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Research interests

I am a mixed methods researcher and my work falls within the remits of clinical and health psychology, and epidemiology, 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.

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 feasibility and pilot study. 

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


  • 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)
  • Qualitative research
  • Feasibility and pilot randomised controlled trials
  • Randomised designs


  • Tobacco smoking and mental health
  • Tobacco smoking treatment and epidemiology
  • Mental health treatment and epidemiology
  • Addiction treatment and epidemiology
  • Dual treatment of tobacco and mental health
  • Projects based in primary care services
  • Projects based in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services
  • Service improvement projects
  • 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


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


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



  • 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 2019

Research Output 2014 2018

Does smoking cause poor mental health? Implications for research and clinical practice

Taylor, G. & Munafò, M. R., 5 Dec 2018, In : The Lancet Psychiatry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Response to: Long-term smoking cessation: from general practice to public health

Taylor, G. M. J. & Davies, N. M., 1 Aug 2018, In : International Journal of Epidemiology. 47, 4, p. 1356 dyy084.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citations

Smoking as a risk factor for lung cancer in women and men: a systematic review and meta-analysis

O'Keeffe, L. M., Taylor, G., Huxley, R. R., Mitchell, P., Woodward, M. & Peters, S. A. E., 3 Oct 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 10, e021611.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

The effects of prescribing varenicline on two-year health outcomes: an observational cohort study using electronic medical records

Davies, N. M., Taylor, G. M. J., Taylor, A. E., Jones, T., Martin, R. M., Munafò, M. R., Windmeijer, F. & Thomas, K. H., 1 Jun 2018, In : Addiction. 113, 6, p. 1105-1116 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

What about treating smoking to improve survival and depression?

Taylor, G. & Munafò, M. R., Jun 2018, In : The Lancet Psychiatry. 5, 6, p. 464

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access