Alexander Johnstone MSc. Alcohol & Drug Studies, FHEA.

Alex is a qualified academic with a Master of Science degree in Alcohol & Drug Studies gained in 2007. His academic research has been published evidencing his particular expertise within the areas of substitute drug maintenance with drug users, especially Class A drugs.

Since 2006 he worked as an Associate Lecturer in Paisley University. From 2008 he has been working as an academic, within the Drug & Alcohol Research Team, as an Associate Lecturer within the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Alex delivers lectures to a variety of key professionals such as:

  • Addiction, Health & Social Care Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Police & Prison Staff
  • Mental Health Nurses.

Alex also mentors work placements with post graduate students within Criminal Justice Social Work. He previously worked in the Scottish Prison Service in the role of Addiction & Programmes Officer. During that time he was involved with all aspects of intelligence, enforcement, custody, treatment and education. In 2007 he moved to the Criminal Justice Social Work Department, West Dunbartonshire, as a cognitive based group worker where he presently works. In 2010, he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2012 he was on the SQA (Scottish Qualification Awards) design team for writing the PDA in Brief Interventions for Substance Misuse. In 2013 Alex fulfilled the requirements for study at PhD level. Alex presently teaches at further education colleges in Scotland on Health & Social Care and Substance Misuse. In 2016 he gained his Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Part 1 of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He has 26 years substantive criminal justice experience in working with drug users. Unlike many academics, Alex consistently works on a daily basis with many alcohol & drug dependent individuals.  In 2013, he joined the Crew expert witness team.



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