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Conor K. Farren, MB, PhD, ABPN (Dipl.), FRCPI, MRCPsych
Trinity College Dublin and St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Conor K. Farren is a consultant psychiatrist at St Patrick’s University Hospital and a clinical associate professor at Trinity College, Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland. He graduated with an MB from University College Dublin in 1985, and trained in psychiatry at St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin, becoming a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1992. Professor Farren studied addiction psychiatry at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, where he conducted research into new treatments for alcohol misuse.
Professor Farren’s professional career has been dedicated to researching the subject of addiction and helping those suffering its effects – both the addicts themselves and their families. His hospital appointments included posts as Medical Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit in New Haven; Director of the Dual Diagnosis and Addiction Psychiatry Unit at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Hospital in New York, NY, USA; and Director of the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programme at St Patrick’s University Hospital. This programme supports people with an addiction in combination with mood problems such as depression or bipolar disorder. Professor Farren has published widely, with numerous scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subjects of addiction and mental health, and he is on the editorial boards of Alcohol and Alcoholism and the Irish Journal of Medical Science. Professor Farren also writes extensively for newspapers and popular journals, and speaks on television and radio.
His first book, published in 2011, Overcoming Alcohol Misuse – A 28-Day Guide, offers support and guidance to those affected by alcohol addiction.
Lectures & interviews
- A web-based, multi-component, interactive self-help intervention can help problem drinkers reduce their alcohol consumption.
- In a trial of people with alcohol dependence, self-help group attendance increased in a computerized cognitive behavioural therapy group, and...
- A computer-based multi-media platform using graphics, video tapes, verbal instructions and interactive assessments can be a valuable adjunct to standard...
- Online tools can be very effective in terms of learning for medical professionals.