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Administrative Posts

  • Module lead, MBBS Module 11 - Mental Health
  • Qualitative Research Methods lead ClinPsyD
  • Year 1 MBBS PBL Tutor


Smoking relapse prevention, Electronic cigarette use, substance misuse, addiction, mental health and young people, qualitative research methods, qualitative systematic reviewing.

Academic Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, School of Social Work & Psychosocial Sciences, University of East Anglia. Submitted June 2003, examined October 2003
  • 1997-2000. BSc Hons. (Starred First Class) Psychosocial Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Caitlin Notley is the lead of the Addiction Research Group:  https://www.uea.ac.uk/medicine/research/addiction . The group produces high quality multidisciplinary research evidence to impact upon people who are affected by addiction, including service users, carers, health professionals and policy makers. The research approach emphasises responsiveness to social, cultural and pressing health needs, and supporting high risk or disadvantaged groups.

Caitlin is a social scientist, and an expert in qualitative research methodologies applied across health and social sciences. She has extensive experience of running qualitative studies as stand alone projects or alongside clinical trials. Her particular areas of research expertise are tobacco smoking cessation, relapse prevention and electronic cigarette use. She also works in the fields of substance dependency, misuse and addiction, mental health and young people, health needs assessment and qualitative systematic reviewing.

Key Responsibilities

Currently Professor Notley has projects funded by The National Institute for Health Research, Cancer Research UK and the Medical Research Council. Projects focus on a national randomised controlled trial of a smoking relapse prevention interventon (NIHR), E Cigarette use, trajectories and dual use (CRUK), and smoking cessation intervention development within Neonatal units (NIHR).

Professor Notley is the academic lead for mental health teaching on the MBBS course and leads the qualitative research methods teaching for the ClinPsyD course.


Research Group Membership

Lead of the Addiction research group

Member of the Public Health and Health Services research theme

Member of the Medical School Research Committee



Teaching Interests

Academic lead for MBBS Module 11 - Mental Health and Psychiatry. Involvement in teaching and assessment (Module 11). Year 1 MBBS PBL tutor. Teaching research methods and involvement in supervision of research dissertations and MBBS analytical reviews. Personal advisor to MBBS students (years 1-5) and supervision of PhD students, MSc students, Foundation year Doctors on academic and public health placements, and Public Health trainees on a research placement.

I have led the redevelopment of the MBBS Mental health module (2016-2017), defining learning outcomes, reviewing PBL cases and contibuting to exam question writing. As part of my previous substance misuse curriculum development post I contributed significantly to curriculum development and design, having undertaken mapping of the MBBS curriculum, and made recommendations and changes to teaching. These recommendations have aligned UEA’s teaching to national learning objectives for substance misuse teaching.

I have facilitated PBL groups, contributed to student assessment through marking MBBS research protocols, final year research projects and SSS presentations. I have also undertaken consultation skills training.

In previous years, I have been invited as a guest lecturer to undertake specialist teaching in research methods for undergraduate and post graduate students.

Teaching Activities

  • SSS assessment and exam marking
  • Supervision of Addictions focused PhD students


Senior Lecturer in Mental Health


Previous Appointments

2012-2018 UK Society for the Study of Addiction Research Fellow - Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia

2009-2013 Research Advisor National Institute for Health Research, Research Design Service for the East of England – specialising in qualitative methodologies 

2009-2011 Lecturer in Substance Misuse - School Of Medicine Health Policy & Practice, University of East Anglia.

2007-2011 Qualitative Lead researcher, 'A randomised controlled trial, economic evaluation and qualitative study of supervised consumption in patients managed with opiate maintenance treatment', School Of Medicine Health Policy & Practice, University of East Anglia.

2008 Research Associate, ‘Needs Assessment of Norfolk Drugs Misusers not in Treatment’, School Of Medicine Health Policy & Practice, University of East Anglia.

2008 Associate Tutor, School of Psychosocial Sciences, University of East Anglia.

2007 Research Associate ‘Young Peoples Needs Assessment for Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership’, School Social Work & Psychosocial Sciences, University of East Anglia.

2005 - 2006 Research Associate, ‘Evaluation of Family Resolutions Pilot Project’ Centre for Research on the Child and Family, School of Psychosocial Sciences, University of East Anglia.

2005 - 2006 Research Associate ‘National Evaluation of Children’s Trusts Pathfinders’, Centre for Applied Research In Education, School of Education, University of East Anglia.

2004-2005 Research Associate, ‘A Process and Outcome Evaluation of In-Court Conciliation at First Appointment in Contact Cases’, Centre for Research on the Child and Family, School of Psychosocial Sciences, University of East Anglia.

2000-2004 Associate Tutor, School of Psychosocial Sciences, University of East Anglia.

2002-2004 Editor’s Assistant, Journal of Therapeutic Communities
2002-2003 Assistant Editor, Journal of Child & Family Social Work

Professional Qualifications and professional memberships

December 2011 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, University of East Anglia
July 2000 BSc (Hons), University of East Anglia (starred 1)
August 2003 PhD, University of East Anglia

Selected publications

1. Song F, Maskrey V, Blyth A, Brown T, Barton G.R, Aveyard P, Notley C, Holland R, Bachmann M.O, Sutton S, Brandon T.H (2015) Differences in Longer-Term Smoking Abstinence After Treatment by Specialist or Nonspecialist Advisors: Secondary Analysis of Data From a Relapse Prevention Trial. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 07-2015. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 05-2016, 1–6. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntv148

2. Notley, C, Blyth, A, Craig, J, Edwards, A & Holland, R (2015) Postpartum Smoking Relapse – A Thematic Synthesis of Qualitative Studies. Addiction 110(11), p1712-1723

3. Maskrey, V, Blyth, A, Brown, T.J, Barton, G.B, Notley, C, Aveyard, P, Holland R, Bachmann, M.O, Sutton, S, Leonardi-Bee, J, Brandon, T & Song F (2015) Self-help educational booklets for the prevention of smoking relapse following smoking cessation treatment: A randomized controlled trial. Addiction 09-2015 DOI: 10.1111/add.13080.

4. Song F , Maskrey V, Blyth, A, Brown, T.J, Barton, G.B, Notley, C, Aveyard, P, Holland R, Bachmann, M.O, Sutton, S, Leonardi-Bee, J, Brandon, T & (2015) Effectiveness and economic evaluation of self-help educational materials for the prevention of smoking relapse: randomised controlled trial HTA Monograph. Volume 19 issue 59 July 2015. ISSN 1366-5278.

5. Tombor, I, Shahab, L, Brown, J, Notley, C & West, R. Does non-smoker identity following quitting predict long-term abstinence? Evidence from a population survey in England. Addict Behav. 2015 Jun; 45: 99–103. doi:  10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.01.026

6. Croxford, A, Notley, C, Maskrey, V, Holland, R, & Kouimtsidis, C,  (2014) ‘An exploratory qualitative study seeking participant views evaluating group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group preparation for alcohol detoxification.’ Journal of Substance Use. Early online 1-8.

7. Notley, C, Blyth, A, Maskrey, V, Pinto, H & Holland R. Exploring the Concepts of Abstinence and Recovery through the Experiences of Long Term Opiate Substitution Clients. Subst Abus. 2014 Aug 15:0.

8. Holland, R, Maskrey, V, Swift, L, Notley, C, Robinson, A, Nagar, J, Gale, T & Kouimtsidis, C (2014) Treatment retention, drug use and social functioning outcomes in those receiving 3 months versus 1 month of supervised opioid maintenance treatment. Results from the Super C randomized controlled trial. Addiction. doi:10.1111/add.12439

9. Notley, C, Christopher, R, Hodgekins, J, Byrne, R, French, P & Fowler, D (2014) Participant views on Involvement in a trial of Social Recovery Cognitive Behaviour Therapy  British Journal of Psychiatry. 205, 1-6, doi: 10.1192/bjp.114.146472

10. Carroll, J, Goodair, C, Chaytor, A, Notley, C, Ghodse, H & Kopelman, P (2014) Substance misuse teaching in undergraduate medical education. BMC Medical Education.2014, 14:34. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-34. URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6920/14/34

11. Notley, C, Maskrey, V & Holland, R (2011) The needs of problematic drug misusers not in treatment – a qualitative study of perceived treatment barriers and recommendations for services. Drugs Education, Prevention and Policy. 


External Activities

    • Member of the Tobacco and Alcohol Cochrane review group
    • Co-Chair of ‘Global’ group for Society fr Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2025 strategic planning process
    • Honorary contract holder, Public Health England
    • Member of the Advisory Council for ‘Action on Smoking and Health’ (ASH), May 2019
    • Chair of the Trial Steering Committee for trial of financial incentives for smoking relapse prevention postpartum.
    • SSA ‘Future leader’ for the ‘Women in Addiction Science’ SSA funded project.
    • Scientific committee board member (European representative)  – Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2019.
    • Visiting Fellow – London South Bank University Addictive behaviors research group
    • Associate Editor - Nicotine and Tobacco Research
    • Elected as European member delegate, Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco 2018-2021
    • Chair of Scientific Committee, Global Forum on Nicotine 2018, 2019 & 2020
    • Invited expert peer reviewer for NIHR RfPB, PHR, HS&DR, CRUK & Cochrane

External positions

Honorary Academic, Public Health England

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Visiting Fellow, London South Bank University

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