I was awarded my PGCert in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education from the University of Oxford in 2022 and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am an Associate Lecturer for Cochrane UK, and teach on their courses for Cochrane Review Authors.
I am a module co-ordinator for the Systematic Reviews module of the University of Oxford's MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. I also teach on other modules and the Medical School's Medicine programme.
I supervise undergraduate, MSc and DPhil students and provide pastoral care for Kellogg College students. My current DPhil students are carrying out research into the effects of quitting smoking on cardiovascular disease, the potential impact of smoking cessation treatments on socioeconomic equalities, and culturally tailoring smoking cessation interventions.
Declarations of Interest
My salary is funded by Cancer Research UK (project grant), Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (project grant) and the University of Oxford (teaching). I also receive payments for teaching from the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I have no affiliation with the tobacco industry.
BSc PGCert MSc PhD CPsychol FHEA
Senior Researcher & Lecturer
- University Research Lecturer
- Associate Lecturer for Cochrane UK
- Module Co-ordinator for University of Oxford 'Systematic Reviews' module
- Chartered Psychologist
- Associate Editor for Addiction (journal)
- Research Member of Common Room, Kellogg College
My research is internationally recognised and focuses on tobacco addiction and smoking cessation interventions. I am lead of the Oxford Tobacco Addiction Group (OxTAG) based within the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. I have achieved funding for, been involved in developing, and managed large multi-centre randomised controlled trials. In 2011 I received the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine's (UKSBM) Early Career Award, and I was awarded my doctorate, examining new approaches to smoking cessation (smoking reduction and nicotine preloading) by the University of Birmingham in 2012. I have worked in Primary Care since I completed my MSc in Research Methods, and as well as smoking and tobacco have also investigated ways to aid GPs in identifying patients with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).
In 2016 I was the Principal Investigator of a stakeholder engagement prioritisation project, funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (CTAG taps), which went on to inform the funding priorities of the NIHR and the French National Cancer Institute.
I am currently co-PI of a project to carry out a Living Cochrane systematic review of 'Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation'. More information on the project is available here, and a podcast (Let's Talk E-cigarettes) exploring our findings can be accessed here, as well as through Apple podcasts and Spotify. I was also the PI of a recently completed NIHR Evidence Synthesis Programme programme grant investigating the safety and effectiveness of pharmacological and electronic cigarette interventions for smoking cessation. This project included updating three existing Cochrane Reviews and carrying out a new Cochrane Review and component network meta-analyses looking at the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of smoking cessation medications and e-cigarettes.
I am also leading a programme of work investigating how best to help people in financial difficulties and/or in lower socio economic groups to quit smoking within services designed to provide financial guidance or assistance. So far, this involves a scoping review and service evaluation within social housing.
Butler AR. et al, (2024), Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 166
Lindson N. et al, (2024), The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 1
Leinberger-Jabari A. et al, (2023), Addiction