Professor Peter Adams is currently the Deputy Head, School of Population Health at The University of Auckland and Associate Director, Centre for Addiction Research, New Zealand.
Professor Adams practised as a clinical psychologist for over 13 years during which he developed specialist expertise in the area of addictive behaviour and violence. This has led him into playing an active and often leadership role in community initiatives that included forming a violence collective, establishing innovations in mental health and addiction services, chairing the Problem Gambling Foundation and fostering a variety of workforce initiatives with a community focus.
He then brought this enthusiasm for community development into the University of Auckland, developing postgraduate training programmes on addiction practice and alcohol and drug teaching in their medical programme. His current focus is on the application of community strength building approaches to health, leading the development of teaching programmes in alcohol and drug studies, mental health and health promotion and in the University’s research initiatives in violence, Asian health, addictive behaviour, gambling and community development.
Professor Adams is the author of several publications. He has published more than 100 research outputs including four sole-authored books: Gambling, Freedom and Democracy (Routledge, 2007), Fragmented Intimacy: Addiction in a Social World (Springer, 2008) and. Masculine Empire: How Men Use Violence to Keep Women in Line (Dunmore, 2012) and Moral Jeopardy: Risks of Accepting Money from the Tobacco, Alcohol and Gambling Industries (Cambridge University Press, 2016). More about Professor Peter Adams: https://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/en/soph/peter-adams.html