Centre for Health and Bioinformatics


Professor Eileen Kaner

Professor of Public Health & Primary Care Research



I am the Director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration for the North East and North Cumbria and an NIHR Senior Investigator. I am also an applied behavioural scientist and my research programme aims to improve health and well-being across the life-course by promoting evidence-based interventions to reduce risks due to alcohol, substance use and linked mental health problems. A key strand of work is the development, evaluation and implementation of screening and brief intervention approaches 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, the NIHR School of Primary Care Research and NIHR Policy Unit in Behavioural Sciences.


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

Area of expertise

Substance use and linked mental health problems
Public Health
Health behaviour change
Screening and brief intervention technologies
Pragmatic trials of complex interventions

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

NIHR Senior Investigator

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 C)
Associate Director of Fuse, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Deputy Chair, NIHR Post Doctoral Fellowship Panel
Trustee, Children North East
Member of Court, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Research profile

I am a member of the Population Health Sciences Institute (see url below) and work in the Public Health and Health Inequalities theme. I am also part of the Healthier Lives NUCoRE.  


Research Interests

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

Postgraduate Supervision

I am happy to supervise students with an interest in alcohol, substance use and linked mental health problems, evidence-based Public Health practice and/or development and evaluation of complex interventions to improve public health.

Funding - selected current grants

Kaner E, Ramsay S., Aquino M, Wearn A, Fong M, Todd A, Bigirumurame T, Bhattarai N, Aveyard P, Munafò M, Attwood A, Robson D, Jolly K, Damery S, West J, Bridges S, Franklin M, Armitage C, Brown J. Supporting the NHS Long Term Plan: An evaluation of the implementation and impact of NHS-funded tobacco dependence services. NIHR Applied Research Collaboration National Priorities: Prevention, including behavioural risk factors, 2021-2023, £369,629.

Ramsay S, Kaner E, Watt R, Bambra C, Sniehotta F, Craig D, Beyer F, Landes D, Mann C, Moffatt S, Paisi M. Identifying effective and sustainable interventions to improve the oral health and related behaviours of adults with severe and multiple disadvantage: evidence synthesis and qualitative stakeholder research. NIHR PRP (22-02-02): Health Inequalities Research Initiative. 2020-22, £629,492.

Wolfe I, Kaner E (joint PIs), Forman J, McGovern R, Taylor Robinson D, Fox-Rushby J, Howard L, Boulding H, Baginsky M, Allard A, Hackett S, Fleming K, Mental Health and Substance use in Children and Families Experiencing Adversity or OveRcoming Adverse ChiLdhood Experiences (ORACLE). NIHR Policy Research Programme, PRP (ST-01-30), 2020-25, £1,470,122.

McGovern, R, Bate A, Gilvarry E, Araujo Soares V, Hay J, Robinson C, Kaner E. SAFEguarding children in Substance exPosed fAmilies by supporting the non-using CaregivEr: Safe Space, MRC PHIND Grant reference: MR/V004034/1, 2020-2022, £141,261

Currie G, Singh S, Johnson R, Swan J, Birchwood M, Munro E, Kaner E, McGovern R, Skouteris H, Graham D, Simkiss D. Innovation for Looked After Children Experiencing Post-16 Transition, Economic & Social Research Council, ESRC Reference: ES/S014985/1. 2019-2023, £1,622,210.

Garnett C, Brown J, Hickman M, Munafo M, Field M, Greaves F, Burton R, Michie S, Pizzo E, Beard E, Kaner E. Evaluating the effectiveness of the alcohol reduction smartphone app, Drink Less, compared with the NHS alcohol advice webpage, for the reduction of alcohol consumption among hazardous and harmful drinkers: randomised controlled trial. NIHR PHR 18/181, 2020-2023, £1,003,157.

Kaner E, Price C, Whitty P, Exley C, Corner L, Van der Graaf P, Haining S, Hill B, Old J, Hall T, Cox D, Hanratty B, Law J, Rankin J, Adamson A, Sniehotta F, Martin D, Bambra C, Burton P, Vale L, Finch T. NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria 2019-2024, £8,999,032.

O’Donnell A, Kaner E, Rowlands G & Anderson P. SCALA: Scale-up of Prevention and Management of Alcohol Use Disorders and Comorbid Depression in Latin America (2017-21) Horizon 2020 (H2020-SC1-2016-2017, Personalised Medicine). £240,086.

Adamson A, Bambra C, Kaner E, Sniehotta F, Summerbell C. NIHR School for Public Health Research (Fuse Membership), 2017-22. £1,537,500.


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