Paul Toner


  • Room 01.525 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I offer PhD projects on addiction (with a particular focus on alcohol) and mental health research adopting psychological approaches to prevention, assessment and intervention. These can utilise quantitative (e.g. have expertise in psychometrics for questionnaire development/validation) or mixed methods.

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Research Statement

Dr Paul Toner has a PhD in Psychology and an MSc in Research Methods from the University of Bath and a first class BSc with Honours in Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) from the University of York, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS).  

Paul leads research which aims to prevent and alleviate the suffering and economic burden caused by addiction and common mental health difficulties. Through rigorous development work, experimental and mediation testing utilising innovative methods his research attempts to improve ways of preventing, assessing and treating these issues at individual, family, community and population levels. Implementation fidelity from research to the real-world context is also an important consideration - ensuring impact outside of the University environment. Paul takes a trans-disciplinary approach to research and collaborates with national and international colleagues. His main research areas are: alcohol, psychometrics, mixed methods and psychosocial interventions.  

Paul has received two personal awards from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) for doctoral and post-doctoral research respectively, and with colleagues has generated a research income of approximately £1 million from funders including the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Wellcome Trust, the Department for International Development (DFID), and Alcohol Change UK.

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Research Output 2008 2019

  • 21 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Meeting abstract
  • 1 Other contribution
39 Downloads (Pure)

Alcohol screening and assessment measures for young people: A systematic review and meta-analysis of validation studies

Toner, P., Boehnke, J. R., Andersen, P. & McCambridge, J., 01 Sep 2019, In : Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 202, p. 39-49 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Validation Studies
5 Citations (Scopus)
99 Downloads (Pure)

Involving young people in drug and alcohol research

Brady, L-M., Templeton, L., Toner, P., Watson, J. M., Evans, D., Percy-Smith, B. & Copello, A., 01 Mar 2018, In : Drugs and Alcohol Today. 18, 1, p. 28-38

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Research Personnel
Behavior Therapy
2 Citations (Scopus)
60 Downloads (Pure)

‘I’m not a real boozer’: A qualitative study of primary care patients’ views on drinking and its consequence

Khadjesari, Z., Stevenson, F., Toner, P., Linke, S., Milward, J. & Murray, E., 18 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Public Health. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Primary Health Care
Life Style
Public Health
2 Citations (Scopus)
126 Downloads (Pure)

A systematic review of alcohol screening and assessment measures for young people: A study protocol

Toner, P., Boehnke, J. & McCambridge, J., 06 Jun 2017, In : BMJ Open. 5 p., e016406.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Validation Studies
3 Citations (Scopus)

Youth social behaviour and network therapy (Y-SBNT): Adaptation of a family and social network intervention for young people who misuse alcohol and drugs - A randomised controlled feasibility trial

Watson, J., Toner, P., Day, E., Back, D., Brady, L-M., Fairhurst, C., Renwick, C., Templeton, L., Akhtar, S., Lloyd, C., Li, J., Cocks, K., Ambegaokar, S., Parrott, S., McArdle, P., Gilvarry, E. & Copello, A., 01 Apr 2017, In : Health Technology Assessment. 21, 15, p. 1-260

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Behavior Therapy
Social Behavior
Social Support
Randomized Controlled Trials


Rewarding Excellence, University of York

Paul Toner (Recipient), Dec 2014

Prize: Other distinction

SSA Griffith Edwards Academic Fellowship

Paul Toner (Recipient), Dec 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


Visiting Fellow, University of York

Paul Toner (Recipient), Sep 2018

Prize: Appointment