Area of academic expertise - outline
Addictions (smoking, cannabis, alcohol, drugs), Motivational interviewing, Mental health, CBT, Therapy, Sports Psychology, Stress/depression/anxiety, Digital Healthcare, Health Inequalities, Interventions based within pharmacy settings.
Current research activities
Cannabis use in students, Digital health care, Pharmacy based interventions.
Desired research direction
Addictions (smoking, cannabis, alcohol, drugs), Motivational interviewing, Mental health, CBT, Therapy, Sports Psychology, Stress/depression/anxiety, Digital Healthcare, Health Inequalities.
Target collaborative organisations
NHS, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer.
Dr. Alan Curley PhD, is currently Director of the UC-Mindsolutions Addictions and Sports Psychology Centre in Glasgow. (www.uc-mindsolutions.com) He is regarded as one of the most qualified experts on Cognitive-Behaviour change techniques used within smoking cessation, alcohol and the Addictions field. Dr. Curley is also a Prominent guest speaker at many International conferences and Universities.
Dr Curley, PhD, studied Medical Biochemistry and Neuro-transmission, Counselling and CBT at Glasgow University. He then completed his PhD Doctorate in ‘Factors affecting Addiction, Brain signalling and receptor-regulation at Imperial College, University of London and also at the University of Oxford. During his studies he worked with families at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. He has over 20 papers published.
In 2000, After completing his PhD, he worked at Glasgow University and went on to develop smoking cessation addiction services for the NHS. Dr. Curley currently devises CBT-based intensive tobacco, alcohol, and drug treatment programmes , as well as harm reduction interventions for helping complex clients to make changes to their alcohol or drug use.
He has trained at Glasgow University with Dr. Chris Williams and his 5 Areas CBT approach to dealing with stress, anxiety and depression, which is now used as NICE guideline treatment of Stress, Anxiety & Depression. In 2005, Dr. Curley devised an intensive addiction intervention for helping clients who experience severe Health and social inequalities. This 12 week evidence-based system called the PILAR Change system (Personal-Imagery Linked Active Repetition), incorporates theory and techniques from CBT, NLP, hypnotherapy, addiction research, Learning & Groupwork psychology, motivation psychology and sports psychology. This program has been routinely adopted by various addictions clinics and sports psychologists to help those individuals who find it hardest to change. This PILAR program has appeared in many articles in the Media, TV and Radio.
In 2016, Dr. Curley began to lecture at the UWS London Campus University on Healthcare, Addictions and Influencing Behaviour change to students of Healthcare, Addiction, Nursing, and Midwifery. He currently delivers training courses on addiction, groupwork skills, and advanced motivation and behaviour change programs for the hardest to change clients.