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University of Stirling


Professor Michael Ussher

Professor of Behavioural Medicine

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

Professor Michael Ussher

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Michael Ussher is Professor of Behavioural Science and Health at the University of Stirling. In addition, he is Professor of Behavioural Medicine at St George's, University of London, where he also holds the Hamid Ghodse Chair of Addiction and acts as Associate Dean for Widening Participation. He shares his time between the University of Stirling and St George's. Michael is a behavioural scientist with a PhD in behavioural medicine and a background in health psychology. His research focuses principally on the design and evaluation of complex behavioural interventions for smoking cessation and physical activity promotion. His research includes randomised controlled trials of novel ways of helping smokers to quit, with a focus on women who smoke in pregnancy, and trials of physical activity interventions, especially for those who smoke or have mental health issues. He has broad experience of different research methods; besides running RCTs, this includes national surveys and cohort studies of smoking behaviour, systematic reviews, qualitative studies on the processes of smoking cessation and exercise adherence, theoretical modelling of behavioural interventions, and laboratory studies of interventions for managing cigarette withdrawal symptoms. He has led or collaborated on numerous large trials. Recently completed or ongoing trials include the: LEAP trial of physical activity for smoking cessation in pregnancy, the PACE-UP trial of a pedometer-based intervention for older adults, TARS trial of physical activity assisted reduction of smoking, ENRICH study of a peer worker intervention for mental health care, MiQuit studies of text-based support for smoking cessation in pregnancy, CPITT trial of financial incentives for cessation in pregnancy, and PREP trial of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation in pregnancy. Michael has been a Senior Editor of Addiction, the leading journal in its field, since 2009. He is a member of the CRUK Tobacco Advisory Group and has acted as consultant to the Department of Health, notably on the development and evaluation of the Quit-Kit. As a member of the management group of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol studies (a UKCRC Centre for Public Health Excellence covering 13 Universities) he is the co-lead for the pregnancy and smoking research theme. As a member of the UK Population Health Working Group, he has the opportunity to influence the direction of future research opportunities in population health.

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