- Tobacco dependence
My research interests include addictive and health behaviours, especially smoking and weight management. I have been involved in the development and first published trials of several smoking cessation treatments now used worldwide, including nicotine inhalators, nicotine nasal spray, nicotine lozenges, dextrose and varenicline. I also studied behavioural treatments, both intensive clinical approaches and brief interventions in primary care. Another strand of my research is concerned with an understanding of the quitting process and relapse, with particular focus on tobacco withdrawal symptoms. Other interests include use of groups to help people change their health behaviours, and research in weight management.