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Peter J. Adams

I was born in Auckland of Scottish/Irish/English ancestry. I initially graduated from the University of Auckland in the early 1980s with postgraduate training in philosophy and psychology. I practised as a clinical psychologist for 13 years during which I developed specialist expertise in the area of addictive behaviour and violence. This led me into playing an active and often leadership role in community initiatives that included forming a violence collective, establishing innovations in mental health and addiction services, chairing the Problem Gambling Foundation and fostering a variety of workforce initiatives with a community focus.

From 1991 on, I brought this enthusiasm for community development into the University, and developed postgraduate training programmes on addiction practice and alcohol and drug teaching in our medical programme.  In 2000, restructuring of our faculty provided the opportunity to establish a new section focused specifically on the application of community strength building approaches to health. Over the next eleven years I led the growth of Social and Community Health in its development of teaching programmes in alcohol and drug studies, mental health and health promotion and in its research initiatives in violence, Asian health, addictive behaviour, gambling and community development.  


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Moral Jeopardy
Moral Jeopardy (2016)
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Fragmented Intimacy (2008)
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Masculine Empire (2012)
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Gambling, Freedom & Democracy (2007)

Other Webpages

The following pages provide summaries of my activities:

  • Alcohol & Other Drugs - A summary of teaching and research activities with a listing of publications in the areas of addiction, AOD services, screening and brief intervention, AOD workforce development and general issues.
  • Gambling Research - A summary of research and community involvements with a listing of publications in the areas of industry ethics, problem gambling interventions, approaches to harm minimization and other issues.
  • Male Partner Violence - A summary of research and community activities with a listing of publications divided into male partner violence, interventions with men and sexual abuse.
  • Rhetoric, Language and Philosophy - Lists interest areas along with publications divided into rhetoric, language and philosophy.
  • Mental Health Development - A summary of activities in mental health development and relevant publications.
  • PhD Supervision - A summary of interest areas for supervision and a listing of past a present PhD scholars.
  • Moral Jeopardy - Work on conflicts of interest in accepting money from the alcohol, tobacco and gambling industries.

Background information

Current roles


  • Master of Arts in Philosophy (First Class Honours, 1979)
  • Master in Arts in Psychology (COP, First Class Honours, 1981)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (1981)
  • University of Auckland Postgraduate Scholarship (3 years)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (in Psychology, 1991)

Printable CV


Contact details


School of Population Health 
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences 
University of Auckland 
Private Bag 92019 
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


Room 340
Level 3 Main Entrance
Tamaki Campus 
261 Morrin Rd 
Glen Innes