Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care

Dr Sarah Jackson

Dr Sarah Jackson

Principal Research Fellow

Behavioural Science and Health

Institute of Epidemiology & Health

Joined UCL
1st Nov 2013

Research summary

Sarah's research focuses on behavioural influences on health. Of particular interest are: (i) the causes and consequences of obesity and weight change; (ii) factors that influence smokers' motivation and attempts to quit; (iii) the links between health-related behaviours and the onset and progression of chronic diseases, particularly cancer; (iv) the impact of chronic diseases on health and wellbeing; (v) the ways in which social factors, such as discrimination and interpersonal relationships, influence health behaviours, health and wellbeing. To do this work she makes use of large, population-based datasets including the Smoking and Alcohol Toolkit Studies, and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

Teaching summary

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

PhD supervision

Teaching: MSc Health Psychology, BSc Human Sciences, MBBS, MClinDent Periodontology.

Module co-convenor: MSc Health Psychology


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2019
University College London
Doctorate, Doctorat | 2014
Roehampton University
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2010
University of Sussex
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2009



2020- Principal Research Fellow, UCL

2017-20 Senior Research Fellow, UCL

2013-17 Research Associate, UCL

2010 Research Assistant, UCL


2014 PhD Psychology, UCL

2010 MSc Clinical Nutrition, Roehampton University

2009 BSc Psychology, University of Sussex


Associate Editor, Addiction

Associate Editor, PLOS One

Editor, Nutrients

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Advisory Council, Action on Smoking and Health

Chartered Member, British Psychological Society

Society for the Study of Addiction

Society for Social Medicine

European Public Health Association

Association for the Study of Obesity