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I was awarded my PGCert in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education from the University of Oxford in 2022 and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am an Associate Lecturer for Cochrane UK, and teach on their courses for Cochrane Review Authors (R1/R2), which guide authors through the protocol development process.

I am a module co-ordinator for the Systematic Reviews module of the Nuffield Department for Primary Care Health Science's MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. I also teach on other modules and the Medical School's Medicine programme.

I supervise undergraduate, MSc and DPhil students and provide pastoral care for Kellogg College students. My current  DPhil students are carrying out research into the effects of quitting smoking on cardiovascular disease, the potential impact of smoking cessation treatments on socioeconomic equalities, and culturally tailoring smoking cessation interventions.

Declarations of Interest

My salary is funded by an NIHR Infrastructure Grant and I receive payments for teaching from the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I am an applicant and PI on grants from the NIHR and Cancer Research UK. I have no affiliation with the tobacco industry.

Nicola Lindson

BSc PGCert MSc PhD CPsychol FHEA

University Research Lecturer & Cochrane Managing Editor

  • Associate Lecturer for Cochrane UK
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Associate Editor for Addiction (journal)
  • Research Member of Common Room, Kellogg College

My role as Managing Editor for the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group involves facilitating the development and publication of systematic reviews and meta-analyses investigating interventions to prevent and treat tobacco addiction. As well as supporting others to carry out their Cochrane Reviews, I author reviews myself.

My research is internationally recognised and focuses on tobacco addiction and smoking cessation interventions. I have achieved funding for, been involved in developing and managed large multi-centre randomised controlled trials. In 2011 I received the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine's (UKSBM) Early Career Award, and I was awarded my doctorate, examining new approaches to smoking cessation (smoking reduction and nicotine preloading) by the University of Birmingham in 2012. I have worked in Primary Care since I completed my MSc in Research Methods, and as well as smoking and tobacco have also investigated ways to aid GPs in identifying patients with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).

In 2016 I was the Principal Investigator of a stakeholder engagement prioritisation project, funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (CTAG taps), which went on to inform the funding priorities of the NIHR and the French National Cancer Institute.

I am currently co-PI of a project to carry out a Living Cochrane systematic review of 'Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation' More information on the project is available here, and a podcast (Let's Talk E-cigarettes) exploring our findings can be accessed here, as well as through Apple podcasts and Spotify. I am also the PI of an NIHR Evidence Synthesis Programme funded programme grant investigating the safety and effectiveness of pharmacological and electronic cigarette interventions for smoking cessation. This project will include a number of systematic reviews and a component network meta-analysis, and is due to complete in 2023.

I am also leading a programme of work investigating how best to help people in financial difficulties and/or in lower socio economic groups to quit smoking within services designed to provide financial guidance or assistance. So far, this involves a scoping review and service evaluation within social housing.

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