Professor Jim Orford MA, PhD

Professor Jim Orford

School of Psychology
Emeritus Professor of Clinical & Community Psychology

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Now semi-retired, I have a long career behind me and have achieved a national and international reputation in the fields of addiction and community psychology.


MA (Natural Sciences/Psychology), Diploma in Clinical Psychology, PhD


Trained in clinical psychology and obtained PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, London; spent mid-career years in Exeter occupying a joint NHS/University post, including directing the Clinical Psychology programme; moved to Birmingham in 1993; after five years running the clinical psychology doctorate course, has concentrated on research since the late 1990s.


Addiction, including effects on the family; Gambling

Other activities

2010 recipient of the E.M. Jellinek international award for excellence in the field of alcohol and other addictions


Many articles and 13 books, the latest of which are: Community Psychology: Challenges, Controversies and Emerging Consensus (Wiley, 2008) and An Unsafe Bet? The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the Debate we should be having (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)