Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer (PhD)

About me

Dr. Halley Pontes (PhD) is a Portuguese clinical psychologist, researcher and lecturer in Psychology in the United Kingdom. Find more about his work here.

About me


Dr. Halley Pontes is a clinical psychologist in Portugal and currently works as a lecturer in psychology at Nottingham Trent University (UK), where he is a member of the Department of Psychology and The International Gaming Research Unit (IGRU), which is led by Dr. Mark Griffiths, a pioneer and one of the founders of the technological addictions field. Dr. Pontes is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Associate Member of the Portuguese Clinical Psychology Society (SPPC).

Dr. Pontes has been educated in a number of countries. More specifically, he obtained his BSc in Psychology (2011) and MSc in Clinical Psychology (2013) at the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (ISPA-IU) (Lisbon, Portugal). His MSc thesis represented the first Internet addiction study in Portugal. He has finished his PhD thesis in Behavioral Addictions in August 2016 at Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham, United Kingdom) and his Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) was awarded on the 23rd of March 2017. His doctoral thesis comprised several studies on both Internet addiction and video game addiction where he investigated in greater detail the effects of these two addictions on mental health in more than 4,000 individuals across the globe.

Dr. Pontes’ main research interests relate to the issues surrounding both clinical and psychometric assessment of behavioral and technological addictions. Additionally, he is interested in examining the impact excessive and addictive technology use has on mental health and psychological wellbeing in general. Dr. Pontes has also conducted many studies in other closely-related areas such as: smartphone addiction, social media addiction, work addiction, sex addiction, and game transfer phenomena. Although Dr. Pontes is mostly involved in research activities with national and international partners, he has also previously worked privately as a clinical psychologist in Portugal.

On a different note, his main motivation to do research in technological addictions stemmed from two main dimensions: personal and professional. At the personal level, his past experience of almost a decade of video game addiction led him to pursue his doctoral degree in order to better educate himself and also to understand his own experience from a different perspective. At the professional level, his main motivation emerged from the fact that back in 2011, research on behavioral and technological addictions was not on the agenda of researchers in Portugal.

Given his pioneering and internationally-recognized research profile and scientific outputs, Dr. Pontes is one of the first and most influential experts in the field of behavioral and technological addictions in Portugal. He actively publishes his research and has disseminated the findings of his research across over 60 peer reviewed scientific studies (see his publications on his websiteResearchGate or Academia.edu scientific profiles). His research has been published in a wide range of specialized refereed journals, such as: as: Computers in Human BehaviorCyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social NetworkingJournal of Behavioral Addictions; Addiction, Social Science & Medicine, and Addictive Behaviors. Furthermore, his work has been presented in many international conferences and also in the media. In addition to his prolific scientific output, Dr. Pontes has also received the 2016 Durand Jacobs Award from McGill University (Canada) for his contributions to the psychology of addictive behaviors.

Dr. Pontes, Clinical Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society, member of the Portuguese Clinical Psychology Society. Nottingham Trent University, Department of Psychology, International Gaming Research Unit, Nottingham, United Kingdom.