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Dr Emma Beard
215
1-19 Torrington Place
London
London
WC1E 7HB
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

After completing her BSc in Experimental Psychology and MSc in Health Psychology, Dr Emma Beard was awarded her PhD in 2011 from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London (UCL). She subsequently undertook an MSc in Medical Statistics and was awarded Graduate Statistician Status in 2014. The same year she was awarded a fellowship from the NIHR SPHR and now works as a Research Fellow in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL. Her current work focuses on the analysis of data from the Smoking and Alcohol Toolkit Studies, which are population surveys of adults aged 16+. She has over 40 publications on a variety of topics, with a key focus on tobacco harm reduction, high-risk alcohol consumption and statistical methodology. Emma has presented at both national and international conferences, is an Assistant Editor for Addiction and teaches across a number of MSc and BSc courses in psychology, behavioural science and statistics.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Emma's work to date has focused on the topic of harm reduction. This concept comes from the illicit drug arena and involves any attempt to reduce the harm from drug use without the complete elimination of all components of the drug. Classic examples include methadone maintenance and needle exchange programs.

Emma's research focuses on two types of tobacco harm reduction:

  • The partial substitution of cigarettes with nicotine containing products (e.g. use of nicotine replacement therapy and electronic cigarettes for smoking reduction and temporary abstinence).
  • The complete substitution of cigarettes with nicotine containing products to prevent relapse.
Her work fed into the 2013 NICE Tobacco Harm reduction Guidance.

In March 2014, Emma was awarded an NIHR School of Public Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship. The aim of this Fellowship is to assess the population impact of alcohol control policies and the factors associated with alcohol use and abstinence/alcohol reduction.

Emma has a particular interest in statistical methodology, which includes survival analysis, propensity score matching, mediation analysis and advanced regression methods. She also has an interest in Bayesian analysis.

Although a large amount of her research involves analyzing large datasets (e.g. the Alcohol Toolkit Study and Smoking Toolkit Study), she has also worked on interventions, meta-analyses, qualitative studies and smaller community based surveys.
Teaching Summary

TUTORING
Emma is a personal tutor on the MSc in Health Psychology at UCL. She also offers private tuition for students studying psychology and research methods and statistics.
 
TEACHING
Emma has taught on the Tobacco Control Modules run by the UKCTCs, on the MSc in Cancer Studies at UCL, MSc in Health Psychology at UCL, the MSc in Preventative Cardiology at Imperial College London, the BSc in Psychology at UCL, MSc in Language Studies at UCL, and MSc in Health Psychology at KCL.
 
SUPERVISION/EXAMINATION
Emma is a Project Supervisor for MSc Health Psychology students and those on work-placements within the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. She also marks papers and research projects for the MSc in Health Psychology, MSc in Language Studies and MSc in Cancer Studies.

Appointments
01-OCT-2016 Senior Research Associate Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology UCL, United Kingdom
01-MAR-2014 Post-doctoral Research Associate Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology UCL, United Kingdom
01-DEC-2011 – 28-FEB-2014 Post-doctoral Research Associate Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2008 – 30-NOV-2011 PHD Researcher Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2014 MSc Master of Science – Medical Statistics King's College London
2013 Cert. Certificate in Learning and Teaching – Education Institute of Education
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology University College London
2008 MS Master of Science – Health Psychology King's College London
2007 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Experimental Psychology University of Bristol
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