Timothy Stockwell

Timothy  Stockwell
Office: TEF 273

PhD 1980 (London, UK) joined Department in 2004

Area of expertise

Lifespan development

Tim was appointed Director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria in 2004. He has published over 400 research papers, book chapters and monographs, plus several books on prevention and treatment issues.

Dr. Stockwell was engaged in both clinical and research work in the UK before spending 16 years with Australia's National Drug Research Institute as Deputy Director and then Director. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford University and obtained a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. He was President of the international Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, 2005-2007. He received the 2013 EM Jellinek Memorial Award for outstanding research on social, cultural and policy aspects of alcohol with special mention of his work on minimum alcohol pricing. He also received a 2014 Health Research leadership award from Research Canada on behalf of CISUR.

He is committed to the advancement of public policy on substance use issues, and has established CISUR as a research centre which aims to shed light on the social, cultural and psychological determinants of harmful substance use, which applies rigorous measures of patterns of use and related harms, and which advances knowledge of effective policy and practice.

His research interests include: prevention of alcohol and other drug related harm; alcohol and other drug policy; measurement of alcohol consumption and related harms; public health and safety impacts of substance use; alcohol harm reduction; and regulatory policies to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Dr. Stockwell's CV


  • Prevention of alcohol and other drug-related harm
  • Alcohol and other drug policy
  • Measurement of alcohol consumption and related harms
  • Public health and safety impacts of substance use
  • Regulatory policies to reduce alcohol-related harm

Faces of UVic Research video

In this video, Tim Stockwell describes his research and development of harm reduction programs in his work with unstable drinkers. He explains Canada's use of alcohol floor prices, and describes CARBC's role in the ongoing international development of similar policies.

Selected publications

Stockwell, T., Zhao, J., Martin, G., Macdonald, S., Vallance, K., Treno, A., Ponicki, W., Tu, A., & Buxton, J. (2013). Minimum alcohol prices and outlet densities in British Columbia, Canada: Estimated impacts on alcohol-attributable hospital admissions. American Journal of Public Health, 103(11) 2014-2020. http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301289

Stockwell T, Zhao J, Giesbrecht N, Macdonald S, Thomas G, Wettlaufer A. (2012). The raising of minimum alcohol prices in Saskatchewan, Canada: impacts on consumption and implications for public health. American Journal of Public Health. 102(12): e103-10, http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2012.301094.

Stockwell, T. & Butt P, Beirness D, Gliksman L, & Paradis C. (2012). The basis for Canada’s new low-risk drinking guidelines: A relative risk approach to estimating hazardous levels and patterns of alcohol use. Drug and Alcohol Review. 31(2), 126-134. Article first published online: 29 SEP 2011    DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00342.x

Stockwell, T., Zhao, J., Macdonald, S., Vallance, K., Gruenewald, P., Ponick, W., Holder, H., & Treno, A. (2011). Impact on alcohol-related mortality of a rapid rise in the density of private liquor outlets in British Columbia: A local area multi-level analysis. Addiction, 106(4), 768-776.

Stockwell, T., Reist, D., Macdonald, S., Benoit, C., & Jansson, M. (2010). Addiction research centres and the nurturing of creativity: The Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, Canada. Addiction, 105(2), 207-215.

Stockwell, T., & Chikritzhs, T. (2009). Do Relaxed Trading Hours for Bars and Clubs Mean More Relaxed Drinking? A Review of International Research on the Impacts of Changes to Permitted Hours of Drinking. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 11(3), 153-170.