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Dr Hazel Gilbert
Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health
Royal Free Campus Rowland Hill Street
Tel: 020 7317 7548
  • Principal Research Associate
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
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Hazel’s main research interest is in the social cognitive aspects of smoking cessation. She currently leads on projects exploring how therapies such as CBT, particularly in the form of brief interventions, can be used as an adjunct to pharmacotherapies to increase cessation rates. Together with Professor Stephen Sutton at the University of Cambridge, she has developed a system of personal feedback, using social cognitive models of behaviour change and principles of cognitive behavioural therapy. The feedback has been developed to target both less motivated quitters, and smokers of lower reading abilities, in a large randomised controlled trial using proactive recruitment of known smokers on GP lists. Use of the personal feedback as an adjunct to face-to-face or telephone advice in various settings is also being explored, with the aim of promoting the use computer aids for smoking cessation in different settings within primary care and in population based studies to encourage quitting activity. 

Hazel has also collaborated in research with the UK charity Quit®, assessing enhancements to services offered by telephone helplines, in the form of additional proactive counselling, and computer-tailored personalised feedback, and continues to work closely with the helpline. In addition she collaborates with the Behavioural Science Group, at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Public Health, on smoking cessation projects using internet and mobile phone technology.


Academic Background
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Health Psychology University of Reading
1988 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Open University
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