Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Professor Eileen Kaner

Professor of Public Health & Primary Care Research



I am a behavioural scientist and my research programme aims to improve health by promoting the use of evidence-based interventions to reduce lifestyle risk. A key strand of work is the development, evaluation and implementation of screening and brief alcohol interventions in a wide range of health and social care settings. I am a founding member of Fuse - a UKCRC centre of excellence in translational public health research and a lead investigator in the NIHR School of Public Health Research and the NIHR School of Primary Care Research.


BSc. (hons) Zoology, St Andrews University, 1986.
PhD. Ethology, Cambridge University (Pembroke College), 1990.
MSc. Health Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1999.

Previous Positions

Professor of Public Health Research 2007 onward
Senior Lecturer in Public Health, 2005-7.
NHS Primary Care Career Scientist, 2000-2006
MRC Research Fellow in Health Services Research, 1997-2000.

Honours and Awards

Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health.
Chair, NICE Programme Development Group on the Prevention of Alcohol Use Disorders (PH24)
Core member, NICE Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC)

Member, NIHR Public Health Research Funding Board and Senior Fellowships Panel.
Former Trustee of the Alcohol Education and Research Council.
Ambassador for the promotion of Diversity in Public Life (appointed by the Government Equalities Office).








Research Interests

Alcohol and Public Health
Health behaviour change
Screening and brief intervention technologies
Pragmatic trials of complex interventions

Postgraduate Supervision

I have 6 PhDs and one writing-up student. I am happy to supervise students with an interest in alcohol and public health issues or the development and evaluation of complex interventions to improve public health.


Recent grants

Newbury-Birch D, Kaner E, Coulton S, McColl E, Howel D, Deverill M, Tate L. A feasibility trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent hazardous drinking in young people aged 14-15 in a high school setting- SIPS JR-HIGH. (2011-13). NIHR Public Health Research Programme (10/3002/07), £308,070

Kaner E, Rankin J, Hodgson M, McColl E, Laing K, Deverill M, Howel D. Brief alcohol intervention to reduce risky drinking in pregnancy: a pilot randomised controlled trial (2011-14). NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme: PB-PG-0110-19098, £247,717

White M, Adamson A, Batterham A, Carr S, Clarke C, Crosland A, Donaldson C, Eccles M, Hudson R, Hunter D, Kaner E, Rubin G, Shucksmith J, Summerbell C, Wilkinson J. (2008-13) Centre for Translational Research in Public Health. Research Centre Grant, UKCRC. (Res 590-25-0004) £4,993,174

Coulton S, Bland M, Drummond C, Godfrey C, Kaner E, Hassey A, Raistrick D, Rumball D, Tober G. (2007-11) The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of opportunistic screening and stepped care interventions for older hazardous alcohol users in primary care.
NHS R&D Health Technology Assessment, £908,000

Drummond C, Kaner E, Myles J, Oyefesco N, Touquet R, Crawford M, Heather N, Day C, Gilvarry E, Cassidy P, De Luca P, Phillips T, Perryman K, Bland M, Coulton S, Godfrey C. (2005-10)Alcohol screening and brief intervention pilots: National Alcohol Brief Intervention Research Consortium. Department of Health, £3,986,821.


Undergraduate Teaching

Medicine in the Community MBBS (Social Science)

Biomedical Sciences Degree - Health Policy 

Postgraduate Teaching

MSc. Public Health and Health Services Research

i. Public Health Interventions

ii. Health and Health care Policy