Julia Sinclair

Professor of Addiction Psychiatry, University of Southampton


Julia Sinclair is Professor of Addiction Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, and honorary consultant in alcohol liaison at University Hospital Southampton.

Her priority is to improve outcomes for patients with alcohol use disorders and co-morbid physical and mental health conditions by research, teaching, policy, and clinical practice.

Her clinical roles include developing an integrated alcohol strategy across local services and offering direct clinical care. Since April 2020, she has also been the National Specialty Advisor for Alcohol Dependence to NHS England.

Her primary research aim is to conduct clinically relevant research into the harms of alcohol use, specifically the impact on clinical outcomes in terms of prevention, engagement and response to treatment.

She currently co-leads the NIHR funded programme to build the evidence base for alcohol care teams (ProACTIVE). She also has a long track record of teaching and training health professionals and is currently leading the work to implement the change to the GMC curriculum that requires all trainee psychiatrist to demonstrate competence in the assessment and management of addictions.