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Professor Bobby Smyth
Clinical Professor, Public Health & Primary Care

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

McCarron P., Smyth B., Carroll G., Glynn M., Barry J., Whiston L., Keenan E., Darker C., Truszkowska E., Patterns of new psychoactive substance use among opioid-dependent patients attending for opioid substitution treatment, HEROIN ADDICTION AND RELATED CLINICAL PROBLEMS, 24, (1), 2022, p21 - 29 Journal Article, 2022 URL

Seán R. Millar, Deirdre Mongan, Bobby P. Smyth, Ivan J. Perry, Brian Galvin , Relationships between age at first substance use and persistence of cannabis use and cannabis use disorder, BMC Public Health, 2021 Journal Article, 2021

Millar SR, Mongan D, O'Dwyer C, Long J, Smyth BP, Perry IJ, Galvin B., Correlates of patterns of cannabis use, abuse and dependence: evidence from two national surveys in Ireland., European journal of public health, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI URL

Smyth, Bobby P., Cannon, Mary, Cannabis Legalization and Adolescent Cannabis Use: Explanation of Paradoxical Findings, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Smyth, Bobby P, Christie, Grant IG, Opposition to cannabis legalization on public health grounds, The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific, 9, 2021, p100142 Journal Article, 2021 URL DOI

Smyth BP., Head shops and new psychoactive substances: a public health perspective., Irish journal of psychological medicine, 2021, p1-8 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Comiskey, C, James, P, Smyth, B, Journeying with fear: Young people's experiences of cannabis use, crime and violence before treatment entry, Journal of Child and Adolesc ent Psychiatric Nursing., 2020, p1 - 6 Journal Article, 2020 URL

Smyth, Bobby P, O"Farrell, Anne, Cullen, Walter, Drug-related medical hospital admissions during and after a period of head shop expansion, European Journal of Public Health, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI URL

Smyth BP, Cannon M, Molodynski A, Curran HV, Eastwood N, Winstock AR., Would decriminalising personal use of cannabis lead to higher rates of mental illness?, BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 368, 2020, pl6975 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Smyth Bobby P, Daly Antoinette, Elmusharaf Khalifa, McDonald Conor, Clarke Mary, Craig Sarah, Cullen Walter, Legislation targeting head shops selling new psychoactive substances and changes in drug-related psychiatric admissions: A national database study , Early intervention in psychiatry , 14, (1), 2020, p53 - 60 Journal Article, 2020 URL DOI

Smyth BP, McCarney G., Treatment of Adolescent Heroin Dependence: The End of an Era., Irish medical journal, 113, (1), 2020, p2 Journal Article, 2020 DOI URL

James, Philip David, Comiskey, Catherine, Smyth, Bobby P., "Debt on Me Head": A Qualitative Study of the Experience of Teenage Cannabis Users in Treatment, Journal of Addictions Nursing, 30, (3), 2019, p211-218 Journal Article, 2019 URL DOI

Smyth BP, Barry J, Financial Support by Billionaires for Research and Policy Analysis Should Be Subject to Disclosure Rules, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 80, (2), 2019, p265 - 266 Journal Article, 2019 URL DOI

Smyth BP, O"Farrell A, Daly A., Cannabis use and Associated Health Problems: What's the Harm?, Irish medical journal, 112, (9), 2019, p1000 Journal Article, 2019 URL DOI

Bobby Smyth, Addressing the harms related to youth substance use: treatment of individuals and population focused legislative responses, Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, 2018 Thesis, 2018 URL

Ivers JH, Zgaga L, Sweeney B, Keenan E, Darker C, Smyth BP, Barry J., A naturalistic longitudinal analysis of post-detoxification outcomes in opioid-dependent patients., Drug and Alcohol Review, 37, (S1), 2018, p339 - 347 Journal Article, 2018 DOI TARA - Full Text

Smyth BP, Ducray K, Cullen W, Changes in psychological well-being among heroin-dependent adolescents during psychologically supported opiate substitution treatment., Early intervention in psychiatry, 12, (3), 2018, p417 - 425 Journal Article, 2018 URL DOI

Smyth Bobby P, Elmusharaf Khalifa, Cullen Walter, Opioid substitution treatment and heroin dependent adolescents: reductions in heroin use and treatment retention over twelve months , BMC pediatrics , 18 , (1 ), 2018, p151 - Journal Article, 2018 URL DOI

BOBBY P. SMYTH, MARY CLARKE, SARAH CRAIG & WALTER CULLEN, NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES AND MENTAL HEALTH: CHANGES IN DRUGRELATED PSYCHIATRIC ADMISSIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF HEADSHOPS, Drug & Alcohol Review, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Annual Conference, Sydney, 1/11/2016, 35, (Suppl 1), 2017, pp68 - 69 Conference Paper, 2017 DOI

Smyth Bobby P, New psychoactive substances in Ireland following the criminal justice (psychoactive substances) act-why all the pessimism? , Addiction (Abingdon, England) , 112 , (9 ), 2017, p1686 - Journal Article, 2017 DOI URL

Smyth BP, Lyons S, Cullen W., Decline in new psychoactive substance use disorders following legislation targeting headshops: Evidence from national addiction treatment data., Drug and Alcohol Review, 36, (5), 2017, p609 - 617 Journal Article, 2017

Cousins G., Mongan D., Barry J., Smyth B., Rackard M., Long J., Potential impact of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Ireland: Evidence from the national alcohol diary survey, Alcohol and Alcoholism, 51, (6), 2016, p734-740 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

McCombe G., Henihan A., Klimas J., Klimas J., Swan D., Leahy D., Anderson R., Bury G., Dunne C., Keenan E., Meagher D., O"Gorman C., O"Toole T., Saunders J., Smyth B., Lambert J., Kaner E., Cullen W., Enhancing alcohol screening and brief intervention among people receiving opioid agonist treatment: qualitative study in primary care, Drugs and Alcohol Today, 16, (4), 2016, p247-258 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Henihan A., McCombe G., Klimas J, Swan D., Leahy D., Anderson R., Bury G., Dunne C., Keenan E., Lambert J., Meagher D., O'Gorman C., O'Toole T., O'Toole T., Saunders J., Shorter G, Smyth B., Kaner E., Cullen W., Feasibility of alcohol screening among patients receiving opioid treatment in primary care, BMC Family Practice, 17, (1), 2016, p1-10 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

James P., Fida A., Konovalov P., Smyth B., Smyth B., Non-medical use of olanzapine by people on methadone treatment, Psychiatrist, 40, (6), 2016, p314-317 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Cousins G., Mongan D., Barry J., Smyth B., Rackard M., Long J., Estimating Risk of Alcohol Dependence Using Empirically Validated Ordinal Risk Zones Versus Recommended Binary Risk Zones of the RAPS4: A Validation Study Using Stratum-Specific Likelihood Ratio Analysis, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40, (8), 2016, p1700-1706 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Smyth B., Hannigan A., Cullen W., Cocaine use in young adults: Correlation with early onset cannabis, alcohol and tobacco use, Irish Medical Journal, 109, (9), 2016, p467 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Byrne P, Ducray K, Smyth BP, The Impact of Sex Upon Needs and Quality of Life Within a Population on Methadone Treatment., Journal of addiction medicine, 10, (1), 2016, p60-7 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Bobby P Smyth, Kevin Ducray, Walter Cullen, Changes in psychological wellbeing among heroin dependent adolescents during psychologically supported opiate substitution treatment, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association Addiction Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 19/5/2016, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association , 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Klimas J, Marie Henihan A, McCombe G, Swan D, Anderson R, Bury G, Dunne C, Keenan E, Saunders J, Shorter GW, Smyth BP, Cullen W, Psychosocial Interventions for Problem Alcohol Use in Primary Care Settings (PINTA): Baseline Feasibility Data., Journal of dual diagnosis, 11, (2), 2015, p97-106 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Darker CD, Palmer D, O'Reilly G , Whiston L & Smyth BP , Young People in Drug Treatment: Their Views on Substance Use Aetiology, Trajectory, Parents' Role in Drug Use and Coping., Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 32, 2015, p247 - 258 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Smyth, B.P., James, P., Cullen, W., & Darker, C., "So prohibition can work?" Changes in use of novel psychoactive substances among adolescents attending a drug and alcohol treatment service following a legislative ban. , International Journal of Drug Policy, 26, (9), 2015, p887 - 889 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Smyth, B.P., Kelly, A., Cullen, W., Darker, C. , Treatment outcome for adolescents abusing alcohol and cannabis: how many 'reliably improve'?, Irish Medical Journal, 108, (5), 2015, p137 - 140 Journal Article, 2015 Handle

Leahy D., Schaffalitzky E., Armstrong C., Latham L., McNicholas F., Meagher D., Nathan Y., O"Connor R., O"Keane V., Ryan P., Smyth B., Swan D., Cullen W., How social context impacts on the development, identification and treatment of mental and substance use disorders among young people - A qualitative study of health care workers, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 32, (1), 2015, p117-128 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Schaffalitzky E, Leahy D, Cullen W, Gavin B, Latham L, O'Connor R, Smyth BP, O'Dea E, Ryan S, Youth mental health in deprived urban areas: a Delphi study on the role of the GP in early intervention., Irish journal of medical science, 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Fagan,J.B., Lyons, S.M., Smyth, B.P., Content analysis of newspaper reports on alcohol-related deaths, Alcohol and Alcoholism, 49, (4), 2014, p479-483 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

Keane, L., Ducray, K., Smyth, B.P., Psychological Characteristics of Heroin-Dependent and Non-Opioid-Substance-Dependent Adolescents in Community Drug Treatment Services, Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23, (4), 2014, p205-209 Journal Article, 2014

Apantaku-Olajide, T., James, P.D., Smyth, B.P., Association of Educational Attainment and Adolescent Substance Use Disorder in a Clinical Sample, Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23, (3), 2014, p169-176 Journal Article, 2014

Schaffalitzky E, Leahy D, Armstrong C, Gavin B, Latham L, McNicholas F, Meagher D, O'Connor R, O'Toole T, Smyth BP, Cullen W, "Nobody really gets it";: a qualitative exploration of youth mental health in deprived urban areas., Early intervention in psychiatry, 2014 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text DOI

J Klimas, K Lally, L Murphy, L Crowley, R Anderson, D Meagher, BP Smyth, G Bury, W Cullen., Development and process evaluation of an educational intervention to support primary care of problem alcohol among drug users. , Drugs & Alcohol Today ,, 14, 2014, p76 - 86 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Martin M, Klimas J, Dunne C, Meagher D, O'Connor WT, O'Dwyer P, Smyth BP, Cullen W, Genetic Pre-determinants of Concurrent Alcohol and Opioid Dependence: A critical review., OA Alcohol , 1, (2), 2013, p18- Journal Article, 2013

Apantaku-Olajide T, Darker CD, Smyth BP, Onset of Cocaine Use: Associated Alcohol Intoxication and Psychosocial Characteristics Among Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment., Journal of addiction medicine, 7, (3), 2013, p183 - 188 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Behan B, Connolly CG, Datwani S, Doucet M, Ivanovic J, Morioka R, Stone A, Watts R, Smyth B, Garavan H, Response inhibition and elevated parietal-cerebellar correlations in chronic adolescent cannabis users., Neuropharmacology, 2013 Journal Article, 2013 DOI URL

Field CA, Klimas J, Barry J, Bury G, Keenan E, Smyth BP, Cullen W, Problem alcohol use among problem drug users in primary care: a qualitative study of what patients think about screening and treatment , BMC Family Practice, 14, (1), 2013, p98- Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text URL

Leahy D, Schaffalitzky E, Armstrong C, Bury G, Cussen-Murphy P, Davis R, Dooley B, Gavin B, Keane R, Keenan E, Latham L, Meagher D, McGorry P, McNicholas F, O'Connor R, O'Dea E, O'Keane V, O'Toole TP, Reilly E, Ryan P, Sanci L, Smyth BP, Cullen W, Primary care and youth mental health in Ireland: qualitative study in deprived urban areas., BMC family practice, 14, 2013, p194 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text DOI

Orr C, Morioka R, Behan B, Datwani S, Doucet M, Ivanovic J, Kelly C, Weierstall K, Watts R, Smyth B, Garavan H, Altered resting-state connectivity in adolescent cannabis users., The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse, 39, (6), 2013, p372-81 Journal Article, 2013 DOI URL

Klimas J, Anderson R, Bourke M, Bury G, Field CA, Kaner E, Keane R, Keenan E, Meagher D, Murphy B, O'Gorman CS, O'Toole TP, Saunders J, Smyth BP, Dunne C, Cullen W, Psychosocial interventions for alcohol use among problem drug users: protocol for a feasibility study in primary care., JMIR research protocols, 2, (2), 2013, pe26 Journal Article, 2013

Apantaku-Olajide T, Smyth BP, Non-medical use of psychotropic prescription drugs among adolescents in substance use treatment., Journal of psychoactive drugs, 45, (4), 2013, p340-6 Journal Article, 2013 DOI URL

Amass, L., Pukeleviciene, V., Subata, E., Almeida, A.R., Pieri, M.C., D'Egidio, P., Stankova, Z., Costa, A., Smyth, B.P., Sakoman, S., Wei, Y., Strang, J., A prospective, randomized, multicenter acceptability and safety study of direct buprenorphine/naloxone induction in heroin-dependent individuals, Addiction, 107, (1), 2012, p142-151 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL

James, P., Smyth, B.P., Commentary on Crutzen et al. (2012), Negative associations between primary school children's perception of being allowed to drink at home and alcohol use, Mental Health and Substance Use, 5(1), 64-69, 5, (3), 2012, p268-270 Journal Article, 2012

Darker, C., Sweeney, B., El Hassan, H., Kelly, A., Smyth, B., and Barry, J. , Cognitive behavioural coping skills therapy in cocaine using methadone maintained patients: a pilot randomised controlled trial, Heroin Addiction & Related Clinical Problems, 14, (3), 2012, p101-110 Journal Article, 2012

Smyth BP, Fagan J, Kernan K, Outcome of heroin-dependent adolescents presenting for opiate substitution treatment., Journal of substance abuse treatment, 42, (1), 2012, p35-44 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL

David Barry, Hussain Syed and Bobby P Smyth, The journey into injecting heroin use, Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems, 14, (3), 2012, p89 - 100 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Ducray D, Darker C, Smyth BP, Situational and psycho-social factors associated with relapse following detoxification in a population of Irish opioid dependent patients. , Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine , 29, (2), 2012, p72 - 79 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Philip D. James, Tunde Apantaku-Olajide, Bobby P. Smyth, Substance use and Psychiatric disorders in Irish adolescents: a cross-sectional study of patients attending substance abuse treatment service. , Mental Health and Substance Use , 2012, p1 - 9 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Apantaku-Olajide, T., Ducray, K., Byrne, P., Smyth, B.P., Perception of unmet needs and association with benzodiazepine misuse among patients on a methadone maintenance treatment programme, The Psychiatrist, 36, (5), 2012, p169-174 Journal Article, 2012

Jan Klimas, Catherine Anne Field, Joe Barry, Gerard Bury, Eamon Keenan, Suzi Lyons, Bobby Smyth, Walter Cullen, Commentary on 'The research translation problem: Alcohol screening and brief intervention in primary care - real world evidence supports theory', Drugs: education, prevention and policy, Online, 2011, p1 - 3 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Darker CD, Sweeney BP, El Hassan HO, Smyth BP, Ivers JH, Barry JM, Brief interventions are effective in reducing alcohol consumption in opiate-dependent methadone-maintained patients: Results from an implementation study., Drug and alcohol review, 2011 Journal Article, 2011 URL DOI

Smyth, B., Kelly, A., Cox, G., Decline in age of drinking onset in Ireland, gender and per capita alcohol consumption, Alcohol and Alcoholism, 46, (3), 2011 Journal Article, 2011 DOI URL

Kearns C, James P, Smyth BP, Drinking patterns and preferences among Irish substance abusing teenagers: a pilot study. , Journal of Addictions Nursing, 22, 2011, p124 - 129 Journal Article, 2011

Ducray K, Byrne P, Burke C, Smyth BP, A comparison of drug use patterns, measures of needs and quality of life of methadone-maintained patients using and not using cocaine., Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems, 13, 2011, p27 - 38 Journal Article, 2011 URL

The Childs Perspective in, editor(s)David B. Cooper , Responding in Mental Health-Substance Use , Oxford, Radcliffe Publishing Ltd, 2011, [James P, Smyth BP] Book Chapter, 2011

Apantaku-Olajide T, Smyth BP, Gibbons P, Naturalistic study of patients presenting in crisis to an Irish adult community mental health team: Sociodemographic and Clinical characteristics, International Psychiatry, 8, 2011, p72 - 74 Journal Article, 2011

Field CA, Klimas J, Barry J, Bury G, Keenan E, Lyons S, Smyth BP, Cullen W, Alcohol screening and brief intervention among drug users in primary care: a discussion paper., Irish journal of medical science, 2011 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Mongan, D., McCormick, P.A., O'Hara, S., Smyth, B., Long, J., Can Ireland's increased rates of alcoholic liver disease morbidity and mortality be explained by per capita alcohol consumption?, Alcohol and alcoholism, 46, (4), 2011 Journal Article, 2011

Edokpolo, O., Nkire, N., Smyth, B.P., Irish adolescents with ADHD and comorbid substance use disorder, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 27, (3), 2010, p148-151 Journal Article, 2010

Smyth BP, Barry J, Keenan E, Ducray K, Lapse and relapse following inpatient treatment of opiate dependence., Irish medical journal, 103, (6), 2010, p176-9 Journal Article, 2010 URL

Smyth, B.P., Darker, C., Donnelly-Swift, E., Barry, J.M., & Allwright, S.P. , A telephone survey of parental attitudes and behaviours regarding teenage drinking, BMC Public Health, 10, 2010, p297 Journal Article, 2010 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Edokpolo O, James P, Kearns C, Campbell A, Smyth BP, Gender differences in psychiatric symptomatology in adolescents attending a community drug and alcohol treatment program., Journal of psychoactive drugs, 42, (1), 2010, p31-6 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Ryder N, Cullen W, Barry J, Bury G, Keenan E, Smyth BP, Prevalence of problem alcohol use among patients attending primary care for methadone treatment., BMC Family Practice, 10, (42), 2009 Journal Article, 2009 TARA - Full Text URL DOI

Fagan, J., Naughton, L., Smyth, B., Opiate-dependent adolescents in Ireland: A descriptive study at treatment entry, 25, (2), 2008, p46-51 Journal Article, 2008

Roche A, McCabe S, Smyth BP, Illicit Methadone Use and Abuse in Young People Accessing Treatment for Opiate Dependence, European Addiction Research, 14, 2008, p219 - 225 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

Kamal F, Flavin S, Campbell F, Behan C, Fagan J, Smyth R, Factors affecting the outcome of methadone maintenance treatment in opiate dependence, Irish Medical Journal, 100, (3), 2007, p393 - 397 Journal Article, 2007

Smyth BP, Roche A, Recipient syringe sharing and its relationship to social proximity, perception of risk and preparedness to share, Addictive Behaviours, 32, 2007, p1943 - 1948 Journal Article, 2007 DOI

Smyth BP, Abstinence orientated treatment for opiate addiction, 2006, - B J Psych 292-293 Miscellaneous, 2006

Grogan L, Tiernan M, Geogeghan N, Smyth B, Keenan E, Bloodborne virus infections among drug users in Ireland: a retrospective cross-sectional survey of screening, prevalence, incidence and hepatitis B immunisation uptake, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 174, (2), 2005, p14 - 20 Journal Article, 2005 DOI

Smyth B, Barry J, Keenan E, Irish injecting drug users and hepatitis C: the importance of the social context of injecting, International Journal of Epidemiology, 34, 2005, p166 - 172 Journal Article, 2005 URL DOI

Treatment of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders in, editor(s)Gowers S , Seminars in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, London, Gaskell, 2005, pp269 - 292, [Smyth B, Gowers S] Book Chapter, 2005

Gowers SG, Smyth B., The impact of a motivational assessment interview on initial response to treatment in adolescent anorexia nervosa., Eating Disorders Review, 12, 2004, p87 - 93 Journal Article, 2004 DOI URL URL

Smyth B, O'Brien M, Children attending addiction treatment services in Dublin, 1990-1999, European Addiction Research, 10, 2004, p68 - 74 Journal Article, 2004

Smyth BP, O'Connor JJ, Barry J, Keenan E, Retrospective cohort study examining incidence of HIV and hepatitis C infection among injecting drug users in Dublin, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 57, 2003, p310 - 311 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

Smyth B, Barry J, Keenan E, Syringe borrowing persists in Dublin despite harm reduction interventions, Addiction, 96, 2001, p717 - 727 Journal Article, 2001 URL URL DOI

Gervin, M., Hughes, R., Bamford, L., Smyth, B.P., Keenan, E., Heroin smoking by 'chasing the dragon' in young opiate users in Ireland: Stability and associations with use to 'come down' off 'Ecstasy', Journal of substance abuse treatment , 20, (4), 2001, p297-300 Journal Article, 2001 DOI

Smyth B, O'Brien M, Barry J, Trends in treated opiate misuse in Dublin: The emergence of chasing the dragon., Addiction, 95, 2000, p1217 - 1223 Journal Article, 2000 URL URL DOI

Smyth, B.P., McMahon, J., O'Connor, J.J., Ryan, J., HCV screening [3], 93, (5), 2000, p154-155 Journal Article, 2000

Smyth BP, Keenan E, O'Connor JJ, Assessment of hepatitis C infection in injecting drug users attending an addiction treatment clinic., Irish journal of medical science, 169, (2), 2000, p129-32 Journal Article, 2000

Smyth, B.P., Langkamp, H., Schmid, M.L., Green, S.T., McKendrick, M.W., McCarthy, N., Health effects of prisons [2] (multiple letters), BMJ, 321, (7273), 2000, p1406-1407 Journal Article, 2000

Smyth BP, McMahon J, O'Connor JJ, Ryan J., Knowledge regarding hepatitis C among injecting drug users, Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 6, 1999, p257 - 264 Journal Article, 1999

Smyth, B.P., Keenan, E., O'Connor, J.J., Evaluation of the impact of Dublin's expanded harm reduction programme on prevalence of hepatitis C among short-term injecting drug users, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 53, (7), 1999, p434-435 Journal Article, 1999

Smyth B, McMahon J, O'Connor JJ, Ryan J, The use of primary care services by opiate dependant injecting drug users in Dublin. , European Journal of General Practice, 5, 1999, p143 - 148 Journal Article, 1999

Smyth BP, Keenan E, O'Connor JJ, Bloodborne viral infection in Irish injecting drug users., Addiction, 93, 1998, p1649 - 1656 Journal Article, 1998 DOI URL URL

Smyth, R., Keenan, E., Dorman, A., O'Connor, J., Hepatitis C infection among injecting drug users attending the National Drug Treatment Centre, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 164, (4), 1995, p267-268 Journal Article, 1995

Smyth, B., Keenan, E., Dorman, A., O'Connor, J.J., Gender differences in needle sharing behaviour patterns [2], Addiction, 89, (1), 1994, p96-97 Journal Article, 1994 DOI

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Smyth BP, Cannon M., Cannabis and public health-a need to reclaim the narrative., Ir J Med Sci, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

James P, Kearns T, Campbell A & Smyth BP, Adolescents & Substance Use: The Handbook for professionals working with Young People, Oxford, Radcliffe Publishing Ltd, 2013 Book, 2013

Barry S, Cannon M, Lawlor L, Smyth BP, What everyone should know about cannabis, Dublin, JOINT COMMITTEE ON ARTS, SPORT, TOURISM, COMMUNITY, RURAL & GAELTACHTAFFAIRS, GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION, June, 2006 Report, 2006

Berney T, Black S, Checinski K, Crome I, Feinmann C, Gowers S, Hobbs M, Marsden A, Mahmood T, Smith E, Smyth R, Walden C, The mental health of students in Higher Education, London, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2003 Report, 2003

Research Expertise


Addiction; Addiction and substance abuse; Addictions; ADOLESCENT; ADOLESCENT DRUG-USE; Adolescent Psychology; AETIOLOGY; Childhood and mental health; Development, prevention and treatment of mental disease or disorder; Educational disadvantage in children; Emotional, behavioural and cognitive disorders; Health attitudes and behaviour; Health outcomes; HEPATITIS C; INJECTION-DRUG USERS; Mental health and intellectual disability; Neurophysiology; Psychiatry; Psychometrics; Public health



Chairperson of the General Population Survey (GPS) Research Advisory Group for the HRB. The GPS measures the prevalence of use of alcohol and other drugs using a general population sample from across Ireland. 2018-2021

Chairperson of the Treatment & Prevention Subcommittee of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs & Alcohol Aug 2013 to Oct 2015

Board Member of Alcohol Action Ireland Nov 2011 to date

Member of the Alcohol Health Alliance. The AHA is a multi-agency group who advocate for a public health led response to alcohol policy. 2016 to 2021

Co-Chair (since 2021) of Youth & Student Mental Health Special Interest Group on (College of Psychiatrists of Ireland) 2013 to 2021

Member of Planet Youth Oversight Group for North Dublin 2020-

Member of the Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine 2018 to date

Expert subgroup on cannabis (College of Psychiatrists of Ireland) 2020 - 2021

Completed an external expert review of the Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Services (ADAWS) which was based at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. October 2016

Member of the Advisory Board of International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis 2021-

Evaluation of research grants for HRB funding 2013

Expert Advisory Group on alcohol, Public Health England 2014 - 2015

Addiction Faculty of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland 2014 to 2021

Alcohol Policy Group of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) 2011 to 2018

National Advisory Committee on Drugs & Alcohol Aug 2013 to Oct 2015

Member of the Early Warning & Emerging trends Subcommittee of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs 2005 to 2011

Addiction Subgroup of the Expert Group on Mental Health (which drafted " A Vision for Change", Ireland's mental health strategy) Jan to Dec 2005

Adolescent Subgroup - HSE National Consent Advisory Group Dec 2011 to April 2013

National Addiction Training Program 2012 to 2015

Journal review for Addiction, Alcohol and Alcoholism, PLoS One, BMJ Open Ophthalmology, Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Substance Abuse, BMC Public Health, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, Public Health Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Addictive Diseases, Pediatric Drugs, Expert Review of Anti Infective Therapy, Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 2004 to date

Adviser to Aiseiri Aislinn in Kilkenny, the sole residential adolescent addiction treatment service in Ireland Sept 2011 to date

Awards and Honours

Margaret Davenport Prize (Royal College of Psychiatrists) 2000

Registrar's Prize ( Royal Acadamy of Medicine in Ireland) 1997

Mental health category of the HSE Open Access awards for 2018 5 Dec 2018


College of Psychiatrists of Ireland 2010

Royal College of Psychiatrists 1997

Society for the Study of Addiction 1997

Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2004

Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1998