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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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Personal profile

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

  • 21 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Meeting abstract
  • 1 Other contribution

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
  • 61 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
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    121 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
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    77 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
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    148 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)


    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