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Hayden McRobbie, MB, ChB (Otago), PhD (London)

Reader in Public Health Interventions

Centre for Environmental and Preventive Medicine
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Hayden McRobbie

I graduated with his degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Otago (New Zealand) in 1996.

After working in general medicine and surgery for three years I moved to the UK to take up a post in the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London.

Whilst working in the unit he completed his PhD, which focused on tobacco withdrawal symptomatology.

One of my main current research interests concerns treatment approaches that could help these highly dependent smokers. In my previous work, I have examined brief treatments practicable routinely on a large scale and more intensive clinical interventions, both behavioural and pharmacological, including first published trials of new nicotine replacement formulations.

I have also been involved in writing systematic reviews, clinical guidelines, assisting NICE with literature reviews and guiding practitioners via training and treatment manuals.

I am also involved in weight management and I am currently leading a randomised controlled trial comparing weight loss in a group-based weight management programme with a practice nurse intervention.

I contribute to numerous expert bodies, committees, working groups and conferences and I am an Assistant Editor of Addiction, Associate Editor of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Deputy Editor of the Journal of Smoking Cessation, a member of the Society for Research of Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) and the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD).


  • Behavioural Medicine
  • Tobacco Control
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Management


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