Colin R. Martin BSc PhD RN YCAP CPsychol CSci AFBPsS is a qualifi ed Nurse and Chair in Mental Health at the University of the West of Scotland and Adjunct Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia. He is also a Chartered Health Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist and has worked in senior management posts in the NHS followed by academic posts in the UK and the Far East. He has conducted original research in both the addictions and the mental health aspects of chronic diseases. Professor Martin is honorary Consultant Psychologist to The Salvation Army, UK and Eire Territories and was instrumental in formulating the addictions policy of the Salvation Army (UK and Eire) over recent years to develop high quality and evidence-based clinical care and services. He has published many scientifi c papers in psychology, biology, medical and nursing journals. He is also Editor of several books.