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Geoff Bates


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Research interests

Dr Geoff Bates is a Research Associate at the Institute for Policy Research, primarily working on the TRU3D project. He was previously based at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University. 

Geoff completed his PhD in 2019, which looked at how public health policymakers and practitioners can respond to anabolic steroid use in the UK. He used qualitative methods to identify priorities to address in this area and applied socioecological and complex systems perspectives to explore ways to respond to these needs. He has particular interests in understanding health and social behaviours and behaviour change, and the development of interventions, policy and guidance. His research projects have most frequently focussed on substance use and addiction, mental health and wellbeing, the environment and sustainability, and physical activity.

Teaching interests

Geoff has experience delivering undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervising student projects. In particular he has supported delivery of research methods modules with a focus on qualitative methods, evidence synthesis and study skills. He is interested in systematic review methods and has developed and delivered modules and training courses to students and researchers in this area.

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Sep 201630 May 2019

Award Date: 11 Jul 2019

Health Psychology, Master in Science, Aston University

9 Jan 200730 Jul 2008

Award Date: 1 Aug 2008

External positions

Visiting lecturer, Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England.

3 Jun 2019 → …

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Research Output

An evidence-based socioecological framework to understand men’s use of anabolic androgenic steroids and inform interventions in this area

Bates, G., Tod, D., Leavey, C. & McVeigh, J., 2 Nov 2019, In : Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. 26, 6, p. 484-492 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

A systematic review investigating the behaviour change strategies in interventions to prevent misuse of anabolic steroids

Bates, G., Begley, E., Tod, D., Jones, L., Leavey, C. & McVeigh, J., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Health Psychology. 24, 11, p. 1595-1612 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
8 Citations (Scopus)

Treatments for people who use anabolic androgenic steroids: a scoping review

Bates, G., Van Hout, M-C., Teck, J. T. W. & McVeigh, J., 30 Dec 2019, In : Harm Reduction Journal. 16, 1, 75.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access

Identifying a typology of men who use anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS)

Zahnow, R., McVeigh, J., Bates, G., Hope, V., Kean, J. & Smith, J., 1 May 2018, In : International Journal of Drug Policy. 55, p. 105-112 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
22 Citations (Scopus)

The cost-effectiveness of seven behavioural interventions to prevent drug misuse in vulnerable populations

Pennington, B., Collins, B., Leigh, S., Martin, A. P., Owen, L., Fischer, A., Sumnall, H. & Bates, G., 1 Jul 2018, In : International Journal of Drug Policy. 57, p. 42-50 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access