misuse Conference, Birmingham 2018 - Cannabis matters?  
  • Scottish Association for the Study of Offending, Glasgow 2018 - Addiction and mental health.
  • Pint of Science, York 2018 - Women and drugs.
  • Pathfinder Mental Health Conference, York 2017 - Evidence based educational interventions for schools.
  • World Association on Dual Disorders, Madrid 2017 - Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists, psychosis and gender.
  • European Risk Research Conference, York 2016 - 'Craving certainty - Cannabis Psychosis'
  • European network of health care organisations, York 2016 - 'Use of adult mental illness beds across Europe' Asklepios - 
  • European Congress of Psychiatry, Madrid 2016 - 'Cannabis psychosis, does gender matter?'
  • IV International Congress of Dual Disorders, Barcelona 2015
    • Presentation: 'Sexual dysfunction as a side effect of psychotropic medicines for people with dual disorders.'
    • Presentation: 'Establishing and maintaining a local dual diagnosis network.'
  • Presentation to III International Congress on Dual Disorders, Barcelona 2013.
  • Presentation to European Society of Criminology Budapest 2013: 'Have UK politicians contributed to hospital admissions for cannabis psychosis?'
  • Presentations to national conferences for Turning Point and Compass on the subject of Dual Diagnosis.
  • Presentation to Dual Disorders conference Barcelona 2011.

Ian Hamilton

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Ian Hamilton
Honorary Fellow