Sussex Addiction Research and Intervention Centre (SARIC)


The Sussex Addiction Research & Intervention Centre (SARIC) was founded in 2014 at the University of Sussex to bring together research and methodology investigating all aspects of drug and alcohol misuse as well as behavioural addictions.

SARIC aims to improve our understanding of the neurobiology and biopsychology of behavioural addictions and substance use disorders. By designing clinical interventions, we hope to improve the daily lives of individuals with addictions, their families, and the communities where they live and work.


What we do


Our experienced researchers with diverse expertise specialise in all elements of addiction science, including: 

- theoretical models

- neuroscience

- human psychopharmacology

- clinical psychology

- clinical trials

- epidemiology

- policy issues. 


Our Strategy


The SARIC strategy is strongly aimed at:

- working with the community to design clinical interventions for individuals with addictions and their families

- bring the topic of addictions to the forefront of focused and impactful research

- developing international collaborations with research groups, clinical facilities, and institutions concerned with addiction

- recruiting talented addiction-focused students to work with us.


Our Team




Dr Bryan SingerDr Bryan Singer

Lecturer, School of Psychology

Chair, Sciences & Technology Cross-Schools Research Ethics Committee



Dr Raquel Nogueira ArjonaDr Raquel Nogueira Arjona

Lecturer, School of Psychology

Advisory Board

Professor Harriet De Wit

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL, USA)

Professor Marcus Heilig

Centre for Translational Psychiatric Research
University of Linköping (Linköping, Sweden)

Professor Terry Robinson

Department of Psychology,
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, USA)

Dr Yavin Shaham

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Intramural Research Program
National Institutes of Health (Baltimore, MD, USA)

Professor Dai Stephens
School of Psychology
University of Sussex (Brighton, UK)