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Smoking cessation and relapse prevention Electronic Cigarette use Qualitative and mixed methods approaches to substance dependency topics

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Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

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

Video: MYTH 1: 'Vaping is just as bad as smoking tobacco'

Video: MYTH 2: 'Vaping is more addictive than tobacco'

Video: MYTH 3: 'E-cigarettes are really dangerous to use'

Video: MYTH 4: 'Vaping encourages non-smokers to take up smoking'

Administrative Posts

  • Director of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Citizen's Academy
  • Lead of the UEA Addiction Research group
  • Module lead, MBBS Module 11 - Mental Health

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

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 leads research 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), smoking cessation in hospital emergency departments, E Cigarette use, trajectories and dual use (CRUK), and smoking cessation intervention development within Neonatal units (NIHR).

Professor Notley is Director of the Citizen's Academy - a faculty initiative to coordinate patient and public involvement across medicine and health teaching and research. She is also the academic lead for mental health teaching on the MBBS course.


Research Group or Lab Membership

Director - Faculty of Medicine and Health Citizen's Academy

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). 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 and again in 2021), 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 2021

  1. Notley, C, Houghton, B, Maskrey, V,Holland, R, Lingford-Hughes, A, Punukollu, B, Duka, T & Kouimtsidis, C An exploration of Identity Change in Post-Detoxification Alcohol Dependent Individuals Drugs and Alcohol Today 10-2021
  1. Notley C Commentary on Loud et al: Reconsidering nicotine dependence in adults. Addiction 10-2021
  2. Notley, C, Butler, A.R, Lindson, N, Bullen, C, Theodoulou, A, Begh, R, McRobbie H, Hajek P, Rigotti N, Hartman-Boyce, J. The Cochrane review of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation – remaining focused on the evidence. European Respiratory Journal. Accepted 08-2021
  3. Smith TO, Belderson P, Dainty JR, Notley, C et al Impact of COVID-19 pandemic social restriction measures on people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases in the UK: a mixed-methods study BMJ Open 2021;11:e048772. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-048772
  4. Naughton, F, Brown, C, High, J, Notley, C, Mascolo, C, Coleman, T, Barton, G, Shepstone, L, Sutton, S, Prevost, T, Crane, D, Greaves, F & Hope, A. Randomised controlled trial of a Just-In-Time Adaptive Intervention (JITAI) smoking cessation smartphone app: The Quit Sense feasibility trial protocol (Accepted 03-2021) BMJ Open.
  5. Cox S, Ward E, Ross L, Notley C. How a Sample of English Stop Smoking Services and Vape Shops Adapted During the Early Covid-19 Pandemic: a Mixed-methods Cross Sectional Survey. Research Square; 2021. DOI: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-184310/v1.
  6. Naughton, F; Ward, E; Khondoker, M; Belderson, P; Minihane, A.M; Dainty, J; Hanson, S; Holland, R; Brown, T; Notley, C. Health behaviour change during the UK COVID-19 lockdown: findings from the first wave of the C-19 health behaviour and wellbeing daily tracker study (01-2021) British Journal of Health Psychology. DOI:10.1111/bjhp.12500.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

… → 2003

Bachelor of Science, University of East Anglia

… → 2000

External positions

Honorary Academic, UKHSA/OHID - formerly Public Health England

1 Nov 2019 → …

Visiting Fellow, London South Bank University

1 Jan 2018 → …

Media Expertise

  • Addiction
  • Covid
  • Public Health

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