Research, Consultancy & Training

Dr Frank Ryan offers an innovative, research based,  approach to consultancy and training at both at individual or corporate level. This places enhancing motivation and self-control  centre-stage. Using the latest scientific findings on willpower, this can help individuals and teams to improve wellbeing and productivity.

Dr Ryan’s current teaching and research roles:

  • Visiting Clinical Tutor, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Visiting Research Fellow, London South Bank University
  • Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Imperial College.

Recent Publications and training events



Ryan, F. (2022). Psychotherapeutic Strategies to Enhance Motivation and Cognitive Control. In Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction (pp. 444-458). Routledge.

Ryan F and Skandali N (2016) Editorial: Reward Processing in Motivational and Affective Disorders. Front. Psychol. 7:1288. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01288

Ryan, F., Skandali, N., eds. (2016). Reward Processing in Motivational and AffectiveDisorders. Lausanne: Frontiers Media. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88919-986-0

Ryan, F. Willpower for Dummies. Wiley. Chichester

Ryan, F. Working with Addictions. Llewelyn, S., & Murphy, D. (Eds.). (2014). What is Clinical Psychology? Oxford University Press.

Weaver, T, Metrebian, N, Hellier, J., Pilling, S. Poovendran D., Charles, V., Little, N, Mitcheson, L. Ryan, F. Bowden-Jones. O., Dunn J., Glasper, A , Finch, E. , Strang, J.

Use of contingency management incentives to improve completion of hepatitis B vaccination in people undergoing treatment for heroin dependence: a cluster randomised trial. The Lancet

Ryan, F.  Appetite Lost & Found: Cognitive Psychology in the Addiction Clinic. In Munafo. M. & Albery, I. (Eds) Cognition and Addiction. Oxford University Press.


Ryan, F. Detected, selected, and sometimes neglected: Cognitive processing of cues in addiction. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 10. 67-76


Ryan, F. Attentional bias and alcohol dependence: A controlled study using the modified Stroop paradigm. Addictive Behaviors. 27. 471-482

Workshops & Training Events Rediscovering Willpower:

The key to successful outcomes in addiction and substance misuse.

The Willpower Workshop: Improving outcomes in motivational and affective disorders

The Willpower Workshop: Enhancing cognitive control to improve outcomes:

Thinking the way out of addiction. ( with

Professor Matt Field, University of Liverpool)

Willpower: The Key to Effective CBT:

Motivation & Change: Cognitive Therapy Applied to Addiction:

  • Workshop presentation at the European Association of behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (EABCT) Ljubljana, Slovenia (2017)
  • Workshop presentation at the European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (EABCT), Stockholm, Sweden (2016)
  • Workshop presentation at the European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (EABCT), The Hague, Netherlands (2014)
  • Invited workshop presentation at British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) annual conference, University of Birmingham (2014)
  • Invited workshop presentation to BABCP East of England branch (2014)
  • Invited workshop presentation to BABCP (Scottish Branch). Perth (2014)
  • Irish Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies. Dublin (2013)
  • MSc course in CBT. Trinity College, Dublin. (2013)
  • Chinese Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. Hong Kong, (2013)
  • European Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Therapy Annual Conference Geneva, Switzerland (2012)
  • EABCT Annual Conference, Reykjavik Iceland (2011)
  • 7th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Istanbul. Turkey (2011)
  • EABCT Annual Conference, Milan, Italy (2010)
  • EABCT Annual Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia (2009)