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Personal profile

Research interests

Notable Research Awards and Prizes

  • UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, Early Career Award, 2018
  • Cancer Research UK, Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 2017
  • Welcome Trust, Public Engagement Prize, 2015
  • BMJ, Best Research Paper of the Year Award, 2014
  • NIHR Coordinating Centre for Research, Capacity Development Scholarship, 2011

 

Research Profile


I am Research Director for The Addiction and Mental Health Group (AIM). I currently hold a post-doctoral fellowship award from Cancer Research UK. My fellowship focuses on designing a smoking cessation intervention for people with depression/anxiety and testing the intervention in mental health settings (Improving Access to Psychological Services (IAPT)) in a randomised and controlled feasibility and pilot study. 

I am an epidemiologist and behavioural scientist. My work falls within the remits of clinical and health psychology, and public health, with a strong focus on applied research. My research uses epidemiological findings to find and explore intervention targets, and then interpret the results using behavioural and psychological theory for use in mental health and addiction treatment settings. 

I completed my PhD in epidemiology in 2014 at The University of Birmingham on the topic of smoking and mental health.  I continued on to post-doctoral position projects at the University of Bristol working across the MRC's Integrative Epidemiology Unit, and the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group until 2018.

 

 

PhD and DClinPsych Supervision

I am happy to supervise PhD and DClinPsych projects in these areas:

Methodologies:

  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses 
  • Observational/cohort studies
  • Secondary analyses (i.e., randomised controlled trials, Clinical Practice Research Database) 
  • Advanced epidemiological techniques (i.e., propensity score matching, instrumental variable analyses, causal inference)
  • Feasibility and pilot randomised controlled trials
  • Randomised designs

Topics:

  • Tobacco smoking and mental health
  • Tobacco smoking treatment and epidemiology
  • Mental health treatment and epidemiology
  • Addiction treatment and epidemiology
  • Dual treatment of addiction and mental health
  • Projects based in primary care services
  • Projects based in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services
  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Behaviour change

Teaching interests

I currently teach on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) and the MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology programmes.

Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

20112014

Psychology & Biology (1st class), Bachelor of Science, University of Worcester

20062009

Applied Clinical and Health Psychology, Master of Science, University of Worcester

20092011

Keywords

  • smoking
  • tobacco
  • smoking cessation
  • mental health
  • tobacco treatment
  • mental health treatment
  • IAPT
  • meta-analysis
  • epidemiology
  • RCT
  • pilot studies
  • primary care
  • CPRD
  • instrumental variable analysis
  • propensity score matching

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2014 2019

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Does smoking cause poor mental health?

Taylor, G. M. J. & Munafò, M. R., 1 Jan 2019, In : The Lancet Psychiatry. 6, 1, p. 2-3 2 p.

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Evidence for causal effects of lifetime smoking on risk for depression and schizophrenia: a Mendelian randomisation study

Wootton, R. E., Richmond, R. C., Stuijfzand, B. G., Lawn, R. B., Sallis, H. M., Taylor, G. M. J., Hemani, G., Jones, H. J., Zammit, S., Davey Smith, G. & Munafò, M. R., 6 Nov 2019, In : Psychological Medicine. p. 1-9 9 p.

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IntEgrating Smoking Cessation treatment As part of usual Psychological care for dEpression and anxiety (ESCAPE): protocol for a randomised and controlled, multicentre, acceptability, feasibility and implementation trial

Taylor, G., Aveyard, P., Bartlem, K., Shaw, A., Player, J., Metcalfe, C., Kessler, D. & Munafò, M. R., 23 Jan 2019, In : Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 5, 16, p. 1-13 13 p.

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Long-term effectiveness and safety of varenicline and nicotine replacement therapy in people with neurodevelopmental disorders: A prospective cohort study

Itani, T., Rai, D., Jones, T., Taylor, G., Thomas, K. H., Martin, R., Munafò, M. R., Davies, N. & Taylor, A., 5 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Scientific Reports.

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