Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Professor Eileen Kaner

Professor of Public Health & Primary Care Research



Director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration for the North East and North Cumbria. I am an applied behavioural scientist and my research programme aims to improve health and well-being across the life-course by promoting the use of 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 and the NIHR School of Primary Care Research. I am also a Co-applicant and Senior Scientist in the 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

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 Interests

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

Postgraduate Supervision

I have 7 current PhDs and have supervised 15 postgraduate students through to successful completion. 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 recent grants

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

Kaner E, O’Donnell A, McGovern R, Gilvarry E. Understanding Pathways to Stimulant Use: a mixed-methods examination of the individual, social and cultural factors shaping illicit stimulant use across Europe, ATTUNE. NIHR Policy Research Programme Central Commissioning Facility, PR-ST-0416-10001, EU ERANID programme (2016-19). £272,005

Kaner E, Lingam R, McGovern R, Copello A, Shucksmith J, Howel D, Becker F, Steele A, McArdle P. SOLID (Supporting Looked after children In Decreasing Drugs, and alcohol): A multi-centre external pilot randomised controlled trial to decrease risky substance use and improve mental health and well-being of Looked After Children and Care Leavers aged 12 -20 years. NIHR PHR 14/182/08 (2016-19). £502,674

Snowden C, Kaner E, McColl E, Prentis J, Gerrand C, Haighton C, Avery L, Howel D, Gilvarry E. Preoperative Behavioural Intervention for Risky Drinkers before elective orthopaedic Surgery (Preop-BIRDS). NIHR HTA 14/42/01 (2015-18). £598,154

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

McGovern R, Kaner E, McColl E, Hickman M. Brief interventions to reduce hazardous and harmful drinking in parents of children referred to children's social care: a pilot feasibility study NIHR PDF-2014-07-045 (2014-19) £310,315.

Adamson A, Bambra C, Batterham A, Carr S, Cattan M, Crosland A, Hunter D, Kaner E, Rubin G, Rushmer R, Shucksmith J, Sniehotta F, Summerbell C, Vale L, White M. (2013-18) Fuse, Centre for Translational Research in Public Health MRC MR/K02325X/1. £4,259,756


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