Sally Marlow is an internationally and nationally recognised broadcaster and academic, who specialises in the relationships between mental health, addiction and the arts. She regularly presents radio documentaries and podcasts on mental health for the BBC, combining the science with stories of those living with mental illness to explain complex concepts and bring new discoveries to listeners. She has also contributed to programmes including Today, Woman’s Hour, Inside Health, Inside Science and All in the Mind, and she is a regular writer for several areas of the BBC website, including BBC News. In July 2022 she was appointed the BBC’s first ever Researcher in Residence, based at BBC Radio 3.

Sally is also Professor of Practice in Public Understanding of Mental Health Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. She creates and delivers short films and podcasts, as well as innovative engagement and impact events and activities, collaborating with experts by experience, cultural and community partners. Sally’s broadcasting, film and engagement work is underpinned by her PhD in Addiction Science, and she has an active research portfolio, which includes interdisciplinary approaches to mental health, addiction and the arts. In academia she has also led on high value strategic projects, and is a respected and popular teacher. She publishes both her research and commentaries, and regularly presents at conferences, and in 2018 was appointed Director’s Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She divides her time between central London and a remote part of the Yorkshire Dales. You can contact Sally at


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