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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD projects on addictive behaviours (with a particular focus on alcohol) and mental health research adopting psychosocial 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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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