Harry Sumnall

Harry Sumnall

Professor in Substance Use

Public Health , Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool, UK


Harry is a Professor in Substance Use at the Public Health Institute. His undergraduate degree was in Pharmacology at the University of Manchester, and he completed his PhD, examining the Behavioural Pharmacology of MDMA, at the University of Liverpool. He joined Liverpool John Moores University in 2003 where he developed specialisms in public health. Harry undertakes and collaborates on a wide range of research on drug related topics - from pre-clinical studies to policy analysis - but has particular specialism in young people’s drug use, and prevention, education, and harm reduction interventions. Other current work includes research into public stigma towards people who use drugs, public support for drug policy, psychedelic microdosing, alcohol marketing, and the development and evaluation of interventions and support services for people at higher risk of drug related harm. Harry regularly discusses drug use topics with UK and international media, and regularly contributes to UK and international practice and policy development initiatives. Harry was a Member of the UK Government Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs between 2011-2019, a Board Member and Past-President of the European Society for Prevention Research (2010-2019), and is a scientific advisor to the MIND Foundation (Germany). He is a founding Steering Committee Member of the UK Anti-Stigma Network. He is an Associate Editor of the Journals Addictive Behaviors and Journal of Prevention.