Who Am I

I am the author of over a hundred peer-review journal articles and various books, book chapters and conference papers. They cover the main classes of NPS as well as new methods for the rapid identification of novel drug trends, prevention and policy recommendations.

Ornella Corazza, Ph.D is an Addiction Researcher, Speaker and Author based in London. She holds the post as Associate Professor/Reader in Substance Addiction and Behaviours at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom, where she leads international research in the field of drug and other behavioural addictions, especially in relation to the problematic use of the Internet. She is the President of the International Society for the Study of Emerging Drugs (ISSED), which aims to unite the world’s multidisciplinary leaders in the field of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

Results of her work have been presented in over hundred peer-reviewed publications, seven books (two award winning), including the recent Novel Psychoactive Substances: Policy, Economics and Drug Regulations (Springer 2017) The Handbook of Novel Psychoactive Substances (Routledge 2018), Body and Mind: exercise addition, body dysmorphic disorders and the use of performance enhancing drugs (Cambridge University Press 2021), Emerging Drugs in Sport (Springer 2021), and numerous invited lectures and media appearances.

Trained in mindfulness practices while undertaking work at the University of Tokyo, Dr Corazza has developed a supplementary interest in the study of the mind-body connection, and accordingly, she is the author of various publications in the field including her award- winning book ‘Near-Death Experiences: Exploring the mind-body connection’ (Routledge, 2008).

Her academic achievements have been recognized with various prizes and award nominations, including the prestigious European Health Award 2013.
Much of her time is spent lecturing at conferences and teaching medical postgraduate students, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, and others about behavioural addictions, internet addiction disorder, the neurobiology of addiction, body image-disorders. She currently supervises four PhD students with a record of 15 successful completions.

She serves as an expert advisor for the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), among national and international agencies.

Previous appointments include University of Padua (Italy), University of Bochum (Germany), King’s College London (UK) and University of Tokyo (Japan).
She holds a Visiting Professorship at Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome and is currently the Chair of the
International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substance series, which she co-founded in 2012.

The basic theme of her research is to develop new strategies to improve health and well- being and overcome addictions.

“Beyond Appearance” at West London’s LIFESTYLE & BUSINESS Seminar for Wellfinity. Friday, 19th July 2019

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Dr Corazza’s academic achievements have been recognized with various prizes and award nominations, including the prestigious European Health Award 2013, Book Prize Sebatia-Ter for literature (2011).

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