Michal Miovský

Speech title:
What happens on global scene with education and training in addiction science: a story of emerging new professionals, professional identity and comprehensive university study programs in addictions


Michal Miovský is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. A graduate of a single-major academic programme in psychology at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University, Brno, and a postgraduate programme at the Faculty of Arts of Palacky University, Olomouc, he qualified as a senior lecturer (“docent”) in clinical psychology at Palacky University in 2005 and was appointed as professor in the same field at Charles University in 2012.

He started his professional career as a prevention and counselling worker in the Podané ruce association (NGO) in Brno, where he later worked as the head of the Elysium psychotherapeutic day-care centre and the manager of the Department of Treatment Facilities. In parallel, he developed his expertise in clinical psychology at the Brno-Bohunice Clinic of Psychiatry. From 2001 to 2005 he was affiliated as a researcher with the Institute of Psychology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and worked as a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Arts of Palacky University, Olomouc, where he was especially concerned with research methodology, substance use treatment and prevention, and film-oriented narrative psychology.

In 2005 he was appointed as the head of the Centre for Addictology at the Department of Psychiatry of the 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague. In January 2012 he became the head of the Department of Addictology, an independent institution created by the merger of the Centre for Addictology and the Addiction Treatment Unit of the General University Hospital (“U Apolináře”). Since 2008 he has held the office of the Vice-dean for non-medical study programmes at the 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague. From 2016 to 2018 he was the president of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE).

In 2016 he became a founding member of the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) and in 2017 he was elected the first ever president of this international organisation following its incorporation. He is a permanent member of the Scientific Board of Charles University and a member of the Scientific Board of the Czech Health Minister. For more information and publications visit: