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PROF Robert West
Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies

Smoking; addiction; driver behaviour

Research interests

Current research includes randomised trials of improved ways of helping smokers to stop, national and internal surveys and cohort studies of smoking behaviour, qualitative studies on the process of stopping smoking, laboratory studies on the acute effects of stopping smoking and how these can be mitigated by psychological and pharmacological interventions, and studies to assess and disseminate best practice in smoking cessation clinics.

Major studies ongoing
  1. Randomised controlled trial of cytisine for smoking cessation
  2. Smoking Toolkit Study: a series of national surveys with follow-ups of smoking and smoking cessation behaviour in England
  3. Examining predictions from the PRIME Theory of motivation on long-term success at stopping smoking
  4. Assessment of the distribution of cotinine in children and adults in England
Current grants
West R, Zatonski W, Cedzynska M, Aveyard P, Stapleton J. Tabex Smoking Cessation (TASC) trial. NPRI. 2006-2008.
West R, Vangeli E. An in-depth investigation of the causes and process of relapse to smoking. Cancer Research UK. 2006-2007.
West R. Contribution to Smoking Toolkit Study. Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. 2006-2011.
West R. Contribution to Smoking Toolkit Study. GlaxoSmithKline. 2006-2007.
West R, Wardle J Smoking cessation: population and clinical approaches. Cancer Research UK. 2007-2012
West R, Contribution to Smoking Toolkit Study. Pfizer 2007-2008
West R, Contribution to Smoking Toolkit Study. GlaxoSmithKline. 2007-2008.

Ussher M, Aveyard P, Evans P, Hucklebridge F, Ibison J, Reid F, Steptoe A, West R 2007-2008, The effect of hydrocortisone on desire to smoke and tobacco withdrawal symptoms

Contribution to Health Psychology module of Psychology BSc
Training of smoking cessation counsellors
Postgraduate training for respiratory physicians and GPs


1982-1985 Research fellow, Institute of Psychiatry
1985-1991 Lecturer then Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway University of London
1991-2003 Senior Lecturer then Professor, St George's Hospital Medical School
2003 - Professor, University College London

1982 PhD Psychology, London University
1977 BSc Psychology (1st Class), London University

QUIT: Member of Board of Trustees
SRNT/WHO Tobacco Treatment Database: Member of Editorial Board
Cochrane Collaboration, Tobacco Review Group: Member of Editorial Board
University of Sussex, MSc in Substance Abuse: External Examiner
National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence: Member of Smoking Guidance Programme Development Group
National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence: Co-opted Member of Behaviour Change Development Group
Society for the Study of Addiction, Trustee and member of the Executive Council
Tobacco Academy, Faculty Member
Addiction, Editor-in-Chief
Addiction Abstracts, Assistant Editor


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