||Professor Martin Jarvis
Martin Jarvis is a clinical psychologist whose research interests are in behavioural and
psychological aspects of tobacco dependence. For many years he was based at the National
Addiction Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, since 1989 as a member of the Cancer Research
UK's Health Behaviour Unit. He joined the department, together with rest of the Unit, in February
1996, at which time he was appointed as Reader in Addiction.
The Unit's research into tobacco dependence has a number of strands, including treatment methods,
association with cognition, mood and performance, and smokers' responses to different tobacco products.
The underlying theme is an attempt to develop a better understanding of the role of nicotine in driving
smoking behaviour, against the background of the many social and economic influences affecting cigarette
Areas of current interest include the contribution of nicotine dependence to the widening socioeconomic
gulf in smoking prevalence and cessation rates, and hence to health inequalities: and the close association
of cigarette smoking with adverse mood states in the population. Both of these involve secondary analysis
of data gathered on large nationally representative samples; other work is on smokers recruited for laboratory
experiments or seeking help to stop smoking.
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