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University of Stirling


Ms Fiona Dobbie

Senior Research Fellow

Institute for Social Marketing University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Ms Fiona Dobbie

About me

I am a Research Fellow and part-time PhD student in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport. I have several years’ experience conducting, commissioning and teaching research across the public, private and voluntary sectors. In 2011, I returned to academia to deliver an NIHR funded study to evaluate the longer term impact of NHS Stop Smoking Services in England. My background is in applied public health and social research where I have worked across a range of substantive areas including: general health and wellbeing, mental health, addictions, and disability. I have managed and contributed to several quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods which include: the Scottish Health Survey; Scottish School Leavers survey; and a five year qualitative, longitudinal, cohort study of gamblers and their social networks across Glasgow.

My current research areas are health behaviour change, social network research, tobacco control, smoking cessation and adolescent smoking. With colleagues we have just completed a process evaluation of the delivery of ASSIST (A Stop Smoking in School Trial) in Scotland. My PhD is looking at the trajectory of ASSIST beyond the school environment using social network analysis. I am also the equalities representative and Chair of Athena SWAN for the Faculty (Bronze Award achieved, 2015).

Community Contribution

Invited member of planning group for 2017 Scottish Smoking Cessation Conference

Elected member of the ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) STA (Scottish Tobacco Free Alliance) Council

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Member of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling, ethics committee

Faculty equalities representative

Chair, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling, Athena SWAN team


Currently undertaking a part- time PhD in Public Health: An exploration of the ASSIST smoking prevention programme in social networks beyond the school setting

MPhil in the History of Medicine
University of Glasgow

MA (Hons) Social Policy/Social History
University of Glasgow

Event / Presentation

Key Findings from the Interim Evaluation of ASSIST. 2016 Annual DECIPHer-ASSIST Scottish Conference

Evaluation of ASSIST in Scotland. DECIPHer- ASSIST 2015 Annual Conference

Why do young people start smoking and how can it be prevented? . Working together to reduce access to tobacco and e-cigarettes by young people
ASH Scotland (Action on Smoking and Health)

Why do young people smoke? Trends, influence and policy response. DECIPHer- ASSIST 2015 Annual Conference

We Can Quit – key quantitative findings from the pilot evaluation. . We Can Quit Stakeholder event
Irish Cancer Society

We Can Quit: supporting Irish women living in disadvantaged areas to quit smoking. European Conference on Tobacco or Health

We Can Quit: supporting Irish women living in disadvantaged areas to quit smoking. European Public Health Conference
European Public Health Association (EUPHA)

Evaluating smoking treatment services in England (ELONS): Key findings. Make Smoking History, NHS North East Lincolnshire
NHS North East Lincolnshire CCG

Experiences of conducting research with Stop Smoking Services . UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies

Recovery and relapse from problem gambling. 14th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking

Gambling, children and families - implications for future policy. Social Policy Association Conference

What do clients think about NHS Stop Smoking Services. UK National Smoking Cessation Conference (UKNSCC)
National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT)

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