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Senior Research Associate and Assistant Director of Tobacco Studies

Smoking cessation; health behaviour change; service delivery

Research interests

Clinical trials and evaluations of behavioural treatments and service innovations, surveys of health professionals, pharmacokinetic studies on nicotine delivery systems and various quality of care and nursing projects.

Current research
  • Randomised controlled trial of implementing pro-active telephone counselling for smokers.
  • Pharmacokinetic studies on nicotine delivery systems, including investigation of a novel wide bore inhalation device.
  • Evaluation of a telemarketing approach to recruiting smokers for an NHS Stop Smoking Service.
  • Evaluation of the impact of smoke-free legislation in England upon NHS Stop Smoking Services.
  • Relapse prevention in UK Stop Smoking Services: current practice, potential effectiveness and cost effectiveness.
  • Surveys of health professionals on their knowledge of, and attitude towards, smoking and smoking cessation.
  • Analysis of data from a monthly series of national household surveys with smokers and recent ex-smokers.
  • Various nursing research projects including: evaluation of Nursing Master's dissertations, audit of calls to a cardiac helpline and survey of callers to a cardiac helpline.
Cancer Research UK logo Dr Lynn McFadyen PhD
Studentship in Tobacco Control
Applications are invited for this exciting PhD set within a dynamic and cutting edge research group. Contact Dr Andy McEwen for further details. This PhD will be co-supervised by Professor Ann McNeill from the University of Nottingham.

Evidence suggests that illicit trade in tobacco products is undermining the government's tobacco control programme; and that cheap illicit tobacco goes to the most vulnerable - teenagers and those on low incomes. It is estimated that in the absence of illicit tobacco in the UK, the price of tobacco would be 12% higher overall which would ultimately prevent at least 3,400 fewer deaths per year. A government strategy on illicit tobacco is due to be announced at the end of 2008 and policies designed to reduce the supply of illicit tobacco will ensue. Although monitoring seizures of smuggled, bootlegged and counterfeit tobacco is one way of assessing the impact of policies designed to reduce access to illicit tobacco, this research will concentrate on the impact of the policies upon the purchasing behaviour of smokers, especially those who are from lower socio-economic groups.The study will involve mixed methods and include the following elements: a national survey of smokers in 2009 (baseline), and in 2010 and 2011 (follow-up), in-depth qualitative work with a sample of smokers in two English regions and a further national survey of smokers based upon this work. The emphasis of the study will be on assessing the effectiveness of illicit tobacco control policies, on exploring the nature and extent of the demand for illicit tobacco and relevant implications for future policy and practice.

Cancer Research UK funded post-doctoral fellowship, King's College London, Increasing the quantity of referrals to NHS-Stop Smoking Services by addressing motivational and volitional processes. Steering committee member (2007 - 11).

Cancer Research UK funded PhD studentship, University of Bath. The implications of smoke-free legislation for NHS smoking cessation services. Second supervisor (2006 - 9).


2003-date: Current appointment, Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University College London

1998-2003: Senior Research Nurse, Department of Psychology, St George's Hospital Medical School, London

1997-1998: Addiction Prevention Counsellor, Department of Addictive Behaviour, St George's Hospital Medical School, London

1993-1998: Community Psychiatric Nurse, Kingston Community Drug & Alcohol Team, Kingston-upon-Thames

1992-19993: Charge Nurse, Guys Hospital, London

1990-1992: Staff Nurse, Acute Mental Health and Forensic Psychiatry, St. George's Hospital, Stafford

2005 PhD in Medicine, University of London
1998 MSc Addictive Behaviour, University of London
1990 Registered Mental Nurse
1986 BA (Hons) Modern Studies

Director, Smoking Cessation Services Research Network (SCSRN).

Programme Director, United Kingdom National Smoking Cessation Conference (UKNSCC).

Editorial Board, Journal of Smoking Cessation.

Assistant Editor, Addiction.

Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Health & Social Care Sciences, St George's University of London.

Accreditation Commissioner for Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD).


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