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University College London

UCL is one of eight leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research which make up the NIHR School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR).

UCL’s involvement in the School is led by Professor Susan Michie, along with co-investigators Professors Rosalind Raine, Professor Catherine Law, Professor David Osborn and Professor Kate Walters, along with eight further academics. The team is supported by Dr Karen Groot, UCL NIHR SPHR Manager.


News and Events

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SPHR researchers receive Emerald Literati Award

Dr Bettina Friedrich and Dr Oliver Mason, SPHR researchers at UCL have received a Highly-Commended Paper Award in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards of Excellence.

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Behind the research: Dr Jamie Brown

Today we meet Dr Jamie Brown, Principal Research Associate and Deputy Director of the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at UCL.


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Extending The Alcohol Toolkit Study: Understanding the population context of alcohol use

The Alcohol Toolkit Study (ATS) is a monthly household survey of adults in England collecting data on alcohol consumption. This project aims to further develop the ATS to enhance our understanding of alcohol use and policy across England.

1 May 2017 - 31 October 2018

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Optimising the alcohol reduction smartphone app: Drink Less

This research project will further develop the Drink Less app to incorporate findings from the original Drink Less study to make the app more suitable and user friendly.

January 2018 - July 2019

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Stop smoking support services for people with recognised mental health problems

This research project will compare stop smoking support services offered to people with recognised mental health problems and the general population.

August 2017 - August 2018

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The Alcohol Toolkit Study (ATS)

A detailed monthly national survey is needed to understand population-wide influences on alcohol use, and to inform and evaluate policies aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm.

March 2014 - March 2017



Contact information

Dr Karen Groot
SPHR Manager
University College London
Room 504 Alexandra House
17-19 Queen Square
London WC1N 3AZ, UK
+44 (0) 20 7679 5564

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